Thursday, August 20, 2015
Posted By: in Gardening

As we move into the lazy hazy days of August I can’t help thinking that I haven’t even scratched the surface of my own summer to-do list. Aaack... I not only have people and places that I haven’t had a chance to visit yet but I have painting, editing and sorting that I haven’t even put a small dent in.

So much for the lazy part, though I have had my eye on one of those hammock chairs…I tried one out and it is just perfect for reading…which is just one more thing I haven’t had a chance to do much of this summer. Actually when you think of it…those are not too terribly bad as far as problems go eh? Here is YOUR list… I’ve got my own.

Summer Lawns

Lawns

At stage 3 water restrictions there is not much to do. But there are a few more things that you want to try to avoid if you can, like heavy traffic, compacting, fertilizing and or spraying chemicals on your dormant lawn. If you really miss the green, you can buy a non-toxic green lawn spray paint. You can also use "gray-water". Think lightly used bathtub water or cleanish-water after the dishes. However, stay away from using heavily contaminated or soaped-up water in your lawn or plants.

Trees and Shrubs

You can still hand water trees and shrubs. Now is also a good time to do a little bit of thinning on fruit trees, Japanese Maples and Birch Trees if needed, as well as vines, of course. Remember to use proper pruning techniques and to remove branches no bigger than your thumb in thickness. Also follow the never more than 1/3 of the tree rule though I would adjust that to ¼ of the tree or shrub at this time for summer pruning.

Summer Pruning

Remember you do summer pruning to slow the growth of your tree or shrub while winter pruning invigorates growth. So if you have a young tree that you want to encourage growth, do not prune at this time. If you have an old fruit tree, vine or Japanese maple that you want to slow the growth of and thin them out a bit, then now is a pretty good time to do a light prune. Remember…the right tool for the right job…no hacksaws…don’t make me come over there…you know who you are.

Veggie Gardens

Veggie and Flower Gardens

You are still allowed to hand water at this time. With your veggies, you are in harvest mode and with flower gardens you are in deadhead mode. You can add mulch to keep the moisture in the ground. The brighter side is that weeding stays weeded for the most part!! There are some winter crops that you can begin planting right now such as kale, pac choi, carrots and other worthwhile goodies, provided you can keep up with the hand watering.

Summer Hanging Baskets

Hanging Baskets

During the really long hot stretches consider moving them to slightly shadier positions and preferably grouping them. Once a week you might also want to sit them in a tray of water. Clipping back, deadheading and fertilizing will keep them looking healthy. I have actually changed from having the high up hanging baskets to having a lower hanger where I look down on my lovely planters rather than having them hanging on either side of the garage! Continue to feed as required. When a hanging basket stops flowering, it usually means it ran out of food!

water bowls

Wildlife

Keep our feathered and 4 footed friends in mind at this time. I have a couple of water bowls as well as birdbaths out for the birds and one out front for the other evening critters like the raccoons and the skunk down the road that I top up each day and they do get used!! Pools and ponds are drying up and an increasing number of urban wild critters are getting flattened on the roads as they are forced to travel farther distances to get to water sources.

You might want to put out an extra hummingbird feeder or two as well as many of the flower nectar sources are having a very compressed season of bloom.

Hummingbird Feeders

Bears might be coming down out of the mountains earlier than usual and please do help to keep them alive by securing your garbage and compost bins…that might even mean bringing them in to the garage. You can try to cut down on the compost bin smell by sprinkling with a layer of pine shavings every now and again as I have them handy for the 2 chinchillas I inherited the bales are pretty cheap and you can get them from your local feed store. It’s not perfect but it does help a bit. I know some folks use shredded paper but that helps more with the smaller kitchen catchers.

Between this list and your OWN summer to-do list you should have enough on your plate. Remember to take time to smell the roses…literally and take a moment, even if it’s just one where you can be quiet and still and just breathe in the summer because it will not be here for long and you will need to keep a little bit of it in your heart for those long dark November days.

Alright I know… lighten up, but I just went to Costco where they already have puffy jackets, Christmas lights and more ... I was feeling a bit glum and now I am trying not to make eye contact with the Costco-sized jar of Nutella… uh oh.

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle is a certified horticulturalist and Landscape designer. She is currently an up and coming apple guru, growing over 120 cultivars which explains her passion for edible garden design. Laurelle works part time for Art’s Nursery. You can also interact with her through Art’s monthly newsletter, our blog and our gardening channel on YouTube.


