GARDENING TIPS

Gardening Tips 

July

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 fruits and vegetables with *EB Stone Organic Fruit, Berry & Vine Food on a regular basis for best results.  
  • Pick up any fallen fruit from your trees to keep pests away. 
  • Stake tomato plants. 
  • Start seeds for fall vegetables. This includes broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts.

Houseplants
  • Feed houseplants with *MAXSEA indoor plant food.  
  • Check to see if your houseplants are root bound. Water them thoroughly and carefully remove them from their pots. If the roots have compacted around the outside of the root ball, it is time to re pot. Use *Uni-Gro Organic Potting Soil when re-potting.  
  • Carefully examine your houseplants for pests. It is much easier to fight an insect infestation or disease in its early stage.  
  • Mist your plants regularly. This adds to the humidity, keeps the leaves cleaner and healthier and helps to prevent spider mites.  

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
  • Check brown spots in lawns for sod webworms and grubs and ask us to recommend effective controls.  
  • Spray roses to avoid fungi and insect damage. A spray such as *Serenade Disease Control will help to control black spots, powdery mildew and mites.  
  • Keeping rats and mice OUT! Replace weather stripping on doors and garages. Check dryer vents and replace with ¼ inch hardware cloth. Use coarse steel wool or expandable foam to seal gaps. Check fireplace vents, stove vents and laundry vents to make sure they are covered with screen and secure. Trim trees away from the house as they can use them as a ladder to get to the roof and trim vines to well below rooflines so they do not become a freeway for the rats. Caulk under sinks and patch holes in walls with wall repair patch kits. Place pet food in heavy plastic or metal containers to keep it from attracting the mice and rats.  
  • Use *Diatomaceous Earth to control crawling insects such as cockroaches, ants, slugs, silverfish, earwigs, fleas, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and carpet beetles. Use outdoors only.    
  • Fruit trees should be on a regular spray program.  
  • Control slugs and snails with *Sluggo.  
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