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August Gardening Tips

Aug 6, 2015 12:26:39 PM


Continue to fertilize monthly following label instructions.

Remember to keep houseplants away from air-conditioning registers and window units.

Allow plants to dry between waterings, and water thoroughly so all of the potting mix is evenly moist.  Allow plants to drain completely before placing them in your desired location.

Lawn Care

The best time for seeding your lawn is between August 20 and October 15.  Please come in and talk to our garden shop staff for the latest in lawn care advice and products.

Continue to mow at 3” for a healthier lawn and remember to water is its dry out.


Plant your last crop of bush green beans by mid-month

Sow seeds of lettuces, turnips and endive by mid-month.

Plant vegetable transplants of broccoli, collards, cabbage and cauliflower by the third week of August.

Harvest peppers and eggplants before they grow too large for an extended harvest.

Cut watermelons when they are full sized and have a dull sound when you tap them with your fingers.

Taste grapes before harvesting, they will not continue to ripen once picked.

Keep your figs on the dry side for sweeter fruit and less splitting.

Strawberry runners can be separated from the crowns now for transplanting.  It is also time to fertilize the plants.

Most of all enjoy the bounty of your harvest!

Annuals and Perennials

Plant fall flowering bulbs now as soon as they come to market. 

Divide Daylilies now place your divisions allowing room for mature growth, set the crowns at soil level and apply a light mulch.  Daylilies should be divided every four to six years.

Fertilize tropical and hardy water lilies now with aquatic plant fertilizer tablets following the label instructions.

Prune lavender after flowering.

Divide poppies, bluebells and bleeding hearts while dormant, now is the time.

Continue to water and fertilize your hanging baskets for best performance.

Trees and Shrubs

Now is a great time to plant or transplant needled evergreens and remember not to plant them too deeply.  Leyland cypresses are best planted in spring.  Broadleaved evergreens are best plant in spring as well.

It is normal for many deciduous trees to drop a few leaves this year.  Only be concerned if they defoliate.

Now is the time to begin deep watering your plants if we are with out rain.  This is the season in which plants get ready for winter and adequate moisture at this time ensures better performance.

Make you final application of Rose-Tone by mid month.

Delay fertilizing your other trees and shrubs until October.

Posted in Gardening TIps By Gina DeMatteis

July Gardening Tips

Jul 2, 2015 4:29:04 PM

Keep your indoor plants away from air-conditioning ducts or window units. The constant cold drafts are hard on plants especially Scheffleras.
Do not overwater plants kept inside.
Use a natural water holding gel such as DriWater if you will be away from home.
Continue to fertilize houseplants following label instructions.

Outdoor Tropicals
Continue to feed outdoor tropicals with a combination of Osmocote and Superbloom fertilizers.
If you will be out of town relocate containers to a shady area and group together to conserve moisture. Drip irrigation systems work nicely as well.

Lawn Care
Do not mow grass if the temperatures are above 90 degrees.
Apply compost tea to help with heat and moisture stress.
Continue to mow at 3 inches this will suppress weeds and keep lawns greener.
Remove stubborn weeds by hand and replace with sod. Apply Weed-Be-Gone following label directions as a selective herbicide.
Lawns require 1” of rain per week to stay green. Please water accordingly.
Have us check your pH now for fall liming and fertilizing in September.

Maintain even moisture in the vegetable garden. Ripening tomatoes do not like swings in moisture and will split. This will increase your harvest of other veggies as well.
Continue to apply organic fertilizer such as Plant-Tone for better crops and vigor.
Apply Serenade for powdery mildew control on cucumbers squash and melons.
Remove old fruiting canes from June bearing raspberries at ground level.
Cut back new canes of blackberries and raspberries to 3 feet.
Place straw or newspaper as mulch under your melons and pumpkins to reduce decay.
Protect ripening grape bunches with paper bags until harvest.
Remove flowers from annual herbs like basil for a better yield.

Annuals and Perennials
Continue to dead head spent flowers for continued blooming.
Stop pinching Mums by mid-month.
Continue to feed bedding annuals monthly.
Continue to use Superbloom weekly for containers and hanging baskets.
Cut summer annuals, perennials and herbs for drying late in the month. Strip off the leaves and hang bunches upside down, a screened porch or garage work well for this.

