Garden Grove Nursery Manager,
General Caretaker, Nursery Plant Guru
|Biology & Horticulture, Graduated Lenoir Rhyne College
Experienced in landscape and grounds
maintenance work and working in retail nursery.
Certified and experienced in ornamental/
turf pest management.
|With 'Luther' for MAY / JUNE
|16008 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078 ~ Ph: 704.875.1802
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|Garden Grove Hours: MON-SAT 9-5,
Closed on Sunday
The initial spring rush is beginning to fade but don’t relax too much. As warmer
days arrive, a gardener’s work seems to increase daily as plants grow and bugs
and weeds begin to invade.
• How to promote brown patch by mid-summer! Fertilize heavily for rapid and
continued growth in hot weather and don’t forget to water frequently, especially
in the late evening. By mid-summer, brown patch should be rampant and you
will need to resort to costly fungicides to control it. : )
Perhaps a better approach is to accept the notion that fescue is a cool season
grass and actually needs a rest in hot weather. Water no more than twice a week
but water well.
• Provide micronutrients i.e., ‘Ironite’ to maintain vigor but not excess nitrogen
for rapid growth.
• Control weeds as desired for a neat appearance. There are chemicals available
to control broadleaf weeds, Bermuda grass, crabgrass and nut grass. Ask us for
advice as the approach you should take varies tremendously.
• Inspect crape myrtles for infestations of aphids that can lead to a case of
“sooty mold” later in summer. If you observe sappy and sticky leaves, aphids are
already hard at work!
• Other plants to observe for aphid damage are roses and river birch.
• Spray Alberta Spruces for spider mites. They almost always are infected in hot
• Check dogwoods for signs of powdery mildew. This is very common in warm,
humid weather. It can be controlled with a fungicide application.
• Prepare for an attack by Japanese beetles. Favorite dining for them are roses
and crape myrtles. Carbaryl (also known as Sevin) is still available for treating
plants under siege.
• Check euonymus for the infamous “Euonymus Scale”. If you grow euonymus,
it will eventually be attacked and the result is devastating if left unchecked for
• Check conifers for bagworms. A few “innocent looking” bags this year can lead
to serious defoliation next year as those few become hundreds.
• After azaleas finish blooming, they may be pruned and fertilized.
• Dead head most blooming plants to encourage a longer blooming period.
• Add new plants for summer color.
Perennials: Daylilies, Black Eyed Susan’s, Coneflowers, Firewitch
Dianthus, Ice Plant, Hosta’s.
Annuals: Marigolds, Petunias, Impatiens, African Daisy, Begonias.
Shrubs: Roses, Abelias, Gardenias, Encore Azaleas, Hydrangeas, Rose of
Trees: Magnolias, Crape Myrtles
Until We Meet Again...