Welcome to the month of June, gardeners! Spring days are here and we are SO ready to get our hands dirty in the garden. Spring has sprung, blooms are blooming, summer is right around the corner, and it’s time to get to work.
"I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth?"
~ Edward Giobbi, Artist
Check these June gardening tips off of your June to-do lists and check back in with us next month for more! If you missed our tips earlier this spring, you can find there here.
This month, keep an eye out for pests and infestations as the temperatures rise and the pests get hungry! At the first sign of aphids, treat your fruit and shade trees. Signs of aphids include curling and misshapen leaves. Look for them on the undersides of leaves. When possible, use organic treatments such as a homemade soap spray or the introduction of beneficials such as ladybugs.
Another pest to look out for around this time of year is the codling moth in your apple trees. The moth’s larvae are the ones to blame for wormy apples.
On other fruit trees including apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarine, grapes, pears, roses, and euonymus, watch for and control powdery mildew with fungicides.
We should be through our cold frosty nights but just in case, remember to cover tender annuals with newspaper or other covers, to protect from frost.
We are past the typical last frost date, which is May 15 in northern Utah so summer flowering tubers like cannas, begonia, and dahlias can be safely set out.
Keep dead blooms off of your annuals and perennials in order to keep them bushy, full, and blooming!
Apply plant supports to newly emerging perennials and annuals that tend to flop over, such as peonies. Support them before they grow tall enough to fall over.
As the temperature rises keep adding beneficial bacteria to your pond.
UPDATE: We no longer carry pond plants here at Glover Nursery. Our pond expert Shane went and visited Utah Water Gardens and we are so happy to recommend them to you.
Not only do they carry Utah’s largest variety of Aquatic Plants including Utah Natives, Winter Hardy Water Lilies, Perennials, Tropicals, and hard-to-find plants, but they are a great locally owned and operated business with a fantastic team. They have a resident botanist and helpful staff to fulfill all of your aquatic plant needs!
It’s sprinkler time! Now is the time to start watering your lawn, but don’t overdo it. Lawns don’t need to be watered every day, or even every other day. For guidance on proper lawn watering in your area, be sure to check this weekly watering guide.
If you haven’t already, be sure to aerate your lawn.
Fertilize your lawn every 30 to 90 days starting now but be careful not to over-fertilize. Always follow the label. Now is also a good time to apply iron to your lawn. Iron helps to ensure a healthy, lovely green lawn that doesn't grow excessively and is easier to maintain.
As the weather warms up, keep your lawn mowed between 2-3″.
For more tips, check out our Seasonal Tips page!
Did you know landscaping isn’t just for aesthetics? It is of course an enjoyable aspect - who doesn’t love a beautiful yard - but a properly landscaped yard can also save you money on your energy bill. Plants, trees, and shrubs planted in suitable locations are not only pleasing to the eyes but can cool your yard and home during the dog days of summer by providing shade and cooling breezes.
The summer months can be almost unbearable when exposed in the sun, but a shade tree can turn a hot backyard into a cool oasis. Shade trees are not only great for escaping the summer heat, but they will also help cool your home. A US Department of Agriculture study found that shade trees reduced annual energy use for cooling by 10 to 50 percent.
Roofs, especially when they are a darker color, absorb heat from the sun, raising your home's temperature and making your Air Conditioner Unit work overtime. Shade trees can help alleviate this effect.
Speaking of AC Units, the same effect that cools your roof can help keep your AC from working overtime. Planting a shrub or bush near the unit can help cool your AC unit. The shade and transpiration from the bush keeps your AC unit from having to work as hard to cool your house, saving energy and lowering your electric bill.
Trees and shrubs planted along the west side of your home will help protect it from the peak afternoon sun. Another sun deflector is ivy, either grown on the outer wall of your home or on trellises.
You may also like to read about The Many Benefits of Shade
Properly placed, a tree can make shade during the day and create a cool breeze in the evenings.
A landscaper can help with placement but your best pruning practices are to prune low branches as air moves the fastest in the area beneath the lowest branch. In tandem with the trees, shrubs planted beneath a window will push the breeze up into your home.
