Garden Tips for Spring thru Fall Planting
· Schedule an appointment for aeration to relieve soil compaction.
· Apply ENCAP Fast Acting Lime 30lbs covers 5,000 sq ft.
· Overseed fescue lawns with Top Choice Grass Seed at a rate of 5 pounds per 1000 square feet.
· Concentrate grass seed more heavily in bare or thin areas.
· Apply a good quality seed starter fertilizer such as Espoma Organic Lawn Food.
· Be sure to irrigate newly seeded lawns daily in the warm, dry weather of fall until seedlings have emerged and reached one-half inch in height.
Tree and Shrub Planting and Care Tips
Proper soil preparation is the most important first step to healthy, beautiful plants.
· Dig planting holes no deeper than the new plant's root system, but at least twice as wide. Be sure to break up existing clay soils well.
· When placing your plant in the hole, be sure to position it no deeper than it was growing in the pot.
· Backfill planting hole with a mixture of 2/3 native soil (clods broken up) and 1/3 Daddy Pete's Planting Mix.
· Water well to help settle the soil and get your new shrubs off to a healthy start.
One of the most frequent questions we get at King's is "How often do I water my new plants?". While there is no true formula to fit every situation, follow these tips:
· Check your plants daily for signs of drought stress such as wilting of tips and flowers or slightly more pale leaf or needle color.
· During the first warm seasons most new plants will need a deep watering two to three times a week.
· Try to check plants for drought stress early in the morning or early evening if possible. Even well watered plants may wilt in the heat of mid-day.
· In time watering needs will decrease as roots spread through well amended soil.
· Perennials usually have small root systems and may require more frequent watering to become established; again, soak the rootball area.
· Use caution to avoid constantly soggy, wet soils as these damage plant roots and contribute to fungal diseases that can kill your plants. Remember, you can always add water to a dry plant, but it is impossible to reverse the damage caused by over-watering.
Beware of the Rose Rosette Virus!
The disease is transmitted by an eriophyid wingless mite that can travel passively in the wind as well as on contaminated clothing and equipment. Small plants are usually killed in about 2 years, while a large plant may survive for five years in a deteriorated condition (Click here for more information regarding the Rose Rosette Virus).
We have discontinued the sale of Knock Out® Roses for this very reason.
If any problems arise or you have any questions about planting or care, be sure to call or drop by the garden center. We are happy to assist you!
Deer Browsing Facts
· Once animals are attracted to an area and begin feeding, it is more difficult to discourage them from returning.
· Scare tactics such as water sprays, and noise work only briefly because deer adapt quickly.
· What deer will eat varies from one area to another, and from one season to the next.
· Deer have not read your list of deer-proof plants.
· In times of drought, if you water it, deer will eat it. If they are hungry or thirsty enough, deer will eat anything; even woody stems!