, Newburyport, MA


September 11, 2013

Tim's Tips:


We have seen a lot of plants damaged by drought. Even though we have had some rain lately, it is critically important that you get water into the soil around your trees and shrubs. Trees and shrubs that go into winter lacking sufficient moisture in the plant run a higher risk of being severely damaged or killed by the winter winds. If you look around your yard and calculate what it might cost to replace the bulk of your plants, you will quickly figure out that you had better invest some time in watering your plants.

Soon, it will be time to bring back inside any plants that you had outside for the summer. These plants can be home to insect pests whose numbers will skyrocket when you bring the plants back into your home. Before you bring the plants inside, be sure to treat the plants for insects. If you don’t, aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs and scale will most likely infect many of the plants that you have in your home.

Well, this should keep you busy this weekend. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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