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17414 Bothell Everett Hwy • Mill Creek, WA 98012


SUMMER HOURS: Mon-Fri: 9 to 7 • Sat: 9 to 6 • Sun: 10 to 5

POST OFFICE HOURS: Mon-Fri: 9-5 • Sat: 9 to noon • Sun: Closed

MAKE A NOTE! No Kid’s Club in August. Join us again September 12, 2015

july garden tips


As the days get hotter watch (and increase) watering, especially for containers and hanging plants. Remember with all watering, that deep, thorough watering is still more important than frequency.


Many vines look their best in summer including star jasmine, honeysuckle, climbing hydrangea, and passionflower. Regularly trim your established vines to keep them tidy and on their support structures. This can mean removal of some vines if a congested vine needs thinning or it can mean snipping off new growth for vines that are getting too long. For newer vines that are not yet grown in, regular doses of fertilizer can speed the process somewhat. Watch for powdery mildew on akebia and honeysuckle vines, especially if they are somewhat shaded.

Perennials and Annuals

Most summer blooming annuals are in full swing by now and they should be looking great. Dead head expired blooms to encourage more flowers. Most annuals should be fertilized regularly to keep them growing and blooming and you can always add more throughout the season, we will have plenty.

Many perennials put on their best show in July and August. This includes lilies, coreopsis, coneflower, goldenrod, shasta daisies, hardy geraniums, many salvias, and scabiosa. These are repeat bloomers and will keep going for a long while. Hollyhock, hibiscus, and lavateras also come into bloom.

Dahlias, delphiniums, crocosmia, and some other upright spike-style flowers will need some staking as they grow. It’s always best to add support while the plants are smaller. Recently planted annuals and perennials will probably need regular, even frequent watering. Be aware of plants surrounding trees and shrubs as they may have different watering requirements.  Adding mulch helps keeps plants cool and conserves water.


Most of your warm season fruiting crops should be already planted. This refers to tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumber and melons. If you have not done so, you can still plant short season crops such as cherry tomatoes and chili peppers from started plants. With our unusually warm weather, you can experiment with other varieties. Veggie starts are on sale and are fun to grow.

Lawn Care

Most of us are familiar with the basics of summer lawn care; mowing, watering regularly, and fighting those dandelions. Do not mow your grass low to the ground. This can stunt the grass while allowing more light to the weeds in amongst your lawn. Mowing at four inches high is generally a good starting point.

Watering is one inch per week, watering only once per week. This works great for established lawns, but newly rooting seed or sod may need more frequent applications. Regular applications of fertilizer and lime on a healthy lawn can help the lawn combat some weeds.

Trees and Shrubs

Hebe, rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus), Hydrangeas, and fragrant summersweet (Clethra spp.) start blooming and looking their best in the warm weather. Potentillas and Escallonia keep on blooming and crape myrtle (Lagerstromeia spp.) will be starting to flower now or in August. Evergreen Magnolias and Stewartias are warm season bloomers and should be getting started.

Your roses are in full bloom or re-growing after their first flush of flowers. This is now the time when black spot and powdery mildew fungi start moving in. Remove diseased leaves, do not water leaves, and apply fungicide regularly to keep problems to a minimum.


Strawberries and early raspberries and blueberries are becoming ripe. Slugs can be a problem with strawberries so slug baits can increase your harvest. Other fruits, primarily fruit trees, are well in the ripening phase and some fertilizer can help the plants along if you have not done so recently.


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