Timely Garden Tips

Summer is the time to enjoy the beauty that a garden can provide. Make sure and provide plants with ample moisture so they don’t suffer from summer heat stress. Applying a layer of mulch will also help plants retain moisture and will help prevent weeds from germinating.

Add color to your garden to make it come alive for summer parties with annuals such as Ageratum, Alyssum, Marigolds, Mimilus, Periwinkle, Petunias, Snapdragon, Verbena, and Zinnia for sunny locations. Use Begonia, Impatiens, and Lobelia for areas with more shade. It’s not too late to plant roses and fruit trees and we still have a good selection to choose from. The nursery is bursting with colorful perennials and we invite you to come in and visit to see them in their full blooming glory. As always, our staff is available to help you with great perennial planting ideas,

Feed lawns every month with Dr. Earth Organic Fertilizer. It helps promote deep green color, encourages root development and will improve your lawn’s resistance to disease. Control existing weeds with Weed Free Zone. Prevent and control grubs and other lawn feeding insects with Hi-Yield Grub Control. Raise your mower height to at least 2 inches. The higher lawn height helps insulate the grass roots from heat, reducing the potential for heat stress and requiring less water. Make sure to water between 5:00AM and 9:00AM to help prevent lawn disease. Our Free LAWN CARE GUIDE is loaded with timely information that will help you achieve the lawn of your dreams year-round.

Keep evergreen trees and shrubs healthy and green by feeding every 2 months with Ferti-Lome Tree and Shrub Food. Prune shrubs now to keep them from getting leggy in summer. Azaleas and Rhododendron should be fed every two months with Dr. Earth Organic #4. To control aphids on any new growth, spray as needed with Ferti-Lome Triple Action.

Feed roses every two months March thru October with Bayer Advanced All in One Rose Care. Control aphids, spider mites and thrips with Natural Guard Copper Soap. Prevent and control blackspot, powdery mildew and rust with Bayer Advanced All in One Rose Care. Avoid overhead or night watering. Pick up your FREE copy of our ROSE CARE GUIDE for extra tips.

Give fruit trees their second feeding of Dr. Earth Organic # 9. Use Natural Guard Copper Soap spray to control aphids, mites and whitefly. Control the size of your tree and create next season’s fruiting wood by summer pruning your fruit trees now. Make sure and paint trunks with TREE TRUNK WHITE to protect them from sun scalding and help prevent borers. Pick up your FREE copy of our FRUIT TREE CARE GUIDE and CITRUS CARE GUIDE for more tips.

Prepare soil for summer flowers by working in Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost into existing soil. Apply Dr. Earth Starter Fertilizer before planting. Feed flowers every two weeks with Dr. Earth Organic # 8 Bud and Bloom Booster. For a larger harvest in the garden, feed summer vegetables every two months with Dr. Earth Organic # 5 Tomato Vegetable and Herb Fertilizer. (The calcium in this unique plant food helps prevent blossom end rot in tomatoes and peppers. If tomatoes bloom but fail to set fruit, spray blossoms with TOMATO SET. To control caterpillars on petunias, geraniums, snapdragons and tomatoes spray every 7-10 days with Thuicide. Protect plants from slugs and snails with Sluggo. For other crawling insects such as earwigs and sowbugs apply Lilly Miller Insect Bait. Pick up our FREE VEGETABLE GUIDE or BEDDING PLANT GUIDE for extra tips.