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  • Summer flowers abound!  Choose summer color to accent your garden or patio. Plant flowers such as cosmos, snapdragons, salvias, lisianthus, vinca rosea and zinnias.
  • Begin to grow plants that feed and attract local pollinators.
  • Feed vegetables, perennials, containers, and hanging baskets with a water-soluble fertilizer. We recommend E.B. Stone Fish Emulsion or Maxsea All Purpose Fertilizer. Avoid feeding during the heat of day.
  • Fertilize camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons with E.B. Stone Organics Azalea, Camellia and Gardenia Food. Always feed when soil is damp. Top dress with Azalea, Camellia and Gardenia Soil to conserve moisture.
  • Feed your shrubs and garden beds with E.B. Stone Organics All Purpose Food. Again, always feed when soil is damp.
  • Cut or pinch off spent flowers to promote more blooms. Finish pruning spring-flowering shrubs.
  • Spray small transplants and water thirsty plants with Wilt Stop to reduce drought stress.
  • Mulch garden beds with Sloat’s Forest Mulch Plus to protect the soil from summer heat, conserve moisture, and keep garden maintenance down.
  • Check shade shrubs for thrips. (Key symptom: silvering of leaves with black specks). Spray with Horticultural Oil or Organocide 3-in-1, as needed.
  • Though drought tolerant, many cactus and succulents appreciate some water, especially during hot weather. Full sun may be too strong for succulents, especially in inland locations.
  • Provide a water source for birds and thirsty bees, such as a bird bath.
  • Monitor whiteflies — use sticky traps, thin out dense branches for air circulation, and use earth worm castings to discourage them. Using a reflective mulch or strips of foil will help repel them.
  • Check fuchsias for fuchsia mite, if found, cut back 6” from infected site.
  • Utilize gopher baskets and cages to keep valuable plants safe. Repel moles and gophers with Bonide MoleMax. Remember, trapping is the permanent solution to gophers.
  • Set yellow jacket traps at the perimeter of yard (not near eating areas) to discourage yellow jackets from visiting.