Get your trees planted soon to start saving money on your energy bills ASAP.
Some of our favorite fast to medim growing shade trees & shrubs are:
This tree is fast-growing and grows to a height of about 40' and a width of 35-40'. It enjoys the sunshine and is vase-shaped, but a bit more rounded than its Green Vase counterpart. It turns rusty-red in the fall.
The Northern Red Oak is another fast-growing tree that reaches heights of 50-60' with a width of about 40-50'. It turns a lovely dark red during the fall season. The leaves persist on the tree into the winter months. It’s a hardy tree, resistant to pollution with a moderate salt and alkaline tolerance.
This tree is medium growing with a mature height between 45-60' and a width of 30-40'. It thrives in sunny spots and produces green, orange, and yellow tulip-shaped flowers in late spring. Its pale green leaves turn yellow in fall.
These fast-growing bushes reach a height & width of 18-24". It’s a hardy shrub that also likes to be in the sun. It has purple-blue blooms in the summer and attracts pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds.
This is a deciduous shrub or small tree with beautiful purple-pink smokey plumes and purple leaves. It is a medium growth rate plant, growing 1-2 feet per year with a mature size of about 10’ tall and wide.
Ninebark is a great ornamental shrub that is a favorite among gardeners in cold areas because of its hardiness and four-season appeal. Plant the ninebark in sunny spots that get a little bit of shade. Its flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.
Give us a visit and let our experts help you pick out the right trees & shrubs to help keep your home and yard cool all summer long.
To learn about how trees and shrubs can also help with a waterwise landscape, tune into our live with arborist James Batton on May 26th.
Pre-Emergent and Hi-Yield Dormant Spray
Spring has sprung! Have you been checking off your March gardening to-do list? We recommend different products throughout the year to help you get the most out of your gardens. We have two products that we know will benefit you and up your gardening game. Check them out:
Dormant Spray is made up of Paraffinic Oil and water and is for use on ornamental trees, shrubs, fruit trees, and shade trees.
They are used to control pests and insects on trees and shrubs by covering leaves and limb surfaces, killing insects and insect eggs. They aren’t toxic or harmful to helpful pollinators because it dissipates quickly before pollinators arrive later in the spring. It’s also safe to use around children and pets.
Dormant spray is effective on aphids, mealybugs, thrips, whiteflies, adelgids, leafhoppers, mites, and more! It is the most effective on young insects so the timing is important. Mature insect pests are harder to get rid of.
As the name implies, you should use it when your tree or shrub is dormant but the buds are swollen and about to break open. Depending on which Dormant Spray you use, there are other factors that can affect its effectiveness so be sure to read the label. Our favorite dormant spray is the ferti-lome Hi-Yield Dormant Spray and you shouldn’t use it if the temperatures exceed 85 degrees. Typically try to avoid spraying on hot, sunny days or when the temperature is close to freezing. Ideal conditions for spraying are 40-70 degrees. If the buds have already opened, do not use it as it will impact the development of fruit and will adversely affect pollination.
Pre-emergent is a herbicide that kills unwanted weeds and plants. As the name suggests, it works before the weeds have begun to sprout. It prevents seeds from developing, but will not affect plants that already have roots growing. As such, once the weeds have started growing, pre-emergent will not be effective (though, if you pull the weeds and then apply it, it will work for the prevention of new seed development).
Pre-emergent creates a protective layer in the soil. It contains chemicals that prevent seed development. As weed seeds begin to germinate, the roots will hit the protective layer. As it is a herbicide the product will prevent it from continuing its growth. You will never see the starts peeking through the soil!!
As we mentioned pre-emergent should be applied before weeds start to emerge from the ground. Weeds have different germination periods, but the end of March or early in April will have the best effect. It’s better to apply it too early than too late. Apply pre-emergent evenly to the needed area and then water it in to solidify the protective layer.
