Luther Beaver
Garden Grove Nursery Manager,
General Caretaker, Nursery Plant Guru
& 'Know-It-All'
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.
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With 'Luther' for  MAY / JUNE
16008 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078  ~  Ph: 704.875.1802
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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
several seasons.

•   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
Sharon, Vitex
Trees:        Magnolias, Crape Myrtles

                                      Until We Meet Again...