Mulch Your Plants to ‘Summerize’ Them
Mulching your plants during the summer months provides many benefits, among them: insulating the soil so the roots don’t get too hot; holding in the moisture so the plants can use it over a longer time period; and helping to control weeds. You can use many products for this effect. Most people prefer a natural look from bark, straw or even rock. Others use landscape fabric, plastic or paper. Whatever you use, take advantage of this easy method of helping your plants survive the heat.
Plant Heat-Lovers Now for Summer Color
Heat-loving annual color will make a bright contribution to your garden now. Try petunias, zinnias and vinca in that hot spot or pot. Annual vinca comes in white, pinks, red and purples. Wave petunias are only in pink and purple, but other petunia range from white and yellow, to red, purples, and pinks. Zinnias can bring in the yellow and oranges as well as the other colors. So mix it up and have some fun!
Start Looking for those UGLY WORMS!
Keep a close watch out for those tomato horn worms this month. When you see signs of eating or pooping (dark brown chunks) on leaves, begins spraying or dusting with a product containing spinosad or Bt, both orgainic and safe to use in your vegetable garden. These both kill many kinds of ‘wormy’ pests on veggies, and also on flowers or ornamentals. We have several choices for you, including dust, ready-to-use sp



We have many beautiful plants for gift giving on Father’s Day. Consider crape myrtles, citrus or fruit trees. If you are thinking about things other than plants, how about a beautiful chime, a new garden hat, or a bird feeder. Still in doubt? Then maybe a gift certificate or a custom made basket full of gloves, seeds and hand tools. Any of these will make Dad happy!


Crape myrtles love the summer heat – plant them where they get full sun and they will reward you with colorful blooms all summer long. Many varieties also have brilliant fall foliage colors and smooth, peeling bark for fall and winter interest. Crape myrtle varieties range from low growing, weeping, 3-5 foot shrubs, to semi-dwarf (5-10 foot) trees and shrubs, up to tall, over 20 foot varieties. Flower colors range from white to varying shades of pinks, purples, lavenders, and reds.
Crape myrtles are native to Japan, China, and Eurasia, preferring sunny, well-draining locations, with deep, infrequent watering once established. They do not thrive in wet or moist locations. They can be susceptible to powdery mildew during our foothill spring weather, or if they are not in a sunny location with good air circulation. Their bloom season can often be extended by pruning the spent flower clusters, since they bloom on new growth. Normally heavy pruning is not required; just prune for shape and size during the late fall or winter.
The best time to select a crape myrtle or two for your yard is during their summer blooming season, so come in soon and see our beautiful selections.