May 2019 Newsletter
May is a month of celebrations! From Mother's Day on May 12th to the various college and high school graduations, make Garden Supply Company part of your gift giving and decorating destination!
Hanging baskets, flowering trees, tropical plants and rose bushes are available now. Perhaps mom would like a unique gift from our store, or if you are really stumped, a gift card is also a wonderful option.
Although summer does not officially start until June, in our area, summer feels like it has already been here for a while! If you haven't already started, it is time to plant bedding plants (think vinca, begonias, zinnia and hundreds of others) and all of those great vegetables in the garden. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and squash planted now will be ready for eating in a few months!
Please don't forget those containers, as the array of beautiful plants we carry are just waiting for new homes. We always have gardeners and designers available to help you "create" that masterpiece container for your porch, deck or backyard.
Happy Mother's Day and happy gardening!
Mosquito Garden plants
Keep those pesky mosquitoes away by creating a mosquito repellent garden box. Combine marigolds, citronella, catnip, basil and lemon balm into a beautiful container that can be placed right on your deck or back porch. Enjoy the sights and smells of your mosquito garden without swatting bugs!
Tropicals in North carolina
We may think North Carolina is a "tropic zone," BUT the true topics have one foot in the South Pacific and the other in the Equatorial rainforest. The tropics produce an incredible array of plants. Even if we don’t live in that hot, humid climate year round, (zones 9-11), you can create the essence of the tropics in your backyard by using a variety of tropical plants as annuals and adding hardy, perennial, tropical-looking plants that will survive in our zone.
Tropical-looking hardy plants include hardy bananas, fatsias, big-leaved hostas, aucuba, cannas, windmill palms, gingers, and agapanthus. Complete the look with tropical annuals (in our area) such as bougainvillea, mandevilla, hibiscus, elephant ears, and Ti plants.
may in the garden
Now is the time to apply grub killer to your lawn. Bonide Annual Grub Beater kills grubs all season long with one application.
Begin fertilization of warm season grasses.
To get a jump on brown patch and other diseases in your grass, apply Infuse-a systemic disease control for lawns and landscape during the month of May. This systemic fungicide can be used on both warm season and cool season lawns.
If you haven't applied your second round of fertilizer yet, it is still not too late to fertilize your trees and shrubs. Use an Acid loving fertilizer like Holly Tone for all of your azaleas, camellias, hydrangeas, gardenias, hollies, and junipers. For most other deciduous shrubs or trees, use Plant Tone. Remember to water the fertilizer in thoroughly after it is applied.
Don't forget to water your yard and garden, especially if we have sunny and dry weather. Most plants need one inch of water each week to perform well, and newly planted flowers, trees and shrubs will perish if their roots are allowed to dry out. Summer annuals may need to be watered more often.
Early flowering deciduous shrubs like forsythias, azaleas, some spireas and lilacs should be pruned back AFTER the blooms are spent. Cut back a third of the oldest canes to ground level, then cut the remaining branches by one third of their height. Feed these plants after their bloom with a good fertilizer like Start and Grow.
Remove the wilting seed heads from your rhododendrons and azaleas so that the plant's energy can focus on foliage growth and next year's flower growth.
Work lime in the soil around your Hydrangeas to produce PINK flowers or Aluminum Sulphate into the soil for BLUE blooms.
Keep your hybrid tea roses sprayed for aphids and other pests and use a fungicide for black spot on rose leaves. A good SYSTEMIC insecticide, miticide and fungicide, like Triple Action, applied now will help keep these pests in check.