Sponsored Advertisement

Recent Posts

Thursday, March 19, 2020
What are the first steps to growing a healthy lawn?

Lawn care, a tricky gardening skill that seems to be an ongoing learning journey for many. There are...

Monday, March 9, 2020
Are Hellebores right for my garden?

Some gardeners consider Hellebores to be one of the most reliable perennials that you can plant in y...

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Scott’s Grub BGon

Does your lawn look like a war zone? Art’s Nursery has a natural answer to the European Chafer and J...

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Planting Perennial Bulbs and Bareroots for the summer!

Spring is on its way and this is a very exciting time, especially for gardeners who have been itchin...

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Valentine’s Day at Arts Nursery!

Valentine’s Day is such a wonderful time to show those you love a little extra love, whether it be a...

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Growing Your Own Microgreens

Microgreens, otherwise known as the babies of the plant world, make growing your own veggies easy fo...

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Hummingbirds in the Winter

Springtime is just around the corner, and for many of us, that means the return of flowers, animals,...

Monday, January 20, 2020
Plants for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just around the corner, and Arts Nursery is excited to bring in some cool plants and pieces in order to help you celebrate.


Tag Cloud

Lawn Lime Lawn care Lime your Lawn spring lawn care preparing your lawn for spring lawn care tipsHellebores growing hellebores unique blooms shade perennials winter blooms care for hellebores choosing hellebores reliable perennialsScott's Grub BGonb Japanese beetle European chafer grubsinsecticide broad spectrum grubPlanting Perennial bulbs Bareroots Lilies Crocosmia Peony Hosta spring bulbs garden bulbs what are bareroots buying plant bulbsValentines day cut flowers bouquets tulips orchids succulent planters flowers of love classic valentines day flowers roses valentines gifts pink roses yellow roses orange roses red rosesMicrogreens Growing Microgreens Microgreen nutrients Health and Microgreens Shelf life of Microgreens Soiless Microgreens baby veggiesHummingbirds hummingbirds in the winter hummingbird food hummingbird feeding hummingbird careChinese New Year Lunar New Year Plants Plants for Chinese New Year Lucky Bamboo Lucky Bamboo meaning Calamondin Orange Bamboo Plant ZZ Plant Fortune Plant citrus citrus plantswinter hardiness winter protection plant hardiness mulch crop cover protecting tender plants hardiness zonesforcing paper white bulbs indoor bulbs growing daffodils indoors paperwhite narcissus winter bulbs bulbs flower bulbs indoor flower bulbsIndoor plants house plants tropicals easy care low maintenance tollerant low light snake plant pothos philodendron cactus plantsferns tropical ferns tree ferns brazilian tree fern tasmanian tree fern blechnul golden zebra fern heart fern birds nest fern staghorn fern licorice fern fronds indoor ferns tender ferns rare ferns unusual fernspollinators gardening september fall equinox autumn bees butterflies hummingbird pacific northwest bc british columbia lower mainland surrey langley vancouver mountains fall bulbs planting shop local colchicum fox tail lily crocus waterlily crocusmagnolia grandiflora teddy bear magnolia flowers trees blooming summer albizia pink bloomsgarlic broth garlic broth recipes vegan vege vegetarian soup grow your own baking cooking potato brothtomatoes august garden potatoes dill dill stalks recipe borscht sour cream beets golden beetsMacrophylla hydrangeas shrubs deciduous new varieties shady spring flowering canada narcissus daffodils tulipa hyacinth muscari grape hyacinth iris foxtail lily camas lilyfruit fool blog fruit peaches nectarines stone fruit family whipped cream sugar local produce local

Blog Roll

Other interesting gardening blogs that we follow include:

Blog RSS Feed

Keep in touch by subscribing to our RSS/Atom News Feeds


Art's Nursery Ltd.

8940 192nd Street,
Surrey, BC, Canada,
V4N 3W8

Tel: (604) 882-1201
Fax: (604) 882-5969
Email: info@artsnursery.com
Hours:Hours of Operation
Map:Map & Directions
Contact:Contact Us

Art's Nursery is dog friendly

Subscribe to Our E-Newsletter

Copyright (c) 2020 Art's Nursery Ltd.  | 8940 192nd Street, Surrey, BC, Canada, V4N 3W8  | tel: 604.882.1201  | SiteMap  | Privacy Statement |