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Perennial Care for Late June & Early July 

Continue evaluating your garden.  You can keep planting if you have time and space.  During hot dry spells, pay extra attention to newly added plants.  Perennials need on average about an inch of water per week.  If you don’t have the time to keep up with the watering, consider mulching your beds.  Spreading mulch, being careful not to bury any plants, will help to retain moisture longer.   Prune back spring flowering plants such as bleeding hearts, to ground level.  Old stems of leggy plants such as delphiniums can be cut back to the fresh growth at the base of the plant.  This encourages new growth and prolongs flowering.  Stop pinching back asters, mums or other fall blooming plants this month.

 

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LAWN TIPS 

Begin watering your lawn as needed for the summer. Or alternatively, do not water and allow the lawn to go dormant (i.e., turn brown) if natural rains are insufficient. It will brown, but comes back when it rains. However, keep in mind, that dry conditions for your lawn may invite hardy weeds to grow.

Early in July (e.g., around Independence Day), fertilize with a controlled-release or slow-release fertilizer.  For grass growing in the sun, use the label rate of the fertilizer that you have selected.  For grass growing in the shade, apply half of the label rate.  If your lawn has been consistently fertilized for 10 to 15 years, if you leave clippings on your lawn when you mow, or if your lawn has gone dormant, skip this application. 

Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

 

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June Lawn & Garden Tips for Southeast Wisconsin

Perennials

The use of perennial beds has grown in popularity over the years as well as the quest for year-round color and interest.  Proper planning and maintenance can help achieve just that.  When creating a perennial bed or adding plants to an existing one, select the style that fits your landscape and interests.  Here are a few ideas to make maintenance easier:

  • Select and plant the right perennial for your growing conditions.
  • Start small and expand your garden as time allows. Perennial beds do require some upkeep, so if you don’t have much time it’s better to start off smaller than be overwhelmed with weeds.
  • Consider using fewer species but planting more of each variety. An overcrowded bed quickly becomes a lot of work.
  • Plan for year-round interest. Choose plants that bloom at different times during the season.   Don’t be afraid to use annuals for early spring blooms or for filling in gaps.
  • Include plants that will not only provide winter interest, but also food for the wildlife such as ornamental grasses, rudbeckias, coneflowers and other seed pod plants.
  • Consider adding foliage plants that have fall color like coral bells, sedums and evening primrose

June Tips:

Cool wet springs mean lots of diseases.  Remove spotted, blotchy, or discolored leaves as soon as they are found.  Watch for leaf-hoppers, aphids, mites and spittle bugs.  These insects all suck out plant juices causing leaves to yellow, brown and die.  Check for signs of wildlife.  Deer and rabbits love certain perennials and will need to apply repellents or noise makers to deter them from destruction.  Remove weeds as soon as they appear.  If your plants need a little nutrition boost, consider using fertilizer or top dress beds every two to four years by spreading a good compost into the soil. 

As plants begin to flower and fade, deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings, prolong bloom, and improve the overall appearance of the garden.  Tall or top-heavy plants such as peonies, will need to have cages or stakes for support.  It is easier to address those issues before they get to that point.    To prevent fall plants such as asters and mums from getting to big, or flowering to early pinch back the tops.

Be sure to check our In the Spotlight for more ideas of plants, shrubs, flowers to beautify your home! 

Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

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Wisconsin September Gardening Tips

Fall … a Good time to Plant!

Come autumn, many of us gardeners are tired and worn out, and welcome winter’s respite from watering and weeding. But experience nags us to plan ahead for something to welcome the coming spring with perky flowers that save us from the winter blues sure to come.

It’s easy enough to push a few early-blooming bulbs into the ground or in pots on the patio. Nothing soothes cabin fever like crocus and snowdrops peeping through the snow, a cheery potful of tulips, a tucked-in clump of Scilla, or a drift of muscari and daffodils. Even a vase of fragrant paperwhites forced in gravel and water on the kitchen counter can get our juices going again.

And of course there are some great cold-weather annuals, from faithful pansies, violas and wall flowers, to the intensely colorful foliage and spring flower spikes of kale. In a pinch, these can be reliable in themselves, or used to fill gaps between newly planted perennials which may not be as full the first season. 

But to get the most bang for your efforts, choose and plant hardy, long-lived spring-blooming perennials to get a head start and something to look forward to for years without the annual fuss of replanting. 

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Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

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August Tips for Wisconsin Gardeners!

Savor Summer Color in the Midwest 
August Garden Tips

Stock your patio and garden with plants that continue to flower as the temperature soars.

  • Annuals: Heat-lovers include verbena, Diamond Frost Euphorbia, Portulaca, and zinnia.
  • Tropicals: Mandevilla, brugmansia, hibiscus, and glory bower thrive on heat. In containers, increase flower number by feeding plants liquid bloom-booster fertilizer every 10-14 days.
  • Perennials: Black-eyed susan, coneflower, Shasta daisy, and bee balm all stage a stunning summer show.
  • Test Garden Tip: Deadheading is the process of removing faded flowers. This action encourages the formation of future blooms.
  • Container plantings can need watering as often as twice a day in hot, windy weather.

Mulch Matters — You may need to replenish mulches, especially those that break down quickly, such as straw or grass clippings. Mulches should be 1-3 inches.

Whack Your Weeds — Time weeding for after a good rain. Weeds come out easier and with more of the root.

Deadheading 101 — Keep deadheading! For the most flowers and tidiest garden, deadhead daily. Deadheading 101

  • Keep an eye out for aphids and spider mites. Treat with insecticidal soap. Spider mites, which also thrive in dry weather, can be treated with pyrethrums, an extract from mums.

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Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

 

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July Tips for Wisconsin Gardeners

July – Perennial Garden Ideas

By Steven A. Frowine, The National Gardening Association

Perennials return each year to provide splashes of color and texture to garden beds and borders. Here are some basic garden layout tips and techniques used by professional garden designers that you can easily apply in your own garden.

The most common way to display perennials is together, in a large flowerbed or, space permitting, a long border of either meandering form or with firm boundaries. These methods of growing perennials are purely practical: You can prepare the soil, plant them together, and care for them.

  • Plan to be in scale: Some sense of proportion between your home, garage, and/or shed (whatever’s nearest to the proposed perennial garden) is key. A big house, for instance, does best with wider beds and taller plants; a smaller one is better served by a series of smaller beds and lower-growing plants.

  • Match garden style with structures: A casual bungalow, cottage, or one-level home likes an informal perennial garden, with wavy-edged boundaries; a larger or more imposing home, or one with strong architectural elements and lines, needs a more formal, straighter-edged approach.

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May Gardening Tips for Wisconsin Gardeners

Keep Perennials Healthy by Dividing

May brings May flowers and everything else green and growing.

However, no matter how warm gets now, early May is still too soon to plant most annual flowers such as impatiens, begonias, coleus, marigolds and so on. Most perennials, on the other hand, can be planted immediately. And it may be a good time to divide your perennials too.

Early spring is an ideal time to divide summer- and fall-flowering perennials. Try to tackle the task before plants reach 6 inches tall. Don’t forget to water newly transplanted divisions.

Not sure if you need to divide? Ask yourself these questions:

1) Are clumps too big and crowding other plants?

2) Has flowering been reduced during the last growing season(s)?

3) Does new growth ring a dead spot in the middle?

4) Do you want more starts of that perennial?

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