For Fresh Color

There is still a lot of summer left to enjoy! If the pots of flowers and hanging baskets put out early season are looking haggard or have dried out during your vacation, replace them with fresh colorful pots of zinnias, dahlias, coleus, and potato vine. There are plenty of choices for livening things up for the next al fresco dinner party or day around the pool or patio.

For the Lawn & Landscape

While it’s probably too hot to start a new lawn from seed, begin soil preparation now. Test pH (add lime if necessary), kill existing weeds, and measure the square footage to know how much compost, fertilizer, and grass seed to buy. The optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August thru mid-October in the Willamette Valley.

Mulch beds with G&B Soil Building Conditioner for weed control and to protect plants from hot weather damage. If needed, provide temporary shade for vulnerable or recent plantings. Spray with Moisture-Loc or Bonide Wilt Stop to reduce shock on new plants.

Camellias need deep watering this month to develop flower buds for next spring, especially those that bloom in fall/winter like ‘Yuletide’.

Mature landscape trees and shrubs benefit from monthly deep watering during hot, dry weather.

For the Edible Garden

How is your vegetable garden doing? Now is the time to fertilize summer crops such as tomatoes, squash, beans, and cucumbers for continued harvests. G&B Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer is organic and probiotic.

It’s also time to clean up and fertilize your strawberry bed; add a few new plants to areas where growth is thin.

Check apple maggot traps; spray trees if needed.

Perhaps friends and family have had enough zucchini; now it’s time to plant a new crop of fall vegetables! Plant cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, winter kale, spinach, turnips, and parsnips. It’s also a great time for a mid-summer planting of peas for fall harvest. Stop in soon to see what seeds or starts are available.

As space opens up in the vegetable garden later this month, plant winter cover crops to naturally improve your soil. We have many to choose from—ask our experts for more information!

Prune raspberries and other cane berries after harvest; monitor potatoes and tomatoes for early and late blight.

In the Garden Shed

Get lawn renovation supplies ready for when it starts to rain, including lime, G&B Soil Building Conditioner, G&B Organic Lawn Fertilizer, and grass seed (over-seed at a rate of 3.5-5 pounds per 1000 square feet or seed bare ground with 7-10 pounds per 1000 square feet).

Check for root weevils in ornamental shrubs and flowers such as rhododendrons and hollyhocks; codling moth and spider mite in apple trees; scale insects in camellias, holly, and maples. Treat as necessary with beneficial nematodes and or neem oil.

Control caterpillars on vegetables, geraniums, and petunias with Bonide Captain Jacks, or by hand-picking for removal.

Bring in leaf or bug samples and photos of plants that are not doing well; gardeners on staff can diagnose and offer treatments for most problems.

Control yellow jackets and wasps with lures or traps, but remember that they are beneficial to our gardens by preying on caterpillars and other pests. Consider adding a container of carnivorous plants to your eating area—pitcher plants are strikingly beautiful and will gobble up pesky insects with ease!

Basic Pruning List

It’s a good time to trim and shape broad-leafed shrubs and hedges such as boxwood, privets, and laurel (careful of sun burning plants during extreme heat—protect with shade cloth or spray with Moisture-Loc plant protectant). Lightly prune to shape deciduous trees, Japanese maples, and summer-flowering shrubs (after bloom).

For Fun

Sit out and enjoy your garden! Pick and eat a homegrown feast and bring your extra produce to our garden centers on Wednesday or Friday to be donated to local food banks through our campaign Plant a Row for the Hungry!

Choose a shady spot, a cool drink, and a friend to make something crafty. Use sedums and succulents to plant an outdoor vertical garden or pot up a succulent dish garden for your patio table.