The Dirt – June Blooms

June Blooms

A wise man once told me, “rains in May bring blooms in June.” He’s right!

As we push into the first stretch of June, lush and colorful are how I would describe gardens right now, and with lots more color on the way. The rainy stretches we’ve been enduring have sure made things happy and we’re all going to be enjoying the results.

At home, my garden’s spring color is beginning its transition into summer blooms. The first buds of the coneflowers, coreopsis and hydrangea are starting to open, and it’s apparent there’s going to be a lot more to go with those. It’s going to be a pretty month.

Now, if I can just keep up with the lawn!

Back at the shop, we’re still pushing strong. The perennial tables are loaded. Lush and colorful is the name of the game there, as well. With so many things coming into bloom, it’s a great time to pick out some things to add to the garden.

And while we’re talking about perennials, I wanted to mention we just got in a fresh load of native wildflowers and sedges. These are all perennials, too. We just keep them grouped together in our “Natives” area to make them easier to find. I’ve planted a lot of those in my backyard border through the years. In fact, I just added a bunch more last week. They make the garden shine all season long and, of course, they’re great for all the native pollinators. I just saw my first Monarch of the season the other day!

June is still a great time to plant trees, and we’ve got a few more on hand than I’d like. So, we’ve marked a lot of them down in the hopes that we can move through them a little faster. If you’re still looking for a tree (or a whole bunch of trees) and you want to take advantage of some extra savings, now is the time to do some shopping.

Flowering shrubs and ornamental grass keep pouring in, too. Grasses really start coming into their own this time of year as they finally get to putting on some top-growth. They’ve really been loving the rain!

June is a busy month in the garden. If you need anything, come on by, or just stop in to check out all the color. Either way, we’d love to see ya!

Gotta go now… it’s time to mow!

Cameron Rees, General Manager

“Thymely” Advice - Start Scouting for Bagworms

It’s that time of the year again… bagworm season… ugh!

This is around the time bagworms start hatching. And, as soon as they do, they begin their voracious feeding frenzy, leaving garden havoc in their wake. So, be on the look out!

Just like the newly hatched version of any other critter, newly hatched bagworms are smaller than their adult counterparts (considerably smaller than what we’re used to seeing later on in July and August). The hatchlings will be tiny – small worms inside a newly built protective bag measuring only 1/8” long. They’re going to be hard to spot, so pay close attention.

Now’s a good time to start scouting. Walk the yard and check things out on a regular basis. (Which you should already be doing anyway!) Pay close attention to plants that have been plagued in the past, especially spruce, junipers and arborvitae. Watch for unexpected “changes” – things like subtle color changes, or areas with thinning foliage. These could be early signs of feeding activity.

Movement can be another good indicator. On a still day (and those have been hard to come by lately), sometimes you can pick up on their movement – especially if there are a lot of them. The movement is subtle. But, once you’ve seen it, your eyes will become accustomed to it and it will be much easier to spot. And, if you find any, start treating.

We like to use Natural Guard Spinosad. It’s very effective on young bagworms, and better yet, it’s organic. That’s a win/win in my book. Natural Guard Caterpillar Killer Spray with Bt is another highly effective, organic option. (Yes, bagworms are caterpillars.) With this one, just make sure you spray late in the day for best results.

If you’re looking for a more conventional approach, Hi-Yield Garden and Farm Insect Control is always a good option. And, for large scale projects – like treating windbreaks – consider Hi-Yield 38 Plus.

Early control is the key to minimizing damage. If you spot an outbreak, treat it as soon as you can. If you don’t find any, that’s good news, but keep scouting. Bagworms will hatch out over a fairly long period, so they can still show up later. Regular patrols will catch a problem that wasn’t there before, or one that was missed in earlier scouting.

Bagworm feeding can be damaging… very damaging. But, when you catch them early, they’re easy to control and the damage is minimal.  Scout regularly and if you spot an outbreak and need help figuring out what to do, just stop on by.

-Cameron

Colorful Container Combos

Is your patio, front porch or deck in need of some summer color? Combo patio planters and baskets are a great way to add a punch of color that will last all summer. There are planters and baskets for shade and sun to fit your individual garden needs!

May Showers Bring… a June Tree Sale!

A cold April and a wet May has made it tough to get a lot of things planted this year, and trees are no exception. The good news is, the May rains have kept things lush and as we move into June, planting conditions are still prime, So, if you still want to get some trees set out this spring, you’re in luck!

We’ve just marked down the prices on a long list of landscape favorites. Here’s a quick peak at a few of them…

  • Autumn Blaze Maple
  • Burgundy Belle Red Maple
  • Hot Wings Tartarian Maple
  • Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry
  • The President Gingko
  • Skyline Honeylocust
  • Espresso Kentucky Coffeetree
  • Black Gum
  • Snow Fountains Weeping Cherry
  • Snowcone Japanese Snowbell
  • Baldcypress
  • Redmond Linden
  • Village Green Zelkova

And that’s just a portion of them. There’s a lot more to check out once you’re in store.

As always, if you need help figuring out the best tree for your situation, just let us know. We’re always glad to help!