We’ve made it through a scorching-hot July, and with little change in sight. While the calendar page has turned, it looks as though August will continue to be hot and dry, similar to the last two months. Many of our favourite young and old plants have been taking the heat in stride, but we often have to double down on maintenance in August if we want to really prolong the season for our annuals and perennials.

Here are five gardening tips for August:

  1. Remember to keep on the hose as long as drought conditions continue, while being mindful of any water restrictions in your area. How well you help your perennials manage the hot and dry weather will have a direct impact on how well they overwinter.
  2. Continue deadheading annuals and perennials to keep your beds looking tidy and to encourage new blooms. Fertilizing can continue throughout the month.
  3. Stop fertilizing your trees and shrubs as we reach the middle of the month. These plants need time to wind down as the season comes to a close. Fertilizer does the opposite, encouraging them to push out new tender growth that may not have time to harden off before frost.
  4. If you are tired of battling grubs and Japanese beetles, apply nematodes late in late August. Newly-hatched grubs are close to the soil surface at this time, giving you a great opportunity to reduce your garden’s grub population before they retreat further underground and out of reach of nematode applications.
  5. Overseed your lawn late in the summer to improve density of turf and enhance your lawn’s colour. Be sure to wait until we have a few cooler and wetter days in a row to do this, as seedlings are highly susceptible to drought.
Saving Stone Event – Aug 12th – 31st!
Join us for our perennial ‘Saving Stone’ Event!

From August 12th – 31st pick a saving stone when you check out and save anywhere from 10% to 50% on your entire PERENNIAL purchase!

We still have plenty of beautiful perennials to choose from, so take advantage while our event lasts!

Good Watering PracticesDuring a drought, proper watering can make a big difference for our plants. We’re here to help with some great watering tips.
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Pest Control AlternativesSoap and water? Epsom salts? Do these homemade methods of pest control actually work? Possibly, but we need to exercise caution.
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Interest For Shade Variegated BrunneraIt can be hard to find plants that add substantial colour to shady areas — our staff have selected some of their favourites!
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July Photo Contest!

July Photo Contest 2016

We asked for photos of your favourite plants, and did you ever deliver! Many beautiful pictures were submitted, and our favourites won Van Luyk Gift Cards! We’ve put all of them together into a photo album on our Facebook page.

Organic or Synthetic?

Organic Synthetic Fertilizer

Synthetic or organic fertilizer: which one is best for your garden? It really depends what you’re trying to accomplish! Understanding when to use one over the other is half the battle. Read more in our recent blog post!

Summer Sales Continue!
If you have an area of your garden that looks a little tired, it’s a great time to take advantage of our summer savings! We still have a great selection of summer and fall-flowering annuals, perennials and nursery stock to brighten up your beds, patio pots and window boxes.

50% off ALL annuals, including hanging baskets (all sizes)
50% off ALL vegetables (all sizes)
25% off ALL planted urns and patio pots (all sizes)

Check out our features page for more great deals, or visit us in-store!

Expert Advice
Our experienced staff are happy to answer your indoor and outdoor gardening questions year round. Or for more information and tips, visit our gardening info and tip sheets at vanluyk.com.

Store Hours
We are open 7 days a week. Our August hours are: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat and Sun 9am-6pm.