Trees and Shrubs
Remove suckers from trees especially from below the graft if present. This will keep you trees vigorous and healthy.
Control powdery mildew on trees and shrubs through out summer with Serenade.
Head back wild and irregular growth on holly trees, but do not remove the leader.
Prune now for height reduction on overgrown shrubs.
Continue to provide deep watering at 7 to 10 day intervals on new trees and shrubs.
Continue to fertilize roses monthly with Rose-Tone and water weekly.

Posted in Gardening TIps By Gina DeMatteis

June Gardening Tips

Jun 24, 2015 12:00:01 PM

June Gardening Tips

Houseplants and outdoor tropicals
Houseplants placed outside for the summer will require diligent watering. If you will be away from home on vacation you can partially burry the pots in the ground to help them stay moist. Air conditioning tends to dry the air inside the home – mist plants daily or place on humidity trays. Continue to fertilize your houseplants following label instructions. Continue to fertilize outdoor tropicals with a combination of Osmocote and Superbloom. Remember to leave them in their original nursery pot for best flowering.

Vegetables and small fruits
Make successive plantings of green beans and beets every two weeks through august. This will give you more manageable yields and extend the harvest. Use straw as a mulch around your strawberries and place some underneath your melons and squash as they mature to prevent rot. Do not allow vegetable plants to become over mature – promptly harvest when they are young and tender this will extend your harvest.
Harvest vegetables and herbs in the morning- this ensures best flavor and texture. Harvest broccoli before it starts to flower. Cut out the central cluster and leave the side clusters for future harvest. Continue cutting asparagus through mid month - after this allow the foliage to mature for the rest of the season. Protect small fruits with bird netting just as they begin to ripen to deter birds and squirrels. Pick strawberries when they are completely red, leave the cap on for best keeping. Pick blackberries every 2 or three days for a better yield. Continue to monitor for pests and disease and use organic controls.

Fruit trees
Harvest early ripening stone fruits. Continue an organic spay program on fruit trees until harvest. Remove any dead branches that did not leaf out. Mark any branches that suffered fire blight so they can be pruned out in winter to prevent problems next year.

Lawn care
Complete laying sod early in the month – it is difficult to establish turf in the hottest months of the year. Begin watering your lawn if we are not receiving sufficient rain. Lawns will remain green in summer if they receive 1 inch of rain per week. You can measure this with a rain gauge. You will want to water deeply and infrequently approximately once a week if we get no rain. An oscillating sprinkler left running for 1 hour will provide about 1 inch of rain. It is best to water in the morning. Do not fertilize your lawn in summer – compost tea is a great tonic for lawns this time of year.

Continue to plant annuals use Espoma Bio-tone if planted in the ground. Continue to fertilize potted plants and hanging baskets with Superbloom weekly. Containerized plants will need more water as they grow larger often daily or twice daily. Place hanging baskets on the ground in the shade if you will be away on vacation. Use water a holding gel like DriWater in your containers this product is safe for edibles.

Continue to plant perennials. Use Espoma Bio-tone for best results. Dead head spent flowers to extend blooming. Continue to stake tall plants and pull weeds. Lightly cut back candytuft, moss phlox, and arabis now to keep them vigorous they can also be divided at this time. Continue to monitor for pests and disease.

Trees and shrubs
Continue to plant containerized trees and shrubs. Balled and burlapped plants can still be planted if they were dug earlier in the season or if they have been treated to allow summer digging. Use Espoma Bio-tone for best results. Water any newly planted tree or shrub every 7 to 10 days deeply and thoroughly. Larger trees require approximately 25 gallons of water per week for best establishment this time of year. Plants on slopes or in fast draining soils may require more frequent watering. Continue to monitor for pests and disease.
Deadhead rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurel, tree peonies and Japanese pieris to keep them compact and healthy. They will also flower much better next spring. Continue to monitor for lacebug. You can continue to prune needled evergreens this month. Spruce and pines can be kept more compact by candle pruning always leave 1 inch of the candle intact when you remove the tip.

