Summer FUN IN THE GARDEN
Early summer is a busy time in the garden. The weather is now consistently warm almost everywhere, and plantings are filling in and looking good. For the gardener, the emphasis has shifted from planting to maintaining. Early morning in the garden sounds like a cliché, but what cool is offered in the summer is usually in early morning hours. Time to water, deadhead faded blooms if needed, and refill birdbaths and feeders. Enjoy your outdoor living areas!
June is the month of the ROSE. Take time this summer to stop and smell the roses. The colors and varieties this year are just breathtaking. Houzz shared early this year:
What Kind of Roses Should You Grow?
Want to add the beauty of roses to your garden? Find out which ones, from old-fashioned to modern, are right for you.
Later this week (yes, in June) you will receive an email about ordering fall flowers. We order by July 1st for wider selection and best availability for September delivery. If you are not currently on the seasonal flower list and want add this service, email Jamie Kent at
Mulch, weed, and water are the three most important July tasks. This month is all about maintaining the beauty of your landscape in the heat. Summer fertilizer applied in late June will help restore color faded by hot sun. Regular mowing at the right height will lessen grass stress. Most lawns need regular watering during the summer to keep them green. On average, provide about 1 inch of water per week.
Weeds are everywhere! Summer pine needle and mulch applications will help conserve soil moisture and suppress weed seed germination, but won't stop every weed. A lawn weed is defined as any plant that is not wanted in the lawn, even if it is a grass variety. Grassy weeds are often difficult to identify in a lawn because they look similar to desirable turfgrass. Most practices used to encourage good turf growth will by nature also improve the growth and development of grassy weeds. Our turf program includes systematic applications of pre-emergent weed control, fungicide, and fertilizer. We also apply an organic soil supplement with iron in August. If weeds continue to be a problem after proper maintenance, we further clarify the problem so the appropriate control product can be applied. Weed identification and control can be easier with pictorial guides.
July is also the time to plant broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, onions and other cool season vegetables seeds for your fall vegetable garden.
Do not neglect your container plants; they need more water than those plants in the ground.
If your grass is dry in August, you may have to adjust the watering schedule. Mowing a dry lawn will further stress the turf and expose it to the drying effects of the wind and sun.
This is a good month to divide Iris and Daylilies. Dig clumps that have become crowded and that have not been blooming as fully as in past years. Divide tubers and roots, and trim dead portions. Use younger, vigorous sections for replanting. Prepare new beds by amending soil with composted pine bark and compost to a depth of 8 to 10 inches.
Refresh your beds by adding colorful flowers that bloom in late summer, especially if your garden is starting to feel tired. Many shrub roses are excellent picks for bold color in August, as are new sterile varieties of butterfly bush (such as the Flutterby, Buzz, and Lo and Behold series).
VALUE OF A LANDSCAPE
Last newsletter, we looked at the value of landscape services. We find most clients of landscape maintenance services appreciate the time saved and benefits provided by landscape professionals. A long-term relationship built on loyalty, dependability, and consistent communication allows both parties to meet expectations. In the competitive business of lawn maintenance or care, there is always more to consider than just price so the value built by a good relationship becomes priceless. loveyourlandscape.org
Another value of a landscape is found in a recent study about trees, which quotes that stress falls as exposure to trees increases. One could go a step further and speculate that enjoying the outdoors and all that nature provides in your landscape can do the same. That is a tall order, but see what you think. Read more
It is harder to provide value and meet expectations if the question is never asked: What can we do differently or what service should we consider adding to make the relationship and value of the service better? Landscaping in our area has changed, the economy has changed, the environment has changed, and clients' needs have changed. We keep our costs down and pass on the benefits. If we added a new service, for example: mosquito control or specialty pruning, what would be your top choice? Let us know!
TRENDING THIS SUMMER
Mosquitoes & Zika Virus
The news is full of reports regarding the Zika virus. Protecting yourself and your family from mosquitoes begins with awareness of their presence and how you can take simple steps to avoid not only Zika Virus, but how to avoid pesky mosquitoes in general this summer. Learn more
Organic Options for Mosquitoes and Pests
Create a pest free environment using natural products. Our research has found that Greenbug offers pest control products that are alternatives to toxic, synthetic pesticides. Greenbug can be used on pets, people, and property.
Attract Hummingbirds and Bees
With These Beautiful Summer Flowers
Roll out a welcome mat for pollinators to keep your landscape in balance. Read more
Take it one plant or section at a time.
Does your garden have all the elements to become a Certified Wildlife Habitat?
TreesCharlotte would appreciate your input on how Charlotte's tree canopy can be maintained and protected for future generations. Just 5 minutes of your time to fill out the City of Charlotte's online survey will be a valuable contribution to Charlotte's future:
|CHARLOTTE SUMMER EVENTS
FIRST DAY OF SUMMER
June 20 at 6:34 p.m.
EDT. This is the "summer" solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.
Charlotte's Local Pesto is back this summer at Waxhaw's Providence Produce!
Contact Ellen Stevens for details
June 25 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
Rising 1st through 5th grade
Wing Haven Gardens
248 Ridgewood Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28209
Thursdays 5:00-9:00 pm
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Enjoy the Garden in the golden evening hours when the warm light of the setting sun
illuminates thousands of buds and blooms.
HAPPY JULY 4TH - INDEPENDENCE DAY
Office Closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Holiday
August 6, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6500 South New Hope Road
If you have never seen our Facebook page, please take a look. It is the way we share beautiful photos and news you may be able to use for your landscape, garden, or just good to know. We would like to reach 100 Likes this summer, because we Like what we do and Love to share.
"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."
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