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Trees Mean Business 2015-16

In the first year of KDB’s Trees Mean Business tree planting program, TEN Denton businesses received up to five trees each! KDB’s Trees Mean Business Program grants free trees, including planting and delivery, to Denton businesses.

Find out if your business is eligible to receive FREE trees and apply here.

Apply by Friday, September 2 to receive trees in September/October of this year.

Trees Mean Business is made possible through the Denton Tree Initiative, a partnership effort between Keep Denton Beautiful and the City of Denton to plant 12,000 trees by 2019. Learn more at www.dentontreeinitiative.com.

 

See photos below of the Denton businesses and nonprofits who have benefited from Trees Mean Business so far!

Cycle Center of Denton –  five trees in spring 2016

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Denton County – eight trees split among three locations in fall 2015

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East Side Denton – three trees in spring 2016

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Good Samaritan Village – five trees in fall 2015IMG_3103e

 

Labinal Power Systems – four trees in spring 2016IMG_2916e

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MBS Seed, Inc. – five trees in fall 2015

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Mr. B’s Bookkeeping – five trees in fall 2015

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Oak St. Drafthouse – three trees in spring 2016

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The Village Church – five trees in fall 2015

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United Through Hope – five trees in spring 2016

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Thank you to our Trees Mean Business participants for taking advantage of these programs to help us plant more trees and reach our goal of 12,000 trees by 2019!

What to Plant in Denton this September

It’s bluebonnet season! Wait – what? Okay, so you won’t find those lovely patches of Texas’ favorite wildflower blooming just yet. But September is the perfect time to spread bluebonnet seeds.

Use your Texas wildflower seed packet if you’re a KDB Member, and spread the seeds in an area of your yard where they can disperse over time without being mowed. Consult the Texas Department of Transportation website for specific tips on planting bluebonnets.

Curious about why bluebonnets seem to be dwindling in the Denton area? KDB Director Lauren Barker was interviewed last spring over that exact topic! Adding bluebonnets to your yard, and allowing them to reseed each year, will help to establish a healthy Denton bluebonnet population over time.

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Photo of bluebonnets by KDB Intern Haley Pittman

If you have existing perennial flowers in your garden, consider dividing them this month. Dividing flowers aids their growth process in a number of ways. First, it controls their growth. Flowers that have taken over your garden are less likely to take over after being divided into separate flowerbeds. Second, this process actually revitalizes them for abundant growth in the spring! Struggling plants can produce more blossoms, and will grow stronger come springtime.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our annual Community Tree Giveaway on October 24 – if you plan on registering for a free tree, you can plant it next month. Registration for the Community Tree Giveaway opens on Monday, September 21. And if you needed another reason to become a KDB member, make note that members can register for a free tree one week earlier, starting Monday, September 14!

At last year's Tree Giveaway, we gave out almost 1,000 free trees in the community!
At last year’s Tree Giveaway, we gave out 750 free trees to Denton residents!

 

For more advice on pruning and planting, check out some tips from our friends with the Denton County Master Gardener Association and the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office.

Finally, be sure to buy your starters, seeds and supplies from our local partners Painted Flower Farm and Four Seasons Nursery, and get a KDB members-only discount when you renew your membership for 2015! Just show your KDB membership card at checkout.

Enjoy your fall gardens, and as always, happy planting from all of us at KDB!

What to Plant in Denton this August

Although August can produce some of the hottest temperatures of the summer in Denton, it is also a crucial month for beginning your cold-weather gardening.

Cold-weather veggies include broccoli, radishes, cauliflower, kale, spinach and more. If you want to harvest fresh vegetables for cooking during the winter months, now is the time to plant them!

Irises are dormant now, so this is the best time to plant them. These flowers are hardy growers in North Texas, and are often found surviving in areas where they receive little to no maintenance. Denton soils range from clay to sandy – if you’re soil is heavily clay, add several inches of coarse sand and compost. Irises love sandy loam soil – although they are known to do well without much care, taking the extra step to prepare your soil will ensure their success in your garden.

Photo of iris by KDB intern Haley Pittman
Photo of iris by KDB intern Haley Pittman

Want to try growing a pumpkin for Halloween? Pumpkins prefer warmer temperatures, and it can be difficult to time their season just right for harvesting in October. Plant your pumpkin seeds early this month for a shot at a homegrown Halloween pumpkin.

Photo of homegrown pumpkins via Eat the Weeds
Photo of homegrown pumpkins via Eat the Weeds

If you planted summer herbs and vegetables, go ahead and harvest them this month.


As always, happy planting from all of us at KDB!

For more advice on pruning and planting, check out some tips from our friends with the Denton County Master Gardener Association and the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office.

Finally, be sure to buy your starters, seeds and supplies from our local partners Painted Flower Farm and Four Seasons Nursery and get a KDB members-only discount when you renew your membership for 2015! Just show your KDB membership card at checkout.