Trim Hedges: Frequent trimming of hedges promotes new growth and a full, dense look, while infrequent trimming causes a bare, woody look.
Pinch back: Keep petunias and fuchsias pinched back for a compact plant and more blooms this summer. Be sure to bait for slugs and snails. We recommend non-toxic Sluggoâ„¢.
Budworms: Keep an eye out for budworms, especially on petunias, nicotiana and geraniums. Tell-tale signs are holes in flower buds and black droppings on leaves. You can hand-pick these guys off your plants, or use Bonide® Rose Rx or Bonide® Tomato & Vegetable Spray.
Attract Beneficial Insects: Keep your vegetable plot healthy this summer by planting flowers nearby that attract beneficial insects. Good options include coreopsis, cosmos, goldenrod, marigolds, sunflowers and yarrow.
Lawns: For a healthy lawn, mow more frequently now that grass is growing actively, cutting no more than a third of the grass height at each mowing. Take care to keep weeds from taking over your beautiful grass by using products such as Bonide® Weed Beater Ultra or GreenAll® Weed & Feed. Fertilize lawns with a low-nitrogen fertilizer.
Mulch: As the weather warms up, it’s even more important to mulch! Spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of organic matter over garden beds now to conserve moisture, cool plant roots and discourage weeds.
Plant a Fourth of July Pot: Create a patriotic container with red Geraniums, white verbena and blue Torena “Kauai Deep Blue”. Or make a centerpiece basket for the table with red zinnias or dahlias, white roses and bold, blue hydrangeas or other great combinations you can find here at Evergreen.
Fertilize: Fertilize fruits and vegetables with E.B. Stone Citrus & Fruit Tree Food or E.B. Stone Organics Tomato & Vegetable Food to get the most out of your summer harvest.
Prune Grape Foliage: When grapes are pea-size, remove leaves within 6 inches of the bunches. The pruning improves air circulation, lessening the chance of fungal and bacterial mildews and rot. Keep some leaves on the sunny south side of the clusters, however, to shade the fruit from intense direct sun.
Remove Suckers from Apple and Pear Trees: Because summer pruning doesn’t encourage as much regrowth as winter pruning, you can take off suckers now. Rub little ones out with your thumb, and nip bigger ones out with a knife, pruning shears, or saw.
Water: Water deeply to keep plants healthy throughout the heat.
Harvest: Start harvesting vegetables such as artichokes, summer squash, lettuce and tomatoes as they ripen. Harvest basil by pinching back in order to keep it growing bushy for the rest of summer.
Deadhead Flowering Plants: Snip faded flowers to prevent seed from setting, which slows or stops the bloom cycle. Pinch back fall bloomers, such as Aster, Helianthus and Sedum Autumn Joy to create bushier plants with more blooms.
Control Powdery Mildew: Dry summer conditions are perfect for this white fungal disease, which forms on both sides of leaves. Cosmos, crape myrtles, delphiniums, roses and scabiosa can be quite susceptible to it, especially if growing in shade. Treat with a plant-based oil such as Bonide® Neem Oil, Bonide® Fung-onil or Serenade Garden Disease Control.
Plant Vegetables: Fall harvest vegetables such as kale, cabbage, spinach and
broccoli are starting to become available now. Stop into Evergreen to pick them up.