Stretch PT & Total Wellness - August 2019

A Summer Send-Off for Your Garden

3Ways to Prepare Your Garden for the Changing Season

Late summer is the perfect time to clean up your garden and prepare it for the coming winter. In the next couple of months, the temperature will start to drop, but by putting in work now, you can ensure your garden is healthy and ready to flourish next spring. You can even turn garden cleanup into

soil. Remember to use gloves, wear long pants and socks, and use caution around thorns or plants that can cause irritation.

For daffodils, tulips, crocuses, and any other bulbs that sprang up in the spring, you can now pull them up (if you haven’t already) and divide any bulblets you find into separate plants. This will help cut down on crowding even more come spring. Take Cover

a fun activity for the whole family. Here are three ways to get your garden ready for the next season, while sharing some valuable outdoor time with your loved ones. More Mulch, Please While most gardeners know the benefits of summer mulching, winter mulching can help lessen water loss, keep weeds out, and regulate soil temperatures during the colder months. It offers an added layer of protection for your plants’ roots, which can be sensitive to continuous freezing and thawing, by keeping the soil temperature more consistent. Out With the Old

Cover crops are plants that improve soil health, reduce erosion, and keep your garden healthy, and now is a great time to plant them! Hardy legumes, field peas, certain types of clovers, and warm- season grasses can all work as cover crops, so talk to your landscaper or local nursery to pick out the best choices for your region.

While you may not see the fruits of your labors until spring, you can still enjoy preparing your garden for a successful upcoming year and cherish the time you spend with your family outside.

If any of your plants didn’t fare so well, take some time to remove them and clear space for future plants. This removal should include any invasive plants or weeds that found their way into the

Dog Days of Summer

Meet Our Best Friends!

Sinatra: age 4, owned by Corinne

Quinn and Lizzie: ages 2 and 5, owned by LB.

Sinatra loves drinking from the bathtub faucet so much that if anyone mentions the words “bathroom” or “shower,” he sprints toward that room!

Quinn is a super weirdo but always knows how to get

the laughs. Her older sister, Lizzie, is a tough cookie! She has had four knee surgeries and loves to swim.

Jayda: age 2, owned by Clarissa

Jayda is a 65-pound lap dog who loves to sit on her mom’s lap!

Koda: age 9, owned by Alana

Koda LOVES to lick! Beds, feet, you name it — Koda loves to lick it. 2

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