Garden Tips:

Remove old flower heads from annual bedding plants to keep them blooming. Wait to remove the foliage on your tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and any other spring flowering bulbs until they have gone fully yellow and will pull out easily from the ground. By doing so you are allowing the nutrients from the plant to go back into the bulb, giving strength to next years production.

You can safely continue planting in your vegetable and annual gardens.

Watch for black spot and powdery mildew on rose bushes. Spray them with Ortho Rose Pride to prevent these diseases from occurring. Avoid watering the leaves as this will cause the disease to spread more rapidly.

If you notice any aphids or other garden pests, be sure to stop in at Green Acre to find out the most effective elimination techniques and the organic alternatives.

Now is the time to prune any spring blooming shrubs once they have finished flowering. For proper pruning techniques, stop in at Green Acre.

Azaleas, rhododendrons and other evergreens benefit form an application of Espoma Hollytone. This will encourage new growth, enhance the green foliage and help set flower buds for next year.

Be on alert for snail or slug damage in your hosta garden. Leaves will have many holes, especially near the edges. Thin leafed varieties are more desirable to snails and slugs than thick, puckery-leafed varieties. Use Slug Magic at the first sign of damage. Although you cannot control the rain, you can help prevent a slug fest by watering only in the morning and only as needed.

Continue to fertilize your roses.

Give your flowers a boost with Miracle Gro Bloom Booster about 2 to 4 times a month. This will provide you with a bounty of flowers for the rest of the summer.

Birds love blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries as much as we do! Protect your berries with netting before they ripen and are eaten by the birds.

The soil should be warm enough now that you have been able to clean it up and plant. Consider applying a layer of mulch on your flower beds or around your trees. This will provide a blanket to help keep weeds at bay and will help to conserve moisture. Use Preen Weed Preventer as an extra barrier in keeping the weeds at bay.

Stake your annuals and vegetables before they get out of control.

It's not too late: Mid-May thru the end of June is the time for your second application of Turfline. Use Weed Killer plus Fertilizer. We highly recommend Turfline as it was formulated to fit the needs of this specific region.