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Pike Nurseries: What the rain means for your garden

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Pike Nurseries' GGIA professional, Melodie McDanal, is here with some helpful tips on what you can do in your garden with all of the recent rain.

Fertilizing
 - The rain leaches nutrients from the soil, which means it's more important now than ever to fertilize
  -- This is especially true in hanging baskets, window boxes and container gardens
 - Every fertilizer lists three numbers on the package that represent the percentage of a certain ingredient
  -- Number 1: Nitrogen
Produces lush, tender, green leaves (or grass blades)
Deficiency results in a yellow-green color (chlorosis) and little or no growth
  -- Number 2: Phosphorous
Stimulates root growth
Promotes development of flowers, fruits and seeds
  -- Number 3: Potassium
Gives vigor to tolerate changing weather conditions
Helps resist disease
Deficiency can cause week stems and slow growth
  -- An easy way to remember this is: Up, Down & All Around

Here are a few examples of which fertilizers are best for various types of plants
  -- New Plantings
E.B. Stone Sure Start 4-6-2
 - Promotes healthy roots and new growth
  -- Flowering Plants
Superbloom 12-55-6
 - The high phosphorous will promote blooms
  -- Container Gardens
Osmocote 19-6-12
 - A slow release fertilizer that will last longer – a good choice for our rainy weather

Drainage
 - Too much water can cause roots to rot, so proper drainage is a must
 - If you have a container garden, use pot feet to elevate the garden so the drainage hole at the bottom has the ability to let the water drain

Mulching
 - Mulch will help retain soil moisture, keep the weeds down and most importantly right now help with soil erosion
  -- If you have a large slope, use a 2-3 inch layer of pine straw to keep the soil intact

Fungicide Issues
 - All the recent rain paired with hot weather is the perfect climate for troublesome fungicide issues

 - Apply Bonide Infuse now to cure and prevent fungicide on flowers, roses, trees, shrubs and your lawn

More Info:
Pike Nurseries Web site
Pike Nurseries on Facebook
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Pike Nurseries on Instagram


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