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Sam Says – February

Cut ornamental perennial grasses back to between two and four inches from the ground. DO NOT prune the evergreen varieties. Simply comb any brown or broken leaves out with your hand. Be sure to wear gloves as some varieties have seriated leaf edges.  Divide Rhubarb...

Sam Says – January

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. Don’t forget to keep plants under eaves well-watered. Winter damage on trees and...

Sam Says – November

As soon as frost has killed the foliage on your Dahlias, you can dig them up. Trim the stems off at about six inches and wash the soil off. Once they have dried store the tubers in boxes of peat moss, sawdust, wood shavings or shredded newspaper. Store them in a place...

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 bushes....

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...