Planting- Bulbs such as iris and daylilies
can be divided even when they are blooming. This would be an opportune time if
you have different colors and want to work with them for the current
season. Simply cut off the existing
flowers and cut the leaves back, dig and divide and replant as soon as
possible, or you can tag the colors for later dividing. When you purchase container plants, check the root
ball and loosen the roots if they are tightly wound in the pot. You need to
keep as much dirt intact on the roots as possible as this will help the roots
to acclimate to their new location. Whether
it is your accent plants or your focal point for your yard, many people prefer
to buy trees and shrubs while in bloom to make sure the colors are what they like
such as the Hydrangea, Crape myrtle, Oleander or Magnolia.
Fertilizing - Don’t miss out on the
opportunity to fertilize your plants. Not just for the health and growth of
your plants but also for your blooming plants to help produce more and better
and ater well after fertilizing.
and camellias should be fertilized right after they have finished blooming and
roses after each bloom time. We carry fertilizers specifically for your
gardens are a beautiful addition to your patio or porches but they will need
additional attention such as fertilizer.
You can give them regular doses of a water-soluble fertilizer or try a
slow release granular fertilizer that will release a little every time you
Watering/Irrigation - Most professionals will recommend that
watering be done in the morning for the most benefit including helping to slow
down evaporation of the water. But if you find your plants/lawn are drying out
due to an extremely hot summer and/or drought time, go ahead and give them more
water perhaps in the early afternoon. Also, check your container plants, they
will dry out quicker.
Mulch is a good addition to your flower beds and
plantings, it helps to shade the soil and keep it cooler which helps retain
moisture during the hot days.
you have irrigation, keep an eye out for broken sprinkler heads. This will help
you avoid dry areas and wasted water. Consider having a “Rain Check” control
added to your system. This helps reduce over watering by not allowing your system
to water after a rain shower. As the plants grow they may interfere with the
sprinkler so keep things trimmed back.
is a good idea to water slowly and deeply. This will encourage your plants to
grow deeper roots. That can make them more stable and keeps the roots away from
the upper drier soil.
Maintenance - It is possible to have roses, and some
perennials re-bloom. The best way to encourage it is to “dead head” your plant
by removing the old blooms. Annuals can also be deadheaded and re-bloom most of
the summer. Your hanging baskets will benefit as well with a good once over for
dead blooms and shaping.
Pinch back any of your plants that seem to be getting
leggy and out of shape. Whether it’s an annual or perennial, pruning your plant
helps make it healthier and look better. Most evergreens benefit from pruning.
The optimum time would be around June and July.
For maximum flavor of your herbs, pick or harvest just
before flowering as the leaves have the most oil content.
Miscellaneous - To help you keep up with what you have planted,
where it is, and info on the plants, try keeping up with this in a notebook or
on your computer. This information can save you time and money. You can look
back and see which plant needed what fertilizer, when and so on.
Avoid the heat and humidity of our hot
summers by working in the early a.m. or later afternoon into the evening makes
the time you spend working in the yards a little easier.
you are out in the yard working in your lawn and gardens, involve your kids or
grand kids. Have them help you weed, plant or most anything. It is good
exercise, and helps them to learn that sense of pride of a job well done. Being
outside, helping, is time spent with you they will never forget.
Speaking of weeding, if you weed in your flowerbeds on a
regular basis it makes that chore a little easier to deal with. Ground cloth or
mulch is good for weed prevention also.
If you put mulch around woody plants don’t pile it on close around the
trunks. Just a couple inches deep starting a few inches away is plenty.
If you have a compost heap or bins, remember the heat of
the summer can also dry them out. Moisture is the key and it should also be
turned regularly to aide in the natural decomposition.
Stake tall flowers to keep them from blowing over and tie
up your climbing roses or other vines for a more secure plant. Make sure any
plant or tree you have ties on are loose enough so as not to cut into the
Pests - Is there something eating at your plant’s
leaves/stem/bloom? Do you have a white/gray/black residue on it? You should
always research your problem to identify what is actually going on with your
plant. This will lead you to the best solution but you will need the most
information of the problem. It is wise
as well, to chose the lest toxic solution and follow the directions completely.
Roses are prone to mildew, black spot, aphids and other
diseases and insect. Identify and take
action. The sooner you identify the problem and take action, the better your
plant will be.
It seems that the ever so vital honeybee, maybe suffering
from the pesticides sold on the shelves as well as the pest they were designed
for. Just a couple tweaks in our pesticide application habits will aide in the
promotion of their population. Try using a liquid pesticide instead of a dust
and try applying later in the afternoon/evening when the bees are mostly
heading back to the hive.
Here at Magnolia Landscape Supply, we have a large
selection of pesticides, we can help you identify the problem and find a
Lawn - If your lawn seems compacted, hard for water to
absorb or have a nematode problem, you may want to aerate your lawn. We have an
aerator for rent here at Magnolia Landscape Supply.
A good rule of thumb for mowing is to cut off no more
than 1/3 of the grass blade at each mowing. If your grass is “growing like a
weed”, try more frequent mowing to maintain better grass. As for your St.
Augustine and Zoysia grasses, they would be better off at a mowed height of
around 3”. This helps to shade the soil and saves the moisture in the soil.
To prevent the ragged cut of a grass blade, keep your
mower blades sharp.
You should consider leaving the trimmings, if there isn’t
an excessive amount due to overgrowth. The trimmings will make their way to the
soil, returning nitrogen of the grass back to the soil.
If you have an area that is too shady for grass, try
using ground cover plants or a mulch.
One secret to having the appearance of a professionally
mowed lawn, is to keep a nice clean edge around the flowerbeds, sidewalk,
driveway, etc. so pull out the edger or grass shears and keep it neat and tidy.