Timely Summer Garden Tips

Hot weather tips: When temperatures are over 90 degrees, check flowers twice daily for water, in the morning and again in the evening.  Some pots/beds may require additional water applications to fight the heat.  Don’t get caught over-watering when temps cool down again like next week.  Flowers that may be struggling should be moved to a protected location to take off the stress.  When it cools down, move them back to original location.

Get a second bloom from tired annuals by cutting them back now and then fertilizing with Jack’s Blossom Booster. Fresh flowers will arrive in a couple of weeks.

Keep up with your regular fertilizer regime.  Use Jack’s Blossom Booster or cut your Jack’s Petunia or All-Purpose fertilizer rate in half.

Where a plant has failed, consider filling the hole with a splash of color. Creek Side has a great selection that will work perfectly!

Bring some color to your porch and patio this weekend!  Great selection of summer blooming Grown Fresh Big Summer Color, “instant color” to create your special project or decorate an upcoming event.

In the perennial bed, deadhead the spent flowers and evaluate general plant health. Cut some unspent flowers for a fresh table arrangement to enjoy in the house or patio!

Perennials can still be planted now particularly on a cloudy day or early or late in the day. Mulch any areas of bare soil to help hold in moisture and keep temperatures cooler.

Still time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials for that landscape project you have been thinking about. Check out our incredible selection!

Fertilize roses monthly.

Got Bugs?  Now is the time that pest and/ or disease problems are showing up.  Keep an eye open for insects on the tips of branches or flower buds, or signs of chewing on the leaves or flowers.  Put your thumb on the end of your hose and blast them off as an initial remedy.

Also, spots on the leaves could be the sign of a fungal disease, or it could be an environmental issue. It is important to match the correct pest control strategy with the pest problem.  Water early in the day so that foliage is dry going into the night.  Snap a photo or bring in a sample to the garden center to review with one of our Green Team experts. We offer a full range of solutions to help you solve your gardening problems.