Prune climbing roses now by removing all 3 year old canes at ground level. They can be lightly pruned again in fall if needed. Continue to apply Espoma Rose-tone and water on a regular schedule for best flowering. Roses enjoy 1 inch of rain each week. Use a rain gauge to determine the amount of rain you are receiving. On individual plants that is approximately 2 gallons per week. Roses will flower best in cooler temperatures - in summer the flowers will be smaller as well.

Water gardening
Keep your pond free of algae naturally by using a combination of Barley Straw Pellets and Microbe-Lift. Thin out water hyacinths if they are completely covering the surface. Fertilize with an aquatic fertilizer. Continue to plant tropical aquatics this month.


Posted in Gardening TIps By Gina DeMatteis

May Gardening Tips

Sep 6, 2010 3:28:34 AM

May Gardening Tips

Houseplants and outdoor tropicals

When placing foliage plants outdoors for summer - slowly acclimatize them to their new position outside.  Keep them shaded from the strongest sun of the day until the foliage hardens off.  Indoor plants may need to be relocated if summer sun coming through the windows as well.  Begin feeding outdoor tropicals like hibiscus with a combination of Osmocote indoor outdoor formula and water soluble fertilizers.  This will ensure that they will look their best all season.  Gardenias will appreciate a water soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants and Osmocote. It is also beneficial to leave them in the container they were grown in; this will help them bloom more often.  These nursery containers can be planted into larger pots as well.  Remember to water often in hot weather.

Lawn care

It is now too late to seed; use sod to fill bare spots or to cover larger areas.  Sod will require careful watering in warm weather generally twice a day.  It is also too late to control crabgrass with pre emergents like corn gluten.  Zoysiagrass plugs are available by mid month.  Zoysiagrass is mowed shorter at 1 to 2 inches. Continue to cut your (fescue) lawn at 3 inches this will keep your turf healthy and prevent weeds.  



Plant heat loving vegetable transplants like tomatoes, eggplant, okra and peppers around mid month when the soil has warmed.  It is best to put in your stakes and cages for tomatoes at the time of planting.  Plant basil seeds now at 2 week intervals for a summer long harvest.  It is also time to direct seed beans, squash corn, cucumbers and melons these are best sown in mounds of soil.  Soak the seeds overnight for best results.  You will need a large area for success with corn typically 10 feet by 10 feet for best pollination and full ears.  Remember to fertilize with Espoma Plant-tone following label directions.  Monitor for insects and apply an organic control if needed. 

Fruit trees and Small Shrubs

Continue to spray fruit trees with Neem oil or an organic formulated fruit tree spray.  Thin heavy fruits sets if you have not already done so.  Monitor small fruits and apply an organic insect or disease control if desired.


Continue planting perennials.  You can divide early blooming perennials now after blooming.  Pinch back summer and fall blooming perennials for more blossoms and to reduce their size. Use Espoma Bio-tone for best results.  Tall growing plants will need staking - do this before plants fall over.  Monitor for insect pests like flea beetles throughout the season.  Apply Sluggo to safely control slugs and snails.


At mid month plant cannas, bananas, elephant ears and dahlias, do not water dahlias much until the foliage appears to prevent rot.  Use Espoma Bio-tone if planting in the ground.

When selecting hanging baskets carefully consider the location they will be placed in.  Hanging baskets are more sensitive the extremes of heat and drought than plants in the ground.  Begin feeding with Superbloom and continue feeding weekly throughout the season.  Hanging baskets in full sun will require carful watering for best results – use water holding gels like DriWater (this product can be used on edibles).  If you are traveling place them on the ground in a shady area while you are away.

Tree and Shrubs

Continue planting containerized and balled and burlaped trees and shrubs.  Use Espoma Bio-tone for best results.  You may prune cherries and magnolias lightly now - they are sensitive to hard pruning.  Prune climbing roses this now after the first flush of bloom. Monitor for pest and diseases.

Water gardening

Plant tropical aquatics towards the end of the month when the water temperature

Posted in Gardening TIps By Gina DeMatteis
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