Blog

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...

Sam Says – December 2017

Sam Says for December 2017 Don’t forget to spend your ValNur PLANT BUCKS before the Nursery closes on Sunday, December 24th, 2017. Don’t know about our customer rewards program? Give us a call at 360-779-3806. Remember the humming birds. Anna’s humming bird rarely...

Sam Says – November 2017

Tips for November: Apply Lime to your lawn. The Calcium in Dolomite Lime or Super Sweet is needed because in areas of high annual rainfall, calcium is leached from the soil. Apply Dolomite Lime at the rate of forty pounds per 1,000 square feet or Super Sweet at the...

October “Sam Says”

Sam Says for October 2017 Cover crops (green manure) can be planted in October and November. A mixture of vetch, clover and annual rye works really well. If you are not familiar with the benefits of a cover crop in your vegetable garden, give us a call. Or, you can...

September “Sam Says”

Sam Says for September 2017 Time to prune Wisteria again. Cut new long whippy stems back to leave 3 to 6 leaves on the stem at a point where the stem joins a main trunk or limb. If your Wisteria hasn’t bloomed well, try feeding the plant in addition to pruning. Use...