AUGUST IN YOUR GARDEN
Each month we keep you up-to-date on what you should be seeding, weeding and feeding in your garden. And we’ve made it easier for you! Find all of our recommend products for this month together, in one area in our shop under the This Month In Your Garden banner! If you have trouble finding it, please ask one of our cashiers to locate it for you!
✔ Our plants are extra thirsty this month and to lessen your water use through August, remember to practice deep watering. Roots are smart, they go where the water is. By watering less frequently but for longer, your roots will grow deeper on the hunt for moisture. Read up on our recommended watering schedule on our Saving Water Care Sheet. On the hunt for drought-tolerant plants? Here’s our list of water-wise plants for your garden.
✔ Heading out for a long weekend? Book the Plant Nanny - a terracotta stake that slowly release water directly to the plant's roots! Keep your plants thoroughly watered without worry! Designed to work with recycled wine bottles, plastic bottles or glass globe reservoirs, refilling the stake is easy and drip-free! Find it in the Garden Shop!
✔ Deadhead! As blooms fade be sure to deadhead your annuals and perennials to keep those babies flowering! We recommend using E. B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom 0-10-10 on a regular basis to help set new flowers too.
✔ For healthy roots, shoots and overall growth, apply E.B. Stone Organics All-Purpose Plant Food 5-5-5!
✔ Give your houseplants a summer vacay and move them outside. Keep them out of direct sun but a change of environments and an extra boost in air circulation is good for their all-around health! Questions? Stop into the Atrium and visit with our houseplant care experts!
✔ It's summer, can you feel it? Don't forget to lather the sunscreen and grab a hat before heading out into the garden. We have a wide selection of hats available in the Garden Shop and down at The Lazy K!
✔ As we approach the end of the month, it's time to divide your Bearded Iris and other dormant spring blooming bulbs to keep them from overcrowding and ensure the most flowers come spring! For those beautiful pink Amaryllis belladonna AKA Naked Ladies, wait until they are done blooming to divide.
Tuberous Begonias can give bountiful flower displays in summer, find them in Garden's Gate! Remember to feed them through the hot months, we recommend E.B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom 0-10-10.
For that hot spot in your garden, plant Vinca rosea or Zinnias (especially the 'Profusion' series) that can take the heat!
Look to our Native Section for plants that are naturally great in the landscape - and built for our California summers and winters!
For plants that thrive in summer, visit Succulents & Cacti for heat-tolerant plants. Remember that not all succulents are created equal - stop in and let us help you pick out the perfect plants for your garden!
If your roses are on a traditional fertilizer program, this is the month to feed them! By keeping your roses regularly fed, they will amaze you with healthy growth and beautiful blooms! For the fertilizer recipe and more tips, check out our Guide to Growing and Caring for Roses. If you miss it this month, you can still feed them in September and enjoy roses in November and even December, if the weather cooperates of course! You'll find all the ingredients inside our Garden Shop!
Be sure to continue to feed your summer veggie garden - this will keep your harvest a plenty! Apply E.B. Stone Organics Tomato & Vegetable Food 4-5-3 to keep your plant producing right into our colder months.
Got citrus? They are heavy users of nitrogen and phosphorus (That's the "N" and "P" of N-P-K that you see on a bag of fertilizer!) Feed your lemons, limes, oranges, mandarins, tangerines and avocados Master Nursery's Citrus & Fruit Tree Food 12-8-4. This is vital for any citrus that you have in a container - every time you water nutrients are leaching out of the soil. If you're noticing yellowing leaves with green veins then it's time to apply Master Nursery's Iron Plus.
For all your other fruit trees - it's also time to feed! Give them a dose of Master Nursery's Citrus & Fruit Tree Food 12-8-4 for healthy growth.
TREAT & PROTECT
For all those pesky weeds in your lawn that just won't quit use ready-to-spray Fertilome Weed-Out.
Reduce your water usage this summer with an application of Hydretain. The blend of humectin and hygroscopic compounds adheres the free moisture in the soil to the roots of your plant. Hydretain not only keeps your plants wilt-free, but contributes to more water intake from rainfall and irrigation throughout the season. Available in both liquid and granular form, apply the formula and water in deeply for roughly 15-20 minutes for 3 days to bond Hydretain to the roots. Reapply the formula once every 3 months; one quart treats up to 3,500 square feet. Questions? Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you keep your garden green through summer!
Take care of yellowjackets, hornets and wasps with one of our RESCUE W.H.Y. Traps. Be sure to hang your traps a few days before your party for best results. Does last year's trap need a refill? We’ve got everything you need in our shop to keep the pests away.