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Sam Says – October

Cut back on watering Christmas cactus, Clivia and Epiphyllums to promote bud set. October is the time for planting spring-blooming bulbs and garlic. Try adding crushed oyster shell or chicken grit (available from farm feed stores) to the soil to help keep your bulbs...

Sam Says – September

Keep fallen fruit under trees picked up and disposed of to help reduce insect and disease problems next year. If infestations were severe, raking up fallen leaves as soon as they drop will also help prevent insects and disease. For garden areas not being used for...

Sam Says – August 2018

- Watch for powdery mildew on Dahlias, Squash, Grapes, Hollyhock, Sunflowers, Roses and other ornamentals. It’s a common plant disease caused by a fungus. It appears as grayish white powdery spots and patches on leaves and stems. Leaves eventually turn yellow and...

Sam Says – July 2018

Sam Says for July 2018   Remove the anthers from Asiatic lily flowers as soon as the flower opens. Doing so will keep the flowers In bloom longer. Be very careful not to get the brown pollen on you or your clothes, it will stain. Prune and add lime to lilac...

Sam Says – June

Time to fertilize your lawn again. Mid-June is one of the four times recommended by the WSU Agronomist for fertilizing lawns in Puget Sound. The other three times are mid-September, 25 November and the 1st of May. We recommend Dr. Earth Super Natural Lawn Food or...

Sam Says – May 2018

Sam Says for May 2018 - Keep your suet feeders filled. Many parenting birds will bring their young near the feeder to feed them. - Prune azaleas, rhododendrons, lilac, forsythia and other early blooming shrubs after they bloom. - This month is a good time to over seed...

Sam Says – April 2018

Sam Says for April 2018 - Both Washington State and National Arbor Day will be celebrated this month. Washington Arbor Day is Wednesday April 11th, and National Arbor Day is on Friday, April 27th. These are especially good days to plant a tree or a shrub if your...

Sam Says – March 2018

Sam Says for March 2018:  -Watch for new growth on perennials and bait for slugs, if necessary. - Orchard Mason Bees will be out this month. Make sure you have trees and shrubs in bloom and a shallow water source available to them. Your new, clean tubes should be in...

Sam Says – February 2018

Sam Says for February 2018 - Get ready to garden.  Start cool season crops from seed indoors this month (Arugula, Asparagus, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Chives, Lettuce, Onion, Parsley, Peppers and Tomatoes). - Summer flowering bulbs can be planted now and...

Sam Says – January 2018

Sam Says for January 2018 o  If it snows - especially heavy wet snow – prevent limb breakage by knocking snow off early.  Evergreen magnolias, pyramidal cedars, arborvitaes and sweet gum trees are most vulnerable. o  Prune off dead flower stems on Sedum Autumn Joy and...