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Tips for August

What to Plant

Annuals & Perennials: Waiting for those certain spots in the garden to fill in? Fill in those gaps with gallon size annuals & perennials. Try late season favorites such as Mums, Black-eyed Susans, Daises, and Asters. They will provide you with instant color this month and well into October! This is also an excellent way to experiment with different color combinations. Cool weather annuals like pansies, Cabbage, Kale, and Dusty Miller will arrive at the end of the month! Check out our coupon page for big savings at!

Trees and Shrubs with Fall color: Try these for late summer color & great fall foliage: Callicarpa (Beauty Berry) has small clusters of purple flowers in summer and metallic purple berries in fall and winter. Burning Bush has brilliant red foliage in fall. Maples offer a spectrum of fall colors from fiery oranges to stunning reds.

Vegetables: Plant some vegetables for your fall and winter vegetable garden by seed*, these would include, salad greens, peas, kale, lettuce, garlic, carrots, and beets. If you have row covers, cloches or other protection for crops, the possibilities are wider still. *See our weekly sale on the 9th of August.

Landscape Maintenance
Perennial and Annual Care: Continue to deadhead spent flowers, fertilize, and water all of your annuals and perennials. They will look better and keep blooming until the first heavy frost. Remove all seedpods from Daylilies and Irises, unless of course you want new ones popping up next spring.
Watering: Remember it is better to water deeply and less frequently. Soaker hoses are the most efficient way and are superior to overhead watering. In addition, water early in the day. Add a 2-3” layer of mulch to your beds. This slows down evaporation and keeps soils cooler. It also adds micro-nutrients and suppresses weed growth! However, keep mulch a few inches away from the base of trunks, stems and crowns and keep the mulch layer thinner over the plants root system.
Lawns: When mowing, leave the grass length a little longer, it shades the soil and reduces evaporation.
Pruning: Summer pruning is ideal if you want to discourage water sprouts. Pruning now will also prevent certain diseases. Take out dead and crossing branches. Anytime after harvesting your raspberries, you can prune out spent canes. On ever-bearing raspberries, remove upper half of each cane that produced fruit this summer. In addition, now is the best time to prune Asian pears, cherry, and plum trees, be sure to sterilize your pruners after each cut, to ensure you don’t spread disease to a healthy part of the tree.

Pests in the Landscape
Weeds: Continue to pull weeds, less seeds = less weeds! Use Corn Gluten to organically prevent weed seeds from germinating. Using mulch and compost also help prevent the growth of weeds and help retain the much needed water for this hot summer month.

Bugs: As we approach mid-Summer you might start seeing some additional webbing formations in your local trees that bare a striking resemblance to the notorious tent caterpillar we see in the Spring, but these are in fact the Fall Webworm that make appearance in late Summer and Early Fall which later turn into the familiar white moth. Fall webworms can cause unsightly defoliation on their host trees which are Poplars, Alders, Maples, and Ash although unsightly are otherwise non-fatal to the tree. Manual removal of the webbing is recommended as this gives natural predators the chance for a pre Winter meal, insects such as Yellow jackets, paper wasps, predatory stink bugs will be more than happy to help with you webworm problem this season.

The Buzz on Pollinators
Many of us have heard of the issues contributing to the decline in Honey Bees. There are a list of factors that contribute to the stresses that may ultimately lead to collapse of an entire colony: from neonicotinide pesticides, loss of biodiversity in urban and suburban landscapes, native habitat loss, and unreliable water sources. As a home gardener, you can make a difference in your neighborhood by adopting some easy practices to enhance pollinator survival. I like to refer to pollinators rather than Honey Bees as there are hundreds of species that visit our gardens and facilitate pollination including Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Mason Bees, and wasps of many sizes (most that don’t sting), as well as bats. While Honey Bees help pollinate 40% of our food crops, the wide variety of pollinators cover 70%!
At Classic Nursery, we offer a variety of native plants and flowering perennials to invite and sustain pollinator populations in our region. I marvel at the number of pollinators I see visiting our displays of Echinacea, Lavender, Monarda, Sages, Rudbeckia, Geums, and Geraniums. Some of the most popular flowering shrubs are Abelia, Daphne, Hydrangea, Euonymus, Ceanothus, and Spiraea. Adding edibles such as berries and fruit trees provide early spring nectar sources as well as delicious flavors for us. Don’t forget the native Huckleberries, Salal, Kninckinick, and Oregon Grape to aid our local birds as well as the pollinators.

We also suggest having a water source available for these tiny thirsty garden visitors. If you don’t have space for a large scale water feature, adding bird baths with pebbles at water level helps prevent insects from drowning, even floating a small piece of wood can aid the creatures that have fallen into the water to climb back out.
For more information and to register your garden with the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge go to