Ah, summer! There’s so much to look forward to in these sunny months. Whether its inviting friends and family over for backyard barbecues or taking that much-needed vacation, most people can agree that summertime is the highlight of their year. But, summer is the season for gardening, as well. The warm climate and sunshine allow for plants and flowers to reach their full potential. But by mid-summer, gardens can start to look overgrown, annual flowers begin to fade, and bugs may be munching on your vegetables.
Here are some gardening tips to help you keep your garden and flowers looking great all season:
1. Deadhead and prune to promote blooms and growth
Did you know you can get more flowers by simply removing spent blossoms? Deadheading is like giving your hair a trim. Just snip or pinch off the dead flowers and you might be rewarded with a second round of blooms. Even for plants that won’t be coaxed into additional blooming, deadheading helps keep your garden looking healthy and tidy. In general, when trimming you never want to prune back more than 25% of your plant. Removing more can send the plant into shock and it could actually cause the plant to die.
2. Water, water, water!
While hot, dry summer months require more watering to keep your containers and gardens healthy. As a rule of thumb, be sure to water daily when temps are over 85 degrees. Water during the early morning to reduce evaporation. Watch for drought stress and water as needed if rainfall has been spotty. Focus on watering new plantings such as shrubs, perennials, and trees to ensure they become established. Keep in mind that over watering may actually cause more damage to plants. If you are seeing yellow leaves, you could be over watering!
3. Keep weeds from taking over
Everything likes to grow in the summer… especially weeds. Avoid a weed takeover in your garden by mulching early. Mulch acts as a natural deterrent for weeds and retains moisture in between watering. You can even add a layer of mulch to patio containers, helping to keep your flowers moist during the scorching afternoon hours. When weeds inevitably appear, yank them out while they’re still young and the roots aren’t fully developed. It’s easiest to weed after a rain when the soil is soft and you’re more likely to get the roots out along with the top plant.
Even the healthiest of gardens use some type of fertilizer because most soil does not provide an adequate amount of nutrients to plants and flowers. There are many types of fertilizer on the market, so it is important to find out which fertilizer will work best in your garden. We suggest OMA organic products because it’s a granular fertilizer that as you water plants, slowly releases nutrients. With the slow release, it’s nearly impossible to burn your plants as compared to a traditional fertilizer like Miracle Grow.
We hope these tips help to keep your gardens looking beautiful all season long. If you have specific questions about your garden, please stop in or give us a call today!