Gardening Tips

  1. Apply plenty of mulch – Don’t allow it to touch tree trunks or plant stems, but apply it 2 to 3 inches in blank spaces between plants, where the sun would otherwise hit the ground and dry it out. Around trees, angle the mulch so that water runs toward the tree.
  2. When treating a plant for insect control, remember to spray both upper and lower leaves with the recommended dosage. Never spray plants with chemicals if the temperature is above 80 degrees.
  3. Prune all spring blooming bushes, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and lilacs, within 30 days after blossoms are finished, so they can begin their new growth for next spring.
  4. To keep your pond crystal clear, remember to add more essential bacteria to your pond after a heavy rain, in addition to your normal schedule.
  5. Full sun annuals that will tolerate up to 8 hours of sun a day include geraniums, marigolds, million bells, petunias, portulaca, and verbena.
  6. In shadier gardens with sun only 4 to 6 hours a day, use annuals like begonias, nemesia, coleus, snapdragons, torenia and nasturtiums.  
  7. In deep shade gardens with sunlight of 2 or less hours per day, use annuals such as impatiens, hosta, ferns, and ivy.
  8. It is important to remove or “deadhead” flowering plants such as roses, zinnias, geraniums, salvias, and marigolds in the summer. Cutting the faded blooms with sharp scissors before they turn to seed will encourage continued blooms. However, heavy pruning of trees and shrubs should be avoided in the summer.
  9. When planting trees and shrubs, make sure the crown of the plant is above ground.
  10. Morning is the best time to water plants. Watering in the evening doesn’t allow time for water to evaporate off the leaves, allowing fungus to grow. Afternoon watering can cause leaf scorch. When watering containers, continue to water until the water comes out the bottom of the container.