COLUMN: Tips for guarding your garden from pesky pests

COLUMN: Suggestions 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 youth 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 totally different gardens.
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In July, gardeners might want to regulate their rising crops, flowers, and greens to guard them towards pests and help development. 

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 crops. Handpicking and squeezing,
  • mixed with a beetle entice, are probably the most environment friendly option to restrict these ravaging critters. Fortunately, the little crimson devils don’t eat Day Lilies (Hemerocallis).
  • Look ahead to earwigs and Gypsy moth caterpillars. Spray crops 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. Perhaps the ants didn’t learn the directions to take it again to their nest.
  • Trim evergreens, cedar hedges, and so forth., now as wanted, not later in the summertime.
  • Stake straggly annuals and perennials, or pinch them again to advertise new development and make them bushy.
  • Increase garden mower blades for summer time mowing. Grass ought to be a minimum of 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, When you actually wish to be choosy, take away particular person spent lilac blooms.
  • Water flower beds deeply and take a look at a second spherical of weeding. Add mulch once more to maintain the weeds at bay.
  • Mulch your tomato crops. When a ripe tomato drops, it gained’t break up or get muddy. Mulch holds moisture too!
  • Skinny, hoe, weed and water greens as required. (This is the reason I follow flowers.)
  • Water lawns and beds as deeply as you may. We have had a reasonably moist spring, however the sizzling summer time day will dry out your garden quick.
  • Deal with weeds now earlier than they go to seed. Save your self from weeding their offspring subsequent 12 months.
  • Stake tall perennials which may be weakened by too-rapid development.
  • Flip compost repeatedly and test the moisture degree – not too moist, not too dry,- like Goldilocks, good.

An enormous 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 crops. Because of the various 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 might be served on the deck.

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