Welcome to July, gardeners! Summer is in full swing and the days are heating up after a wet, cool spring.
"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Check these July gardening tips off your to-do lists. It’s always helpful to know what to do in the garden this month! If you missed our tips last month, you can find them here.
Temperatures are rising and insects are getting hungry! Keep an eye out for diseases and pests including powdery mildew, peach twig borers (on peach, nectarine, cherry, and apricot trees), and codling moth (on apple and pear trees). The codling moth’s larvae are the ones to blame for wormy apples.
There are a few options when it comes to getting rid of spider mites. Consider using a hard spray of water to knock them back, dormant oil, or organic insecticides.
Continue deep soaking newly planted trees and shrubs 2 to 3 times per week and fully established plants 2 to 3 times per month. Check out our watering guide for more tips.
Remove faded flowers from annuals, perennials, and roses to promote re-blooming. Removing the spent flowers will encourage the plants to produce more and more beautiful blooms.
It may not be your favorite chore, but keep up on the weeding! A little prevention by pulling them early prevents weeds from going to seed. Once they go to seed they’ll start growing like…well, weeds.
Give your Hanging baskets and planters a refresh. . They may need some sprucing up. Cut back overgrown plants and replace any spent plants as needed. A few pops of new color mixed in with the cleaned-up flowers will keep your planters and baskets looking as beautiful as the day you bought them.
Hanging baskets may need extra water in the summer heat so test the soil in the morning and again in the evening.
Keep your pond plants fertilized this summer.
As you probably know, mosquitoes can be extra pesky this time of year and a pond may be a perfect breeding ground. To avoid a mosquito infestation, keep the water flowing and moving and use mosquito tablets to keep them away.
A lot of folks are reducing (or even eliminating) lawn from their yards these days. But, one thing to keep in mind - a healthy lawn does help to keep the yard cooler.
Lawn care doesn’t have to use up excessive amounts of water. Creating a strong root system with healthy soil allows your lawn to look great with far less water than you might think. Now is also a good time to apply products like Revive, Groundbreaker, Hydretain, and TurfMax - four products to help your lawn in the heat.
For more tips, check out our Seasonal Tips page.
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!
Ask any gardening professional to narrow down their favorite late summer blooms and you’d better be ready to sit back and spend a few hours...probably best to have a cold beverage in hand too. There are so many beautiful plants that will keep blooming strong right up to winter. While we would love to list every single one of them here, it would be faster to read the entire Game of Thrones book series.
So, we shall give you a short, but very sweet, list of late summer blooms that you can plant now, enjoy now, enjoy in the fall, and (since they are all perennials) enjoy again next year. Yes, they are all that good.
1 – Asters
Asters have daisy-like flowers which bloom in late-summer through fall. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, pollinators with their bright colors and are disease and deer resistant. There are a wide variety of asters with colors that range from white and pastels of blues and pinks, to hybrids of deep scarlet and purple.
An incredibly versatile groundcover for cold climates, Plumbago does well in both sun and shade and can handle most soil types very well. The blooms start in late summer with numerous, long-lasting, deep blue flowers. As the flowering finishes, the leaves change to a vivid mahogany red color, continuing their colorful display until winter.
3 – Centranthus
Also known as Jupiter’s Beard or Valerian, Centranthus is an everblooming Old World wildflower. It has clusters of tiny dark red flowers with deep green foliage. This butterfly attracting plant is a great addition to any water-wise landscape as, once it is established, it does well with minimal water. It is an extremely versatile plant that can be used in a wide variety of landscapes, and the beautiful blooms make great a great addition to bouquets due to its long vase life.
4 – Echinacea
Well known for its healing properties, Echinacea is also commonly known as Coneflower. This powerhouse perennial has flowers that attract birds, butterflies, and bees. It is extremely easy to grow and makes excellent cut flowers. Echinacea has been popular in landscapes for decades, both for it’s ease of care and for it’s beautiful and versatile blooms. They come in a variety of colors: white, red, orange, yellow, pink and the most popular Purple Coneflower that you have likely seen when traveling through any prairie land. It is a great native plant.
5 – Ornamental Oregano
Though it is most commonly known for its culinary use, Oregano has some ornamental varieties that are absolutely beautiful. These perennial herbs do well in rock gardens as well as areas with well-drained soil. Ornamental oregano is an attractive flowering perennial that's easy to grow. The flavor isn’t as strong as the culinary variety but it has an unmatched appearance in its colorful bracts that develop in a host of pastel hues. We have seen Ornamental Oregano referred to as “a peacock of the herb family”.
6 – Fall Anemone
Fall-blooming anemones bring an elegant touch of ethereal beauty to an autumn landscape with their delicate looking flowers topping off the willowy stems. As the petals drop off the blossom they leave behind a globe-shaped seed head, the combination of which provides a delightful showing for several weeks between late July and October, depending on the cultivar.
7 – Gaillardia
Also known as Blanket Flower, this powerhouse of a plant blooms from early summer right through the entire season. The flower is daisy-like, but the petal ends have a slightly ruffled appearance. These easy-to-grow perennials come in many colors from yellow to deep red and are most known for their showy, banded flowers. Gaillardia do well in hot, sunny gardens. Oh, and they happen to be a butterfly favorite.
There are more, so many more, but this is a great list if you are looking for that power flower to add some pop to your garden now.
If these 7 late-summer through fall stunners aren’t enough to satisfy your thirst for color, check out this blog post from last year https://glovernursery.com/top_10_end_of_summer_blooms/
Now, if neither of these lists are enough to get the garden color you are seeking, come on down and we’ll show you the many more options available – after all, we are here to help and we have hundreds of beautiful plants in stock with more arriving every week. It’s a good time to be at Glover Nursery.
9275 South 1300 West
See you soon!