COLUMN: Tips for guarding your garden from pesky pests

COLUMN: Ideas for guarding your garden from pesky pests

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Grasp Gardener John Hethrington delivers his month-to-month marching orders to your gardening to-do lists

John Hethrington has been gardening because the age of 9. He spent his adolescence gardening in Toronto and earned his certification as a Grasp Gardener earlier than shifting to Meaford the place he cultivates 2.5 acres with 20 completely different gardens.
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In July, gardeners might want to control their rising vegetation, flowers, and greens to guard them towards pests and help progress. 

The next checklist of tips ought to assist your gardens flourish this summer time:

  • Look ahead to the Japanese beetle in your Asiatic Lilies, Roses, Rose of Sharon, Dahlias, Hollyhocks, and quite a few different vegetation. Handpicking and squeezing,
  • mixed with a beetle entice, are probably the most environment friendly strategy to restrict these ravaging critters. Fortunately, the little pink devils don’t eat Day Lilies (Hemerocallis).
  • Look ahead to earwigs and Gypsy moth caterpillars. Spray vegetation with a 40:1 combination of water and dish cleaning soap.
  • Ants are additionally an issue. The ant powder doesn’t appear to work for me. Possibly the ants didn’t learn the directions to take it again to their nest.
  • Trim evergreens, cedar hedges, and so on., now as wanted, not later in the summertime.
  • Stake straggly annuals and perennials, or pinch them again to advertise new progress and make them bushy.
  • Elevate garden mower blades for summer time mowing. Grass must be at the very least 5 – 7.5 cm (2 to three inches) excessive to remain wholesome and weed-free.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs like Forsythia and Spirea after blooming, Should you actually wish to be choosy, take away particular person spent lilac blooms.
  • Water flower beds deeply and check out a second spherical of weeding. Add mulch once more to maintain the weeds at bay.
  • Mulch your tomato vegetation. When a ripe tomato drops, it gained’t cut up or get muddy. Mulch holds moisture too!
  • Skinny, hoe, weed and water greens as required. (This is the reason I keep on with flowers.)
  • Water lawns and beds as deeply as you’ll be able to. We have had a reasonably moist spring, however the sizzling summer time day will dry out your garden quick.
  • Sort out weeds now earlier than they go to seed. Save your self from weeding their offspring subsequent yr.
  • Stake tall perennials which may be weakened by too-rapid progress.
  • Flip compost repeatedly and examine the moisture degree – not too moist, not too dry,- like Goldilocks, good.

A giant thanks to everybody who turned out for our Large Plant Sale at St. George’s, the Anglican Parish for the Blue Mountains, in Clarksburg. You
purchased over 1,000 donated vegetation. Due to the numerous plant donors too.

Come to the Frog Hole Backyard Tour of my many various gardens on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain Day, Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Proceeds will go to St. George’s, the Anglican Parish of the Blue Mountains.

Pre-purchase your $20 timed entry tickets on-line atwww.froghollowgardentour.ca to see our 2.5-acre Frog Hole Gardens. It’s a protected, self-guided tour, with an in depth map and descriptions of the gardens. Refreshments shall be served on the deck.

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