| June Checklist:
If you haven't fertilized your lawn yet, don't wait any longer. Warmer weather on the horizon means it's time for your grass to start putting on some real growth. Weak lawns are prime candidates for bug and disease issues. Keep your lawn healthy and it will reward you all summer with G&B Lawn Fertilizer...safe for people & pets!
Did you know that by staggering your seed planting, or Succession Planting, some veggies can be harvested all summer? This works especially well with lettuce, beets, carrots, green onions and radishes. After your first planting, wait two weeks and plant again. When your first crop is spent, pull it up and replant it. This will ensure freshly picked vegetables all summer long. It's not to late to plant tomatoes, peppers and warm-season veggies!
Ladybugs are voracious soft bodied insect eaters! They prefer to eat aphids and will devour up to 50 a day, but they will also attack scale, mealy bugs, boil worms, leafhopper, and corn ear worm. They dine only on insects and do not harm vegetation in any way.
Ladybugs should always be released after sundown since they only fly in the daytime. During the night, they will search the area for food and stay as long as there is food for them. The more they eat the more eggs they lay & the more insect eating larvae you will have. It is best if the area has been recently watered. Ladybugs tend to crawl up and toward light. So release them in small groups at the base of plants and shrubs that have aphids or other insects, and in the lower part of trees. All the moisture we have had this season has created a Superbug Season and ladybugs can greatly reuduce your populations, get yours out tonight!
Now is a great time to start mulching the garden before the heat hits. Not only your vegetable area but your trees, shrubs, and perennials too. Most people think that mulch is just for appearance, but did you know that you can DRASTICALLY cut back your watering needs if your plants are mulched correctly. Mulching 2" of Kellogg's Gromulch can also DRASTICALLY reduce weed germination, which has been unstoppable in this cooler, rainy spring. Stop by with measurements and we can tell you exactly how much, and what type to use.