Pacific Northwest

June, 2013
Regional Report

Prune Spring Bloomers

Prune spring-blooming plants that flower on old wood, such as lilac, forsythia, rhododendron, and azalea, right after they finish blooming. This keeps you from pruning off the flower buds that form later in the summer that will produce blossoms the following spring.

Pinch Back Hardy Mums

For more compact and bushy chrysanthemums, pinch out the growing tips every three weeks beginning now and ending in early August. Pinching will promote more branching and lots of flowers.

Tip-Prune Evergreens

If you'd like to keep your pines and spruces compact, pinch the candles back by one-half to three-fourths. This will control the upward and outward growth without damaging the over-all appearance of the trees.

Store Extra Seeds

Leftover vegetable and flower seeds can be stored in a cool, dry location for planting next year. One method is to place seed packets in a jar or plastic bag and store them in a cool, dark closet. Another method to keep them fresh is to store jars in the refrigerator.

Leave Grass Clippings

Decomposing grass clippings left on the lawn return valuable nutrients, especially nitrogen, to turf grass. Rake up grass clippings or bag them only when the grass has grown unusually tall and clumps of mown grass are left on the lawn. Compost those clippings.

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