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April days are upon us. Those long spring days spent outside in our gardens are ahead of us. The temperatures are warming up and we start to see more and more buds and blooms. Now is the time when our garden to-do lists seem never-ending…and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
There are no days in the whole round year more delicious than those which often come to us in the latter half of April... The sun trembles in his own soft rays... The grass in the meadow seems all to have grown green since yesterday... though there is warmth enough for a sense of luxury, there is coolness enough for exertion.
~Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "April Days”
Check these April gardening tips off of your April to-do lists and check back in with us next month for more!
If our missed March’s list, you can find it here.
Further Reading: Top Three Tips for Maintaining Lawns
Happy gardening to you! heck out our seasonal gardening tips for even more information and come on over to see us with any questions or to grab the products you need to help your lawn and garden thrive
March means that spring is almost here - the first official day of spring is Sunday, March 20th. We are springing forward, days are getting longer, and plants are starting to sprout up from the ground. We are even enjoying some early spring blooms like Helleborus and pansies. It’s time to get busy and start prepping your garden for the growing season. We’ve got some tips and tricks to share with you.
Add these tasks to your March gardening “To-Do List”:
Early March is the time to prune peach, plum, cherry, and apricot trees. If you hadn’t pruned your apple trees and any other shade or fruit tree back in February, prune them now as well. Apply dormant spray to fruit trees, shade trees, and shrubs to help control insects such as aphids, scale, and mites that will be coming back in the spring.
It’s time to shake off the winter vibes and remove the winter layer of mulch from around perennials and roses. Rake out debris from your flower and shrub beds. If you are planning on moving your shrubs, do it now before they start to bud.
Once the soil has dried out enough, nutrient-rich compost can be added to flower beds. Don’t work the soil if it’s too wet because it causes compaction.
Check the consistency of your soil - it should crumble when squeezed in your palm and then be released. Apply fertilizer to your shrubs and perennials. Some shrubs may also need an application of iron in March.
You may also like to read: 5 Things to do While Waiting for Spring
It will feel as if they’ve just arrived but make sure that spring-flowering shrubs like forsythia and lilac are pruned as the blooms start to fade. Also, prune your rose bushes as the leaf buds start to swell. Summer flowering shrubs like potentilla and many spireas can be pruned at the end of March or early April.
Start begonias, dahlias, and other tubers indoors for earlier blooms. For more on starting bulbs indoors, check out How to Start Seeding Indoors
Another useful resource: Growing from Seed
It’s time to break out your equipment and make sure your garden tools are still working and in good shape. Service your power equipment and sharpen your lawnmower blades. Now is also a good time to organize your tool sheds and storage areas so that come gardening time you won’t waste any time finding what you need.
If short days, spent mostly inside have given you the winter blues, we are almost there! Getting back out in the garden has numerous benefits for our mental and physical health. Take care of these gardening items in March and springtime will be here before you know it. If you’re a newbie ready to start a garden, the expert gardeners at Glover Nursery are so happy to help. Consider joining our Facebook community for a wealth of shared knowledge and beautiful gardening pictures.
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At Glover Nursery we are dedicated to helping you achieve your garden goals. We love to answer your questions and set you up for success with the best plants and garden supplies. Recently, we’ve received a few questions from you all about raised garden beds: what are they, how do I make one, what are the benefits, and how can I make sure it's successful? We want to answer all of your raised bed questions right now!
Raised bed gardening is a type of gardening in which the soil is lifted above ground level and enclosed. The structures for raised beds, a platform with four walls or garden boxes, can be constructed out of wood, rock, or concrete and can be any size that works for you and your space! From small patio gardens to large backyard spreads, raised beds are a great choice.
The soil in a raised bed is typically enriched with compost. Personally, we suggest Rich and Complete; it works wonders in raised beds!
Raised garden beds can be dated back to medieval times when farmers would use walls made of woven limbs and branches - wattle fences - to keep their gardens contained. Fast forward to the 18th century when Parisian gardeners would use horse manure to grow vegetables to sell at the market. In the 1970s this way of gardening was appealing to smaller-scale home gardeners because of the higher yield.
