Hot and Dry!!! The “Dog Days of Summer” hit us early in July this year and the 90 degree days are still with us. July and August have been brutal and have taken a toll on plants and humans alike. I hope you have been able to keep your annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs watered well during this drought.
September is plant maintenance time. The weeds love this weather, so keep them pulled. Dead head an cut back any tired looking plants and check for insects and diseases. Because of the mild winters we have been having, the Japanese Beetles, tent worms, and mites are prevalent. Country Farms has a number of organic and chemical sprays to keep them under control.
Fill the empty spaces with fall blooming perennials and fall mums. We are restocking every couple of weeks. Give your plants, shrubs, and trees on last fertilization before September 15th. A fertilizer high in phosphorous encourages good root development and will help plants survive the winter.
After all of your September maintenance is done, please join us on Saturday, September 19th, for our annual Customer Appreciation Day. It will be filled with food, games, sales, and entertainment from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
See you then!