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August 2021
Issue 149
Hello Great Gardeners,

We have not had enough rain, and the plants are feeling it. The limited rainfall we have had has been from thunderstorms, and most of that moisture runs off without penetrating to root systems. Many people have been sending in photos of trees and shrubs stressed from the weather. Even trees that have been planted many years are feeling the effects.

Summer is the most stressful time for landscape plants. Without enough moisture, plants can't function normally and are predisposed to damage by pests or diseases. Those most at risk are newly planted or transplanted plants without extensive root systems or other plants with underdeveloped or damaged root systems.

Signs of stress may not be so obvious, and once they are, it may be too late to rescue a plant suffering the effects of drought.
Here are a few things to avoid drought stress when the weather is hot, and water is limited.
  • Water Deeply & Slowly - Check out our watering tips on our website.
  • Limit pruning - pruning stimulates new growth.
  • Skip fertilizing (except starter fertilizer) - Fertilizer promotes fast growth. Fast growth means there is a need for more water. In addition, avoid applying synthetic fertilizers to drought-affected plants because excess fertilizer salts can accumulate in the soil if there isn't sufficient rainfall to leach them out, which can then burn the plant's roots. Our Organic Starter Fertilizer is designed to promote root growth and not top growth so that it can be safely used on new plants.
  • Add mulch - Spread 2-3 Inches of mulch in a ring around your plants. Be sure to keep the mulch away from the base of the trunk/stems of the plants. Your mulch ring should extend to the canopy of the plant.
  • Pull Weeds - Weeds compete with garden plants for water and nutrients. Less competition will help the plants have less stress so that they can grow better.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

Monarch Caterpillars Are On The Move
It is that time of the season. Many of you are seeing Monarch caterpillars munching happily on your Milkweed.

Considered the King of the butterflies, Monarch butterflies are one of the world's most beautiful and beloved insects.

Symbols of rebirth and transformation. They have been documented in many ancient texts as signs from guardian angels.

In Mexico, their presence has an even deeper meaning. Millions return to Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2, el Día de Los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — where tradition holds the monarchs are the returning spirits of loved ones who have died.
The monarch population has declined by approximately 90 percent since the 1990s due to habitat loss, climate change, and pesticide use.

One easy way to help them is by planting a pesticide-free monarch habitat garden filled with native milkweed and nectar plants.
 Butterfly Milkweed
(Host Plant)

(Asclepias tuberosa)

Fragrant orange flowers from mid to late summer.
Height: 18-24 Inches
Width: 18-24 Inches
Joe Pye Weed 'Baby Joe'
(Nectar Plant)

(Eupatorium 'Baby Joe')

A compact Joe Pye Weed with showy, mauve-purple, dome-shaped flower heads that bloom from late summer to early fall.
Provides spectacular late summer color and vertical interest to borders and naturalized areas. A wonderful addition to meadows, native gardens, and in stream margins.
Height: 3-4 Feet
Width: 2-3 Feet
Maple 'Brandywine'
(Roost Area)

Acer rubrum 'Brandywine'

Monarchs in northern states roost primarily in conifers and maple trees. Brandywine is a red maple with long-lasting, eye-catching fall color. Turns from green to red to brilliant red-purple.
Height: 25 Feet (12 years)
40 Feet
Width: 12 Feet (12 years)
30 Feet
Drought Tolerant Perennials
Perennials listed below are considered drought tolerant once they have been established and developed a root system to support themselves in the ground.
Please Note: Even drought-tolerant plants do need water and will die if they get none.
Yarrow 'Desert Eve Yellow'

A compact, early-blooming, variety with lemon-yellow flowers held above ferny foliage.
Coneflower 'Artisan Collection Red Ombre'

The Artisan Collection offers highly branched, dense plants that flower uniformly for years. Deep, rich red flowers take on an antiqued orange coloring as they age for a stunning effect.
Lavender 'Sensational'

Lavender 'Sensational' has beautiful, showy, lavender purple flower spikes blooming above a mound of silvery foliage.
Norway Spruce
20% Off
3/4' B&B Regular $94
4/5' B&B Regular $139
Direct Sow These Fall Crops
It is time to seed these fall crops into the ground.

Damaged By Light Frost:
Bush Beans:
Mid July - Mid August
Summer Squash: Mid July - Early August

Withstand Light Frost:
Beets: Mid July - Mid August
Carrots: Early July - Early August
Lettuce (Leaf): July - Late August
Swiss Chard: Mid July - Mid August
Cilantro: Mid July - Late August

Tolerate Hard Frost:
Kale: Early July - Early August
Kohlrabi: Mid July - Mid August
Mustard Greens: Mid July - Mid August
Radish: July - Mid September
Snow Peas: Late July - Early August
Spinach: All August
Turnips: Early July - Mid August
Wilson's Garden Center
10923 Lambs Ln.
Newark, Ohio. 43055

740-763-2874 (Fax)

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Sunday - Thursday:
8 am - 5 pm
Friday & Saturday:
8 am - 6 pm
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