When it comes to raised garden beds you can grow a wide selection of different plants. Some annuals you could grow in your raised bed garden are petunias, pansies, and a variety of herbs. Vegetables like carrots, kale, cucumber, lettuces, radishes, spinach, tomatoes, peas, beans, and squash are common for raised garden beds. If there is a vegetable that you eat often, you can likely grow it in your raised garden!
Another useful link: Learn about Setting Your Veggie Beds Up For Success Garden
An elevated garden bed is beneficial for a number of reasons - both for you and your plants. First, lifting your garden from ground level makes bending over and working on your garden less of a strain on your body. You can lift it as high as you need - as long as you can fill it with soil!
A raised bed also isolates your plants and helps prevent weeds and pests. Because you add all the soil to the garden bed, it will likely be way more nutrient-rich so that you can grow more in a smaller amount of space. The soil will also be more aerated and have better draining. Your plants will love it!
Raised garden beds allow for a longer growing season because they warm up quicker in the spring, and cool down slower in the fall. You can also cover them as the weather gets colder and create a kind of greenhouse.
Depending on the size of your outdoor space, raised garden beds can fit into small spaces or large spaces. They’re very versatile.
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Many people choose to build their raised garden beds themselves with treated 2 x 4s or retainer wall materials. If you are crafty, building raised beds could be a fun weekend project! Some home improvement stores even provide raised garden bed kits.
At our garden center, we carry beautiful cedar raised garden boxes made by local artisans that have a 3'x6' growing area with a small platform around the side to give space for holding material while planting in the box. The full size of the box is 42"x78” and the boxes hold a cubic yard of soil.
Let us know in the comments if you plan to start a raised bed this spring! If you already have one - tell us your favorite thing to grow. If you’d like to join an ever-growing online garden community for both beginners and seasoned gardeners alike, come say hello in our Glover Nursery Gardening Group. The community is always sharing their garden wins and gardening tips.
We are inching closer and closer to spring!
It’s not spring yet but I swear we can already smell it. February is another month of maintenance and preparation to help ensure a successful growing season. We are gearing up at the nursery with new shipments of gardening tools, seeds, water plants, and more! We’re also bringing on new team members to help better serve the Utah gardening community come March and April.
If you think you, or someone you know, would make a great fit here at the garden center, make sure to send in an application.
Here are some of our top monthly tips for February but definitely check out even more seasonal planting tips & tricks.
The end of February is the time of the year to prune your shade trees because they are dormant and less susceptible to bugs and disease. You can also prune apple and pear trees. When you prune, you will cut off broken or dead branches and trim the top branches. Make sure that your cuts are angled and clean. Pruning your trees encourages new growth so your tree can provide even more shade in the summer month.
Related Reading: Need more shade in your backyard? If you live in Utah you're in luck. Our shade trees will turn your backyard into an instant oasis for all your summer activities. We've got a wide variety of instant shade trees and we deliver and install them too!
Read more: Instant Shade For Your Yard
There are a few things to keep an eye on in February when it comes to your pond. Make sure to check the heaters and aerators often to make sure that they are working properly. Ponds also must have a hole in the ice to release noxious gasses that form from decomposing matter in the pond. Pond owners will also want to check for ice dams. Ensure they are not forming on waterfalls or streams that might divert water level over the liner.
Related Viewing: In this video, Glover Nursery's water garden manager, Shane, gives you a quick checklist to go through when preparing your pond for winter. Watch here
New seeds are rolling into the garden nursery all the time! Now is the time to look through plant catalogs for plants and ideas you may want to incorporate like companion plantings into your garden beds. Order / come pick out your seeds or plugs now to get them started early indoors and for the best selection.
Growing plants from seeds is an exciting and fulfilling undertaking. If you haven’t done it before, Glover Nursery is here to help. Utah gardeners now’s the time to start your seeds inside (also known as seeding indoors). We’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks (& seeds!).
You may also check out our seasonal tip videos here.
We are available for all of your gardening questions - that’s what we do! Come down and visit us at the garden center, give us a call, or reach out on social media.
Do you know how to make your plants thrive? This article will tell you about the tips that will help you be your plants SuperHero this year.
