The year started off with a record dry spell unfortunately, so watering wisely will be crucial this spring and summer. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a few April showers to give the ground a good soaking as we head into our dry season. Enjoy the longer daylight hours in your garden this month to realize a beautiful summer bounty.
Watering: Water during morning or evening only. Doing so reduces the amount of water lost to evaporation. Watering early in the day is preferable because wet foliage from evening watering makes plants susceptible to fungal diseases. Use a nozzle hose faucet, a water timer and the proper sprinkler and only water what needs to be watered by controlling the coverage area.
Soaker Hose: Consider a small investment in a soaker hose that allows moisture to seep through its walls. It can be woven through a garden, providing water directly onto the soil, soaking the roots. This also prevents soil erosion and puddling and uses up to 70% less water. Our garden centers stock a variety of soaker hoses, such as the Soaker Pro Hose, ideal for trees and shrubs. (Sku 7300627, $16.99)
Mulch: Place mulch or bark around trees, shrubs and plants. Mulch slows evaporation, reducing plants’ water needs. Mulch or bark can add some curb appeal to the landscaping in the front of your home too. (Mulch: Sku 75958, $6.99; Bark: Sku 7094212, $7.99)
Roses: Start a preventative program of spraying your roses to prevent diseases like powdery mildew and rust. Use a rose defense spray, such as Earth-tone®3n1 Disease Control, as an organic alternative to chemical pesticides. Spray every 10-14 days. (Sku 7272156, $8.99)
Annuals and Perennials: Plant warm season annuals including marigolds, zinnias, lobelia, and border dahlias. Shasta daisies, dianthus, delphiniums, and other perennials can be planted now.
Vegetables: When planning your summer vegetable garden, remember that leafy vegetables need at least six hours of sunlight to develop fully. Fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, and eggplant require 10 hours of sunlight.
Snails and slugs: Continue to watch out for snails and slugs and use Sluggo® Plus to rid your garden of these pests. (Sku 7214661, $14.99)
Raised garden: Create a garden space practically anywhere with a cedar raised garden kit. The 4-foot by 4-foot raised garden kit assembles quickly by simply sliding the boards into each corner post. Made of natural North American cedar, the kit secures easily with screws (included) and is expandable and stackable with additional kits. Available at our Cole Street, Mission Street, and Polk Street locations. (Sku 7305907, HOT DEAL $29.99 Regular price $40.99)
Black Gold®: This rich, loamy mix of natural and organic potting soil is a premium choice for all-purpose gardening applications. It is ideal for flowers, vegetables and hanging baskets. The 100% organic base consists of screened earthworm castings, Canadian sphagnum peat moss, compost, and forest humus. Perlite and/or pumice are added to ensure optimum aeration. Available in assorted sizes. (4 quarts: Sku 700233, $4.49; 8 quarts: Sku 7312309, $7.99; 16 quarts: Sku 7264948, $8.99; 1.5 cubic feet: Sku 7265002, $14.99)
See you in the garden!