- Keep 'em cool and moist
Using soaker hoses and mulch in all your flowerbeds and around trees will help to retain moisture and keep root systems cooler. That is a good thing!
- Summer Care for Lawns and Plants
at anytime. With the harsh conditions that all of our yards are having to endure this year it is
important to supply the nutrients to the soil that will help the plants and grasses grow healthy
- Vanilla Bean
Store a vanilla bean in an airtight container with granulated, brown, or powdered sugar for at least a week. It will give a vanilla flavor to cakes, cookies, and one-crust pies when sugar is sprinkled over the top or used in the baking.
- Flavored Cream Cheese
Decorate and flavor a simple block of cream cheese by patting finely chopped fresh rosemary into all its surfaces. Wrap and refrigerate 1-2 days.
Unwrap and serve with crackers.
- Summer Suggestions
EarthWorks has all the best soil additives you'll need to help enrich your soil.
We have compost in bulk and bagged.
We have several great organic fertilizers to help your lawn, flowers, shrub and trees, vegetables, potted plants, and anything else to grow healthy and strong.
We have mulch in bulk and bagged. Mulch is very important to use as a top dressing especially during our summers. It will help to keep moisture in the soil, keep your roots cooler, and help with weed control.
- Basil tip
Unfortunately basil does not like cool temperatures, so, now is the time to harvest it. One way to preserve it is to make pesto. Pesto will keep for months in the freezer.
- Beneficial Insects
Don’t let the “bad guys” bug you. Enlist the help of beneficial insects.
Releasing beneficial insects on a regular schedule, and fertilizing with soil-improving materials will help provide you with excellent long-term control.
Lady bugs - the most popular and most universally known beneficial insect. Adult lady bugs can eat 200 aphids per day; the larvae can eat 70-100 per day. For lady bugs to mature and lay eggs, they need a nectar pollen source, such as flowering plants — yarrow, zinnia, salvia, petunia, alyssum, dianthus.
Lace wings - the adults really aren't terribly beneficial, they just fly around, look pretty, and mate. The larvae, on the other hand, are voracious eaters of aphids, red spider mites, thrips, mealy bugs, scale, and many worms.
Trichogramma Wasps - used to control pecan casebearer, cabbage worms, tomato horn worms, and all other caterpillars. The Trichogramma wasp stings the pest worm egg and deposits its own egg inside. The egg hatches and the larvae feed on and kill the pest.
Chemical pesticides can’t tell the good from the bad. Why not let the good guys get rid of your bad guys? Earthworks has the beneficial insects to rid you of any pest.