So many people picked up the good habit of gardening over the last few years. Here at Glover Nursery we’ve noticed that the number of new gardeners we’re helping keeps going up and up every year. And we love it!
Plant Gardening is an incredible hobby. Not only does it bring you joy, it can help keep you in good health. There’s extraordinary benefits that you gain both body and soul when you garden.
We know how good gardening is for each and every human and that’s why we want to make sure that new gardeners know how to give that good ole TLC right back to the plants in your life.
The number one issue we see with new gardeners is a lack of understanding around under/over watering. Below are 5 tips to show you how to be your plants SuperHero and keep them strong and thriving throughout the year. It may take time, patience, and some trial-and-error but you can save the day and be your plants’ superhero by following these steps:
Plants need water. But did you know that not only too little but too much water can be a problem?
This is the number one reason we see plants returned here at the nursery. To be a gardener in Utah is to understand that we live in a desert. Very few plants can survive here without regular watering. There are a few times a year where we can rely on rain/snow but for the most part your plants will need watering assistance from you throughout the year. Even in the winter!
Signs that you may be underwatering: your plant is wilting or drying out or you may even notice burn spots on the leaves. If you notice this it’s a sign that your plant needs to be watered more regularly. Start with a good long soak then up your regular watering schedule until you see the plant return to its regular perky, happy, healthy green.
If you have been overwatering, the soil will be moist and the leaves will be yellowish. Overwatering can cause the roots to rot. To fix this, stop watering ASAP, and if you can, move the plant out of direct sunlight until the soil that dries. To avoid this mistake, look up your plant to figure out what its exact watering preferences are. You can also snap a photo and send it to the experts here at Glover Nursery. We’re happy to help you diagnose your plant's issues and get it back to health. You can submit an inquiry via our website plant diagnosis form here.
In order to let the plant focus on new growth, you must remove dead leaves and branches. This is also called pruning. You can use a pair of scissors or shears to cut away brown leaves and dead branches. Every plant has it’s perfect season for pruning. A quick internet search will reveal your plant's best time for a little hair cut. It may feel like you’re harming the plant, but you’re helping it so much in the long run!
Different plants need different amounts of light - some plants prefer hours of exposure to direct sunlight, others thrive in the shade. Make sure you know which your plant prefers and plant it/place it in your home accordingly. If a plant is getting too much or not enough sunlight, it could contribute to its decline. Just adjusting it’s sun exposure can make all the difference!
Maybe your plant is malnourished and not getting all of the nutrients it needs.You can remedy this using fertilizer or compost. Signs of a malnourished plant include weak stems and discolored leaves. Glover Nursery recommends: TKTK to help revive your plant.
Check your plant for any hint of green - even if your plant is completely brown, it may still be alive! If you can’t find any sign of life in the leaves or stems, see if you can check the roots. The roots are the plant’s support system and can provide plenty of insight into the health of your plant. If the roots are plumb and tan or white, they are likely getting enough water and nutrients to keep the plant going. If the roots are healthy, you are back in business. Your next step is figuring out what is going wrong. You can submit a photo to the experts here at Glover Nursery and we’ll help you diagnose your plant and get it back on the road to health.
The best way to bring your plant back to life is to go through these steps slowly. Too many changes at once could overwhelm your plant. Once you’ve figured out the problem, stick with those habits to ensure your plant lives a long happy life. If you have any questions about being your plants superhero or need help figuring out how to care for your plant, you can ask our plant diagnosis team.
This is a special time of year! The holiday season is here and we love it for so many reasons, but as a garden center, our favorite part is when Christmas Trees arrive and we get to help everyone who visits Glover Nursery find the right tree for their home. We’ve talked about the environmental benefits of choosing a “real” Christmas tree as opposed to a manufactured one, but when it comes to real trees, there are more choices to be made!
