August Newsletter 2020

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August is a great time to start planning for the fall planting and maybe even get a jump on the fall planting season. Looks like we will be in for some nice weather for a couple of weeks starting this week. Remember that fall is the best time for planting trees and shrubs. Especially trees.

The ground is a bit hard after the summer but if you start a hole and soak it, and then dig a little more and soak it, pretty soon the hole you need for the tree or shrub is done and it is a fairly painless way to dig a hole. It’s worth the effort to get things planted in the fall. Note the diagram describing the advantages of fall planting.

Watering and Mulching

Continue to water established plants deeply for the balance of the summer and into fall. Check the mulch you added at the beginning of the summer, and if it is getting thin, add more to keep the moisture you are applying, in the ground.

Late Summer & Fall Planting

We have a very large selection of trees and shrubs for fall planting in stock as always. If you want to get a jump start and plant now, just be sure to keep the plant moist for the rest of the summer and into the fall. Water it once a day after you plant for the first week and then every two to three days for the balance of the season and it will do well.

Fall Fertilizing

Fall fertilizing should be done in September. The weather will be cooler and the days shorter so even when we get some warm days the heat does not last as long. This is the time for fall fertilizing. Trees and shrubs will benefit from a balanced fertilizer. Citrus should be fertilized with a citrus ferilizer.
When fertilizing, water the plant the day before very well. Then fertilize the following day and water in well. Never fertilize a dry plant. It will burn it and can possibly kill it.

Grass Seed

Grass seed for lawns or pasture or overseeding should be done in late August or September. Get it planted while it is still warm but not baking hot. The seed will germinate quickly and it will need to be kept moist while it gets established. Don’t wait too late in the season or it won’t get well enough established before the winter and may have a tough time getting through the winter. I’m ordering new stock of grass seed which should be in next week, so we will have a good supply for all planting needs.

Winter Vegetables

We will start getting winter vegetables and winter annuals in September. Watch the weather. If it’s too warm it will cause them to bolt. But get them in early in the fall so that they get developed and start producing for you before it gets cold.

Special Orders

If you would like us to special order items for you that we may not have in stock, we can do that.We can usually have it within a week, sometimes two. We do need payment in advance on all special orders.

Bare Root Fruit Trees

I have my confirmation and will start getting our bare root price list for January 2021 together. Hopefully I will have it done in a couple of weeks. As soon as it is ready, I will send out an email and those who are interested can request one.

Used Pots

We are happy to take back used pots. We can re-use them for lots of the planting we do here.

August Specials

Crape Myrtle multi trunk –

  • 1 gallon $6.95
  • 5 gallon $19.50

Lavender, Assorted Varieties

  • 1 gallon $6.95
  • 5 gallon $19.50

Lantana, Assorted Varieties

  • 1 gallon $4.95

Gaura, Pink or White

  • 1 gallon $4.95

The weather this summer has been pretty seasonal. It has gotten to 100 degrees quite a few days in July but stopping there. Only 2 or 3 well over 100 degree days. And lots of mid 90’s and cool mornings. The overall temperatures will be getting even cooler soon.The hottest part of the summer is very close to behind us. Start getting ready to plant for fall now.

We hope to see you soon.
Jeff