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Garden Solutions - August 2011

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Local Blogs - Hillermann Nursery & Florist
Wednesday, 03 August 2011

 Picture of a yellow butterfly with butterfly bush and sky in the background           August brings us the dog days of summer... there is no doubt about that. If you have not started enjoying "Outdoor Living," it is NOT TOO LATE. With the price of gas lately, it is only understandable that more and more people are retreating to their own backyards and spending vacations at home this year. So, forget the stress of planning and traveling and enjoy your own "Stay-cation!" Our designers are here to help you with ideas that will turn your yard into an outdoor oasis. Look for inspiration at every "independent lawn and garden retailer." Add patios, walkways, walls, water, hammocks and more!

            Be sure to visit the Washington Town & Country Fair this year (August 3rd-7th). Don't miss these two educational areas: the Agri-Land booth (near the livestock barns) and Hillermann's "Gardening Solutions" (near the North Entrance Gate). Both of these booths offer hands on learning opportunities (for kids and adults) and helpful handout sheets on outdoor activities and gardening!

Here are additional tips for the heat and drought period of August:

  • It is not too late to put up Japanese Beetle traps to catch those pesky critters in a natural, safe way.
  • You can still apply lawn insecticides until August 15 to guard off grubs, fleas, ticks, etc. in the yard.
  • Compost or till under residues and debris from harvested crops.
  • Prop up the branches of your fruit trees that are threatening to break under the weight of a heavy crop.
  • Keep deadheading your spent annual and perennial flowers for continued blooms into fall.
  • Feed hardy garden mums and asters for the last time this season.
  • Monitor plants for spider mite activity. Hose affected plants off with a forceful spray of water, or spray with Bonide Eight (with Permethrin). To test for spider mites, hold a piece of white paper under the leaves. Tap on the leaves and then run your hand over the piece of white paper. If you see evidence of red streaks on the paper, you have an infestation of spider mites!
  • Roses should receive no further nitrogen fertilizer after the end of August to prevent the production of late tender growth that could be damaged by fall frosts.
  • Deep root water established trees around the drip line (this is where the edge of the branches stop) to help alleviate stress on trees going into winter.
  • Soak shrubs periodically during dry spells with enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of 8-10 inches.
  • Toward the end of August, dormant lawns should be soaked to encourage strong fall growth.
  • Prune to shape hedges for the last time this season.
  • Once bagworms reach full size, insecticides are ineffective. Pruning off or pulling and burning or discarding of large bags provides better control for next year.
  • Watch for fall webworm activity. Apply Fertilome bagworm and Tent Caterpillar Spray when webs are first spotted. Rip open the web bag before spraying for best control.
  • Cultivate Strawberries and apply weed preventer immediately, after fertilizing.
  • Protect ripening fruits from birds by covering plants with bird netting. (This is a poly type product readily available at Garden Centers).
  • Pinch the growing tips of gourds once the adequate fruit set amount is achieved. This directs energy into the ripening fruits, rather than vine production.
  • Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower transplants should be set out for the fall garden. Also, sow seeds of lettuce, radish, beans, beets, spinach and turnips now. (Spinach may germinate better if the seeds are refrigerated.)
  • Lawn renovation and over-seeding time is right around the corner. I will discuss this more in September.
  • For additional information about garden tips for summer and all seasons, check out this website www.hillermann.com.

 

Time to go...  See you in the Garden!!

Sandi Hillermann McDonald

http://www.hillermann.com

 
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