We provide both Fresh Cut and Live Christmas Trees but what is the difference? We’ll tell you
Both of these real Christmas Tree options will make for beautiful decor and provide that fresh pine smell that we all love over the holidays. They each need different types of care and preparation so here are some of our best tips if you chose to go with a Live Tree, that you can plant in your yard after Christmas is over, keeping the magical memories alive:
This is important because if you wait too long and the ground freezes, you won’t be able to plant your tree. Keep track of temperatures and makes sure to dig the hole before the first hard freeze. A tree planting rule of thumb is to dig a hole the depth of the root ball and two times the diameter. If you don’t already know the size of your tree and safe place to start is about 2 feet wide and 1 ½ feet deep. Keep the dug-up dirt in a bucket and make sure to store it somewhere it won’t freeze.
In order to keep your Live Christmas Tree alive while it is indoors, the rootball must always be kept moist. A tip to keep the root ball moist but not overwatered is to display it in a watertight container and use ice cubes that will melt over time.
Bringing a live tree indoors from the cold and then back outside again in a few days’ time can send it into shock. Before bringing the tree inside (and then again when you bring it back inside) store it in a garage, shed, or sheltered area to allow the tree to get acclimated. When you are displaying the tree in your home, make sure to keep it away from heat sources and vents as well.
More and more families are choosing a Live Christmas Tree for their holiday decor. They may require a little extra effort but it’s a great way to savor the wonderful memories of the holidays every time you see the tree growing in your yard. For more information on Live Christmas Trees, watch this video with Ryan Glover.
It’s never too early to start planning for Christmas, right? When it comes time to start decorating for Christmas the age-old question comes up. Do you buy real or artificial Christmas trees this year? People definitely have varying opinions on which they like better, but if you’re looking for the tree with the least environmental impact, you have to go with a real tree.
We are real tree fans for many reasons, one being: nothing beats the smell of a real, freshly cut Christmas tree. Christmas candles come close, but they just don’t cut it (pun intended). Real Christmas trees are also beautiful and come in all shapes and sizes, but beyond that choosing to buy a real Christmas tree has real economic and environmental impacts and it’s all good news!
When you choose a real Christmas Tree, you are choosing to support local farmers and businesses instead of big box stores. While 80% of manufactured trees are made in China, 350 million real trees are grown on 15,000 different farms here in the United States. The Christmas tree industry provides approximately 100,000 full-time and part-time jobs every year.
Did You Know? North American Real Christmas Trees are grown in all 50 states!
Check Out Our Favorite Christmas Trees here.
As we mentioned before, there are about 15,000 farms growing real Christmas trees and they take up around 350,000 acres preserving green space. Christmas trees can grow in soil that is unfit for most other crops. They even enrich the soil and help the biome and nutrient base in the areas that they are grown by pulling out toxins. Plus you don’t have to fear the Lorax for cutting them down because for every tree that is chopped down at Christmas time 1-3 trees are planted in its place for next time!
Did You Know?: There are about 30 million real Christmas trees sold every year in the United States.
Just one acre of a Christmas tree farm provides enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe, every day. This means that the 350,000 acres provide enough oxygen for 6.3 million people per day. That’s a lot of oxygen! Of course with producing oxygen comes absorbing CO2 and other gases. One tree can absorb 1 ton of CO2 in its lifetime.
Did You Know?: In the nineteenth century Americans would cut their trees in nearby forests. Now Christmas Tree farms make the practice more sustainable.
Also check out: Christmas Trees Journey From Farm To Your Home.
There are over 4,000 programs across the country that help people recycle their real Christmas Trees and of the 25-30 million that are bought each year 93% of them are recycled through those programs! Other people opt to buy trees with their roots still intact so they can plant them in the yard after the holiday festivities are over. Ryan talked about the benefits of purchasing a real tree in our video here.
While real trees are a renewable and recyclable source, artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and even metal toxins. No matter how many times you use the tree, it’s still going to end up in a landfill.
Did You Know?: The carbon footprint of an artificial tree is about 40kg of C02 compared to a real tree’s which would have a carbon footprint of 3.5 kg-16kg of C02 depending on how you dispose of it.
We are excited to get our Christmas trees in this year and help you pick out the perfect tree for your home. Read Stay up to date on when the trees arrive to our garden center and more by signing up for our newsletter.