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.
How crazy was the weather this spring?
It was certainly far from typical and it’s impossible to predict what's coming up. Let’s take a look at what this weather has done to our plants, and what to look for moving forward.
This spring has been particularly cool and wet, especially compared to last year when we experienced one hundred-degree weather in the middle of May with almost no precipitation. While this spring has had significantly more rain we are still experiencing a drought so we recommend reviewing local watering guides.
Because of the cooler spring weather, many plants took longer than normal to break dormancy. . For example, maple trees usually are fully leafed around mid-April but this year didn’t break dormancy until nearly the second week of May.
Redbuds also had a rough go of this spring. Hard freezes arrived during its two major growth times, killing the flower buds and delaying the leaf buds from opening in their normal time frame
Additionally, it wasn’t warm enough for many Perennials to wake up and bloom when they normally would, so you still may not be seeing some of your favorites in the garden. The good news is, that doesn’t mean that they’re dead. It just means patience is key so give things a bit more time to catch up.
Many people use Mother’s Day as the season marker for planting. However, this year we had a hard frost after that target date. You might have experienced damage in your veggie gardens, even if they were covered. This will result in a shorter crop season, but you will still likely get a decent harvest
Tomatoes typically have a 10-12 week harvest season. This year it will most likely be closer to 6-8 weeks, especially if we get frost in September.
Though it is almost at an end, June is known as Perennial Month. While temps are starting to warm up for summer, it is still a great time to add perennials to the garden to enjoy the summer blooms and feed the pollinators. As perennials all have different bloom times, it’s a great idea to add throughout the season so you can have a variety of colors throughout the year.
With hot temperatures becoming more regular, it’s important to keep an eye on your plants for signs of heat stress. The shock of the temperature swing from the cooler spring can be too much for your plants. Signs of heat stress include:
The best cure is always prevention. When possible, water your plants prior to 10 am, provide permanent shade, and mulch your plant beds and trees to keep the roots cooler.
Morning watering is preferred so your plants don’t lose water to evaporation in the afternoon sun. Evening watering makes your plant more susceptible to fungus and pests overnight.
It’s also worth looking into growing water-wise plants that are able to withstand extreme temperatures.
Take a look at 7 Waterwise summer blooms for your garden here.
What can you do if your plant has already experienced heat stress? It is possible for many plants to recover.
Heat stress can happen to plants in temperatures starting at 85℉ so keep an eye on your thermometers.
For more information about how the strange spring weather will affect this year’s growing season, make sure to join the Glover Nursery Facebook group and watch this live with Erica.
If you have any questions about how your plants have been reacting to the weather, please feel free to reach out to the experts at our Utah garden centre as well!
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.
You might also be interested: Planning Your Garden
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.
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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.