‘It’s primetime’: Experts say planting and gardening season is here

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – While Summer isn’t “officially” here just yet, experts say that shouldn’t keep you from your garden.

KWWL visited Earl May Nursery and Garden Center in Cedar Falls.

After a long Winter and a rainy Spring, Jacob Clark, the store’s manager, said business is finally blooming again. Customers are ready to add color to their yards. Earl May’s most popular items right now are tomatoes, grasses and hydrangeas.

Clark recommended planting perennials before it gets too hot outside. He said they have tender roots and don’t do as well in the heat. However, trees and shrubs are stronger and can be planted anytime this Summer.

“The weather is absolutely perfect,” Clark said. “Usually, the hardest time to garden is when we get super hot, up in the 90s, and we haven’t really seen much of that this year, so it’s been prime time to get out there and garden.”

While the ground isn’t very wet, Clark said that doesn’t mean the air isn’t. He said you should watch out for fungus and mildew this Summer.

Japanese Beetles are often common in eastern Iowa, too. Clark said they will be coming in the next week or so. He suggested treating your garden with a systemic insecticide, as long as you don’t plan on eating your plants.

“The systemics work really well because the roots will pick up that product and then work its way through, so if something bites into it, then it will kill that bug,” Clark explained.

Clark recommended watching the weather this Summer and adjusting your care routine accordingly.

If you haven’t started planting, Clark said it’s not too late.

Olivia Schmitt

Olivia Schmitt

Morning Reporter at KWWL
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