Oh my goodness, it is so hard to believe that it is already August!
The kids are getting ready to go back to school, the Bradford pears and dogwoods are starting to show signs of their leaves turning and before you know it fall will be here and we will be welcoming the crisp nights.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Taylor Williams, the Agricultural Exchange Agent for Moore County, and we talked about fire blight in Bradford pears and the damage that last winter caused plants and trees. His recommendation was to let nature take its course, which is to let the leaves fall off naturally and grow back next year. We have had a relatively dry year so this should work. The other way to treat the blight is to cut 12-18” off each limb that is affected. Since there are so many limbs affected there would be nothing left. I agree with Taylor, unless you want to look at a bare tree, and pay someone to prune that much off the tree, it would be best to let nature run its course. We do not prune trees that are above 10’ tall.
It is time to start thinking about fall colors and plants. We are going to have a great selection of plants, everything from panolas and pansies to cabbages and kales. It is also time to start thinking about bulbs. Did you know that October and November are the best time to plant Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinth and Crocus? I am attaching an order sheet for annuals and bulbs, if you would like to place an order please let us know. We will start our fall planting after October 15th. Fall is also the time that we take soil samples, put down pot ash (dormancy fertilizer) and/or overseed with winter rye.
We are happy to announce that we will be working the Home Garden & Lifestyle Expo September 25-28th that will be held at the Elks Lodge. We will have a 53’ trailer there filled with Belgard Hardscape exhibits. Come out and see what goodies we will be giving away!
Save the date: Our annual barbecue is going to be November 7th. If you have never come please try to join us this year. Last year we had around 200 people come out and served over 250 pounds of mine and Lewis’ special homemade BBQ.
Finally there will be some changes made after the first of the year. The Moore County Landfill is going to start charging for debris in January. This additional cost is going to impact everyone, homeowners & HOA’s. Each customer can either handle the debris removal themselves or we can dispose of debris, however if we take care of disposal, there will be an additional charge. Once we find out the rate we will let everyone know. Please call us if you have questions.
Thank you always for being great customers!
Dana, Lewis & The Green Dreams Team