June has come and gone, and what a change of pace it’s been! While June 2015 was rainy and cool, this year we’ve experienced long stretches of hot, sunny weather and little to no rain.

Drought conditions are taxing on all of our plants, young and old. Though our mature trees, shrubs and perennials are better-equipped to deal with dry conditions, even they need a little help from time to time. Here are six gardening tips for July:

  1. July is a great time to prune back spring flowering shrubs, or evergreens such as boxwood or yews, whose shape you want to control.
  2. Extended drought conditions can spell trouble for mature trees – be sure to give them a thorough watering each week during droughts to ensure they stay healthy.
  3. New plantings are even more susceptible to dry conditions, as they haven’t yet developed an extensive root system to take advantage of rain and groundwater. Don’t be fooled by a short rain shower! New plants may need water even if it has rained recently.
  4. Droughts also reduce our soil’s ability to retain moisture. Water tends to run away from or directly through dry, cracked soils. Combat this by watering a dry area once, waiting a half hour, and then watering it a second time more thoroughly.
  5. A good 3-4″ layer of mulch will help retain soil moisture during hot, dry spells. Mulch reduces the rate at which water evaporates from the surface of the soil. It also keeps weeds at bay.

Many annuals, perennials, and roses will continue to bloom prolifically throughout the summer if they are deadheaded regularly. Try to set aside an hour or two per week to do this and your plants will reward you with a long blooming season.Summer Photo Contest on Facebook…
Snap a photo of your showiest annual, perennial, tree or shrub and send it to us. Each week in July, our staff will select their favourite entry and the winners will receive a $25 Van Luyk gift card!

Here’s how it works:

  • Share and like our contest post on Facebook
  • Submit a photo of the most beautiful plant growing in your garden either via Facebook or by e-mailing info@vanluyk.com
  • Contest starts July 5th and ends Monday, August 1st at 6pm
  • Weekly winners will be announced each week on our Facebook page

All submitted photos will be included in a Facebook album at the end of the month.

Our summer savings continue with great deals on a variety of annuals and veggies!   Click below to check all our weekly features.
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Summer WorkhorsesSpend less time deadheading and more time relaxing with our staff picks of low maintenance, all-summer flowering plants!
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Wondering what type of rosebush to buyOur summer savings continue with great deals on a variety of annuals and veggies!   Click below to check all our weekly features.
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how do we tell truly native plants from introduced species

What’s so important about offering native plants for sale, and how do we tell truly native plants from introduced species? Read our native plants blog post to learn more.

 attract more butterflies to your garden
Trying to attract more butterflies to your garden? Our staff have selected their favourite butterfly magnets, including some unexpected plants! Check out our butterfly magnets blog post to learn more.
Canada Day Sales Extended!
Looking for a few more plants to fill an empty spot in your garden bed? Summer savings have begun and you’ll find great deals in all departments throughout the summer!

Buy 2 Get One Free – on flowering hanging baskets and annual plants (3″, 4″ and 5.5″)
Buy 1 Get One Free – on all vegetable plants (3″, 4″ and cell packs)
25% off 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 July hours are: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat and Sun 9am-6pm