The Dirt – It’s Time to Say Thanks

It's Time to Say Thanks

In my mind, we’ve finally hit a major seasonal milestone in the season… the end of spring.

You could argue that the summer solstice, June 21, is technically the first day of summer… or when school wrapped up and the kids were home again. Both are common markers. But, for me, spring is over when we’re pushing into July and our first Skinner Buck$ redemption period has wrapped up. And, that just happened. So, in my mind, the spring season just finished up and summer has officially started.

The temperatures are making it feel like that, too!

This past spring was a good season… a little less than ideal in the weather category, but a good spring nonetheless. Anytime we can head into July with things still lush and green, I think that win. And that’s definitely the case now. The past few months have been colorful, and the growth has been good. Hopefully, we can keep that going!

Just remember to add that magic ingredient when needed… water.

As we transition into the summer season, I’d like to thank everyone for coming out this year. Like I said, the weather was a little challenging, crops came on late, and there were plenty of supply chain shortages and issues. It wasn’t an “ideal” season… but the reality is, they rarely are.

As gardeners, we have to take what we can get and figure out a way to work with it.

On the positive side, once the cold went away, things got nice. Rain has been plentiful and growth has made up for lost time. The process truly is amazing. It always works out in the end.

We chose to do what we do because we love to do it. But, we’re able to do what we do because you’re here. Thank you. You are the magic ingredient we need, and your patronage is truly appreciated.

Over the next couple of months, we’ll be around continuing to doing what we do, working our way through the summer heat, and getting ready for the fall season. If you find you need something, come on by and give us a visit. Summer is still a pretty time in the garden and it’s always good to get new ideas.

Thanks again for all your continued support, and let us know if there’s anything we can do to help you out.

Cameron Rees, General Manager

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Fertilize For Blooms

Summer is here, and with it comes the heat.

When the heat hits and you have containers of flowers on your porch or patio, it feels like you are watering them constantly. And when you water constantly, the nutrients that were in the potting soil leech out quickly.

That’s when the importance of feeding comes into play.

Your plants are going to need nutrients to thrive and do their best throughout the summer. Fertilome’s All Purpose Water Soluble Plant Food 20-20-20 is the best for all over feeding. Combine with Blooming & Rooting 9-58-8 for a perfect feeding for your container. Alternate each week with the two for the best results!

Mites, Bagworms and Japanese Beetles… Oh My!

And just like that, here they come… bagworms, Japanese beetles and spider mites.

These summertime pests like to make their presence known in a big way. For a couple of weeks now, we’ve had a steady stream of customers coming into the store – armed with descriptions, samples and photos – all looking for answers on what to do.

The good news is, there are control options available. There are some suggestions below that should get you going in the right direction, but if you’re not quite sure what you’re dealing with and you need a little help, just come on by and we’ll lend a hand. We’re still on the front end of activity, so if you can react to the problem quickly, you can minimize the damage they’re creating.

Here are some tips…


These guys are caterpillars and can be easily managed with a variety of caterpillar control product. One of our favorites is Natural Guard Spinosad. It’s highly effective against caterpillars, fairly targeted in its control, and – on top of all of that – it’s organic. That’s a win/win/win in my book. Another very effective organic control is Natural Guard Caterpillar Killer with Bt. Other options include Hi-Yield Garden and Farm Insect Control and the Hi-Yield 38+. If you’re going to be mixing a lot of product, the 38+ is the most economical way to go. Spray now and then follow up again with a couple of more applications, following label directions.

Japanese Beetles

These beetles have come out in force over the last couple of weeks. Control on these guys is more complicated, because they are so mobile. Even if you take out what you have, more will fly in. So it’s a process, and you’ll need repeat applications. Natural Guard Spinosad Soap is very effective, as is the Hi-Yield Farm and Garden Insect Control and the Hi-Yield 38+. The key is to address feeding activity quickly, as feeding tends to draw additional activity. Also, for folks worried about the grub worms that will follow these beetles, apply Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone III to the lawn.

Spider Mites

This is a more challenging pest to spot because they are so small. They are virtually impossible to see. However, the damage they create stands out if you know what to look for. Spider mites feed by sucking the life out of your plant. They lock their mouth parts into the plant and feed on the juices within, literally sucking the life out of it. Watch for areas of discoloration – spots that seem to be losing their color. On broadleaf plants, leaves lose their normal color and develop a stippled look.  This link will take you to a helpful publication from Kansas State University Extension that explains more.

If you identify a problem, treat with Fertilome Horticultural Oil as quickly as you can, repeating your application a couple of times, following label directions. Thorough coverage is critical.

Hope that helps – and remember – if you’re not sure, just stop on by!

-Cameron Rees