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Tips for July

Watering Tips:

As the days get hotter, pay close attention to watering, especially for containers and hanging plants. Remember: deep, thorough watering is more important than frequency. Be sure to protect yourself on these hot days with sunscreen, big floppy hats, and lots of water.

Perennials, Annuals and Vegetables:

The Lavender Festival in Sequim takes place this month July 16th-18th. If you’ve never been, it is truly a sight to see!

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 will 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. 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 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). Tapping a branch 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 a 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. Pruning now 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, Lilacs, 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  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 to prune. Always remember to sterilize your pruners and saws in-between cuts and when you are finished. 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:

Nursery Specials & Events!

Now is the time to relax and enjoy your garden, and perhaps add a special touch to make your outdoor oasis feel extra inviting. 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.

Happy Gardening!
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