August – The “Dog Days of Summer”
August is typically hot, humid and dry. If you feel wilted, so do your plants. Now is the time to give them a little extra care to keep them healthy and happy until the first frost.
All annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees need an inch of water each week. If Mother Nature doesn’t provide it, water deeply, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, so the leaves dry before dark to prevent disease problems. Never water between 11am and 3:30pm. The water will boil on the leaves, causing burning and evaporate out of the soil before the plants can absorb it.
Trim spent blooms, dead branches and any unhealthy plants parts. If you didn’t fertilize in June, do it now. If you see evidence of insect or disease problems, bring a sample in a SEALED Ziploc bag. Country Farms carries a wide variety of organic and chemical insecticides, fungicides and fertilizers for all of your plant needs.
If your gardens need an August refresh, come see us. We are bringing in a fresh supply of shrubbery and blooming perennials.
We are looking forward to seeing you!