Ron Lardie, Knapp Valley Garden Center Manager is the “go-to guy” for everything you need to know about plants! Ron answers hundreds (maybe even thousands) of questions every day. Here are a couple that are common:

Q:  IS IT TOO LATE TO PLANT ANNUALS? A:  No!  Although you may be too late for some fruits and vegetables (food crops) that require more than 65 days to maturity.   Most things can still be planted, but will require more maintenance and TLC as the heat of  summer progresses. Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD  I WATER  MY PLANTS? A:  The average plant requires the equivalent of about 1” of rain  per week. It is much better to do a long, deeper watering once a week as opposed to several short periods per week..  Short bursts of water do not reach deep into the ground, causing surface roots. Adjust your watering schedule, depending on your watering implements ( shape and size and pressure of hose, irrigation system,...

JUNE IS BUSTIN’ OUT ALL OVER!

And blooming!  Be on the lookout for colorful flowering trees and plants that are at their peak in June—including: Kousa Dogwood trees Japanese Lilacs Weigela Hydrangea Roses Salvia Astilbe Siberian Iris Lavender Foxglove Yarrow Also watch for things that may not be so attractive: Mosquitoes Japanese beetles Sawfly larvae  feeding on leaves of  Mountain Ash Hibiscus sawfly Leaf miners on Birch trees Thrips  (leave holes in rosebuds) Blackspot on some varieties of  roses Magnolia scale What to do in the garden this month? Scout for diseases and insects Fertilize roses and check them for black spot Take softwood cuttings from perennials Deadhead annuals Pinch flowers from culinary...
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