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Welcome August. Yes, we are all hot; our drooping Hydrangeas, our parched hanging baskets, our withering flowers and our wilting families . But we can't forget to look at our lawns. Dan's got some good advice below. He also shares one of his favorite late summer perennials, Echinacea.
August Lawn Renovations

Despite the typically hot and dry conditions in August, this is the time to think about lawn renovation. The rule of thumb is that if your lawn is 50 percent or more composed of weeds, it is time to renovate. 

This process starts with a soil test to find your PH and nutrient levels. 

Then moves on to weed elimination using least toxic practices. 

Once weeds are gone we can make organic matter and nutrient additions as necessary. 

Till or dig in these items and rake the area level, removing rocks, sticks and roots. 

After all this, stop in and we will advise you on the best seed for your particular location. 

Last but not least, comes watering. Maintain a damp seed bed at least until the grass needs its first mowing. 

All of our efforts will be most successful if they are completed by the first or second week in September.  

Fall Vegetable Seedlings

Yes, you can start those fall crops NOW! 

We have the following in seedlings

Basil, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Chinese Cabbage, Late Cabbage, Green Kale, Red Kale, Leaf Lettuce, Toy Choy.    

And of course we have seeds for fall crops as well.

We've been potted!

Come check out our new selection of Terra Cotta pots in shades of gray.
It will soon be time to think about bringing those Houseplants in for the fall and giving them a re-pot. We have a great selection of colorful glazed pots and saucers to meet your tastes and decor.
Plant of the Month

 Echinacea - Coneflower
By Dan Ziomek

The dog days of August are often a time when we all sit back and forget about our gardens. But it is also the month when Coneflowers of all types really shine. These days we have moved beyond simple purples and pinks to include bright orange, red and yellow flowers. These plants are perfect for brightening up a pool or patio area and have the added benefit of attracting pollinators and butterflies. 
My favorite variety is Cheyenne Spirit, with a mix of orange, red and yellow flowers.
A few of the new varieties to look for include Green Twister – greenish flowers with carmine-red centers,
the Kismet series which have a range of colors on compact plants and finally Sombrero Hot Coral.   

August is the Month To :
  • Deadhead annuals for increased blooming.
  • Watch for insects & take care of them immediately.
  • Control Poison Ivy.
  • Prepare for lawn renovations.
  • Mulch with straw your garlic, shallots and strawberry plants.
  • Fertilize strawberries with high nitrogen fertilizer.
  • Cut canes of summer bearing raspberries.
  • Plant Leaf Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Endive, Chinese Cabbage, Kale, Radish, Mustard Greens for a fall harvest.
Message from Tom and Janine
Hasn't this been the strangest string of weather? It's like living in the tropics with the rain every day and the heat and humidity. We are looking forward to cooler night temps that come with the advent of fall. This will also mean fall bulbs will arrive soon and we already have our first batch of Mums in our annual greenhouse. . We hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer and are still planting. Our yard is still loaded with beautiful Hibiscus, Hydrangeas and flowering Perennials. Hope to see you soon.

Tom & Janine Giles
& the staff of the Hadley Garden Center
Hadley Garden Center | 413-584-1423 www.hadleygardencenter.com