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Tips for July

WATERING TIPS:
As these days get hotter watch (and increase) watering, especially for containers and hanging plants. Remember with all watering, that deep, thorough watering is still more important than frequency. Be sure to protect yourself on these hot days with sunscreen and big floppy hats.


Perennials, Annuals and Vegetables: Tis the month of the Lavender festival in Sequim , starting Friday July 20th and wrapping up on Sunday July 23rd this is truly a site to see. In honoring this event we are brining in a variety of Lavender plants that will be on special during that same week, one variety is known as Lavandula stoechas ‘Anouk Deep Rose’, this beautiful lavender has a striking steely gray foliage and lovely contrasting dark purple flowers, hardy to zone 6 and loves full sun, come by and pick up some when they are on sale and add this beauty to your garden, it also attracts bees.

Garlic will be showing signs of being ready to harvest (yellowing leaves, leaning or all but falling over). If weather permits, it is easiest to pull the bulbs and lay them out along the bed to dry in the sun for a few days before storing.

Peas, kale, and other greens will be finishing up their production, as well as some of the earlier planted greens. Replant greens for short, quick crops; try to give them some shade from midafternoon sun and heat.

It is already time to start planning the fall and winter vegetable garden! Begin direct-seeding some vegetables as early as mid-month, and start other seeds to put out into the garden as transplants in a month or two. And, don’t forget your Fall hanging baskets! Use long-blooming and bright annuals to help fill in any gaps in flower beds and containers. Fuchsias and other plants that might be looking a little less than their best by now would benefit from deadheading, trimming back and fertilizing.
Lawn Care:

Aerate lawns for better utilization of water and fertilizer.

Try raising the setting on the mowing height — it will not only decrease the frequency of mowing (more time in the hammock) but it will also help to shade out and therefore discourage weed growth. The higher setting also creates longer grass blades giving more surface area for photosynthesis to occur which in turn gives you a thicker, greener lawn.
Trees, Shrubs and Fruit, Arborvitae and other Conifers may begin to show spider mite damage (webbing on discolored/browning foliage; a branch tapped over a piece of white paper reveals very tiny red mites scurrying about). These mites thrive in dry, dusty conditions, so spraying plants regularly with water works as a good preventative. If already facing spider mite takeover, try spraying with a neem oil product like those by Green Light.

Note: If you are unsure whether or not you have spider mites (or anything else, for that matter), bring a sample of the affected plant (in Ziploc bag) to us at the Nursery to get help identifying the problem.

Summer is a good time to prune fruit & flowering cherries, plums and also Asian pear trees — allows for quicker healing and less suckering/water sprouts and there are less disease spores in summer (especially on fruit trees). Avoid pruning trees and shrubs that have already set buds for next year's bloom, like Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons. If you are unsure how to properly prune stop by our nursery and our staff will gladly assist you in techniques. No time to stop by?

Then check out Plant Amnesty Plant Amnesty. This is a local organization whose mission is to stop the mutilation of trees and shrubs by educating the public (and sometimes landscapers) on the proper way of pruning. Always remember to sterilize your pruners and saws in-between cuts an when you are done, this will help prevent the spread of potential bacteria and diseases between plants.

Many Roses will be ready to be deadheaded and fertilized to encourage more bloom later on. To keep those blooms coming back through the summer make sure to prune them properly. For hybrid-tea roses, the most common in gardens, make cuts at a 45 degree angle right above a 5-leaflet node. This node is where a new bud will form. For more information on pruning hybrid-tea roses, check out

Hybrid Tea Roses Pruning

General Tips:

Looking to add some privacy to your yard fast? Arborvitae are the classic choice for a narrow evergreen living privacy screen. No space for a big tree?  Want color too?  Check out our summer blooming perennials.


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Now is the time to relax and enjoy your garden, perhaps add that special touch to make your garden feel extra special. Check out our terrific garden accessories and garden art. With a selection you won’t find anywhere else, you will be sure to find that one-of-a-kind piece to add that special something to your garden this summer..