Quick summer tips are in season

When geranium owers wither, pinch off the ower with your fingernail an inch or so below the blossom. A few days later, tug out the dried, brownish stem at the top. A replacement stem and ower will grow quickly because you pruned properly. Perk up flowering plants in containers or hanging baskets with an application of Greenlight’s Super Bloom once every two weeks. Prune achillea and delphinium back to 3 inches off the ground now to enjoy another burst of late- summer and early-fall owers. Give lawns about an inch of water a week if we get no rain. It is better to apply this all at once to encourage deeper roots in your lawn. Water in early morning so the grass blades dry quickly, reducing the chances of fungus. To measure the water you apply, cut the lid off an empty tuna can and place on the lawn. When the can is full, you have applied an inch of water. Those folks who have sandy soil, which drains very quickly, water twice a week, one inch each time. WEEK ONE • Japanese beetles are present and mating. Place traps at the corners of the property away from desirable plants (roses, grapevines, owering plums, and cherries). If you need to spray, we suggest using Bonide Yard & Garden Eight, or Beetle Killer. Both will kill on contact and provide about two...

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