GARDENING TIPS

Gardening Tips 

August

We have an amazing abundance of flowers and organic edible plants this time of year. 
Come in and pick out something fun you haven't grown before.

Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs
  • June is a great month to plant annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. 
  • Plants and trees that provide color in the month of June include: hydrangeas, spireas, butterfly bush and mock orange. Visit our garden center to see these and other beautiful plants in bloom.     
  • We have a great selection of annuals to choose from, including geraniums, impatiens, marigolds, petunias, vinca, salvia and many other flowering plants.
  • Fertilize annuals, perennials and flowering shrubs and trees with a slow-release plant food fertilizer like 
  • *EB Stone Organic - All purpose Fertilizer for plant growth and development.  
  • Feed all your evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs with *GreenAll - Multi Purpose Plant Food 16-16-16.
  • Spruce up your summer landscape with beautiful color in containers. Use *GreenAll - Planting Mix when planting and a water-grabbing polymer such as *Soil Moist to reduce the frequency of watering.

Fruits & Veggies
  • Fertilize vegetables as needed with*E.B.Stone ORGANIC Tomato & Vegetable Food.
  • Fertilize fruits with *E.B.Stone ORGANIC Citrus & Fruit Tree Food.
  • If necessary, apply*Monterey Take Down Garden Spray-RTU to tomato plants and other vegetables to control diseases.   
  • Stake tomato plants. 
  • Start seeds for fall vegetables. This includes broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

Houseplants
  • Continue to feed houseplants with a good quality indoor plant food such as *Osmocote 
  • If needed, re-pot root bound houseplants to a larger pot. Use a potting mix like *UNI-GRO Potting Soil. 

Shrubs & Trees
  • Don't neglect watering your plants. Most flowers and shrubs need about an inch of water each week to perform well and newly planted seedlings will perish if their roots are allowed to dry out.
  • It's not too late to fertilize your trees and shrubs. Use *EB Stone Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Plant Food to feed evergreens and acid loving plants like rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and junipers. Use an all-purpose fertilizer like *GreenAll Multi Purpose 16-16-16 fertilizer to feed roses, deciduous shrubs and trees.  
  • Early flowering deciduous shrubs such as forsythias, weigela and spiraea should be pruned back as soon as they have finished blooming. 
  • Remove the wilting seed heads from rhododendrons and azaleas, so that the plant's energy can go to foliage growth and next year's flowers.  
  • Add *EB Stone Agricultural Lime in the soil around your hydrangeas to produce pink flowers or *GreenAll True Blue Aluminum Sulfate for vibrant blue color.  
  • Remove any sucker growth from fruit trees as soon as they appear.  
  • Keep roses sprayed with *Safer 3-in-1 Garden Spray for aphids and other pests and diseases such as black spot.  
  • Pines and other conifers can be kept to a compact size by pinching off the new growth. 
  • Lilacs should be pruned lightly after they finish blooming, removing sucker growths and dead blooms. Feed lilacs with *GreenAll Multi Purpose 16-16-16 fertilizer after they have finished blooming. If your soil has an acidic pH (potential Hydrogen), work a little *EB Stone Agricultural Lime into the soil as well. 

Pest Control
  • Use diatomaceous earth such as *Safer - Ant & Crawling Insect Killer to control crawling insects such as cockroaches, ants, slugs, silverfish, earwigs, fleas, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and carpet beetles. It can be used indoors and outdoors.
  • If you are in a foggy area of the city, you are most likely experiencing mold and fungus problems. Prune badly infected plant parts to increase air circulation.
  • For powdery mildew, a common fungal disease, prune older, more diseased leaves. If necessary remove entire plant.
  • Use *WORRY FREE Weed & Grass Killer to kill weeds and grasses in brick patios and walkways. 
  • Spray roses with *Serenade ORGANIC DISEASE CONTROL to keep black spot and other problems under control.  
  • Control slugs and snails with *SLUGGO.

The Lawn
  • August is the best time to control grubs in the lawn.  
  • If you want to prevent broadleaf weeds such as chickweed and henbit next spring, but you would still like to seed the lawn this fall, apply *Concern Weed Prevention Plus. By applying this product now, you will be able to seed in late September or early October (seeding can be done 45-60 days after you apply the weed preventer).  
  • If needed, apply a fungicide to the lawn to control turf diseases such as brown patch, dollar spot and others.  
  • If needed, apply a weed control to the lawn to kill actively growing weeds. Use *Scotts 
  • Weed & Feed. 
  • Control slugs and snails with *SLUGGO.  
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