The Dirt – Perfect 100

Perfect 100

So, here’s a big surprise. The weather changed… again.

This time, it took a 180 – away from cool and rain, and straight into hot and dry. Not in my favorite direction.

It’s not that I hate hot weather. Heck, I’ll work out in it all day! As long as I’ve got a jug of water handy, and a little shade to take a break once in a while, I’m good. But, when I’m not working… I don’t want to go back out in it. Once I’m showered and clean, I want to stay that way… at least for a little while.

Oh well, I can’t change the weather. We started this current stretch with triple digit temps, and though we haven’t hit that mark again, it’s bound to happen sooner or later.

So, how long will this current hot spell stick around? I guess we’ll just have to just have to wait and see. There are hints of nicer days in the long-range forecast. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Regardless, it’s summertime now, and hot days are going to be part of things for a while, so we need to change our routine up a bit.

Like watering.

With all the rain through May and early June, we didn’t have to do too much of that. But now, with hot and dry being the norm, that’s quickly changing.

If you haven’t done so already, spend some time walking the yard and checking things out. Look for signs that you need to water, like droopy plants, cracks in the ground, or hard soil. When you identify areas in need, run sprinklers or a drip hose – just don’t hand water. There’s an explanation behind that one, but that’s a topic for another day. For now, just trust me. You won’t water as effectively if the hose is in your hand.

Also, remember to make sure everything has a good covering of mulch. That will help with moisture loss as well as making it easier to get water into the soil. That’s key when you’re irrigating or when we get a nice shower. Try to keep about a 3” layer on your beds at all time. If yours is a little thin, it’s time to add some more.

And, although it’s hot, you can keep planting. It’s okay to plant things when it’s hot, just pay close attention to things afterwards. When it’s like this, things go from okay to “Oh no!” quickly.

Good luck and stay hydrated!

Cameron Rees, General Manager

Cool Down at the Pond Tour

The Topeka Area Pond Tour is back on for 2022! This annual event, sponsored by the Topeka Area Water Garden Society (TWAGS), was put on hold the last couple of years, but it’s back on now and taking place this weekend, June 25 and 26.

There are seven gardens on this year’s tour, with water features ranging from small to ginormous! Tickets for the tour are $8 per adult (children under 14 are free) and are available at our store.

For more information about the Topeka Area Water Garden Society or the Annual Pond Tour, check out their website and Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Topeka Area Water Garden Society on Facebook
Find our ad in the tour booklet!

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Do You Have A Few Gaps?

With all the rain and cooler temperatures we have experienced this spring, you may not have had a chance to get your garden in. Or, maybe you did get all your veggies and flowers planted, but the rain and cool weather destroyed them… or they just aren’t looking good!

Do not fret!

There is still plenty of time to get your veggies and flowers in. With temperatures heating up and a dose of fertilizer, your plants will take off and thrive this summer!

We have a good selection of tomatoes, peppers, herbs and lots of beautiful color for your garden and flower pots! And, to help you out, all veggies are 50% off. While supplies last!

So, get in here, then get out and get to planting!

Misty Brown, Lath House Manager

It's Time For Grub Control

Timing is everything, and that’s definitely true with grub control.

Grub problems don’t show up until late summer/early fall, but the best time to treat for them is now. Wait too long and you miss your opportunity to prevent future problems.

I know that’s confusing, but trust me. Treat now to prevent problems later.

I like to think of grub control now like crabgrass preventer in the early spring. We put it down before the problem gets here, so we don’t have the problem later.

 So, think of a treatment now like a “grub preventer”.

The choice of product is the key. You’ll want to put down our Hi-Yield product call Grub Free Zone III. Applying now gives it time to be in the right place for when new grub hatch in late summer and start feeding. Wait until they’re already feeding, and it’s too late.

This is a a dry granule you’ll need to apply with a lawn spreader and then water in. That last part is important… critically important. Until your application is watered in, it really hasn’t been fully applied. If it doesn’t get watered in, it won’t do any good. Time your application with rain, run your sprinkler system, or drag hoses… just make sure you water it in.

-Cameron Rees