Hydrangea

Tonkadale recommends

In Blog, Feature, Gardening by Samantha Karsten

Happy Memorial Day weekend! It’s a hot one, so be sure to keep everything watered, including yourself. We’ll be open all weekend: Saturday 8 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-5 pm and Memorial Day 8 am-4 pm. For you brave souls doing some gardening this weekend, we’ve got some recommendations for products that will give your garden the best possible start to the season. Look for them in our Plant Solutions Center, near the fairy garden.

Perennials: New Planting

Espoma Bio-tone Starter

Bio-tone Starter Plus (Espoma) – Plant food plus Mycorrhizae. Promotes bigger blooms and stronger roots. In addition to natural and organic plant fertilizers, it contains a blend of microbes and mycorrhizae, a natural rooting hormone that increases root hair growth on transplanted plants. $12.99

Tonkadale’s premium compost-a blend of chicken manure and plant product compost, blended into existing soil. $9.99

Perennials: Existing Trees and Shrubs

Fertilome Tree and Shrub food

Fertilome Tree and Shrub Food-Granular fertilizer sprinkled at the drip line following package instructions. $12.99

Adding an organic compost or “Wiggle Worm castings” will help make the soil more welcoming for all established perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Perennials: Existing beds

Espoma Garden Food

Organic Plant Food (Espoma) $9.99 or Garden Food 10-10-10 (Espoma) $14.99
Adding an organic compost or “Wiggle Worm castings” will help make the soil more welcoming for all established perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Endless Summer Hydrangea (Blue and Pink varieties, excludes Blushing Bride)

Espoma Soil Acidifier

Soil Acidifier (Espoma) – Adds the needed acid to the soil to keep the blue color.
Add Espoma Lime to turn/keep these hydrangeas pink, our soil is naturally alkaline so it naturally turns.
Adding an organic compost or “Wiggle Worm castings” will help make the soil more welcoming for all established perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Hibiscus

Miracle Gro Miracid

Miracid (Miracle Gro)
Tonka Terra Potting Soil

Hanging Baskets/Combo Planters

Miracle Gro Bloom Booster

Miracle Gro/Bloom Booster

Veggie Gardens

Espoma Tomato-tone

Amendments: Wiggle Worm, Purple Cow, or/and Coop Poop
Fertilizer: Tomato Tone (Espoma) or Neptune Fish Fertilizer

Warm Blooded Garden Pests

This is a topic that deserves a whole separate blog post, coming up in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Insect Pests

Bonide Pesticides

Bonide Neem Oil: insecticide, fungicide, miticide, organic. The neem tree grows in Africa and is naturally pest resistant. The oil is harvested and used as a pesticide.

Captain Jack’s Dead Bug Brew: the active ingredient, spinosad, is derived from a naturally occurring substance found in old rum factories. This is an organic pesticide.

Eight: good overall-all pesticide.

Weeds

Bonide Weed Beater

Broadleaf Weeds: Weed Beater Ultra
Buckthorn: Stump Out Stump and Vine Killer