Summer Gardening Tips In the summer time, every thing seems to grow at an unbelievable rate. Grass, flowers, and weeds that are left unchecked will quickly have your garden looking more like a wildlife habitat than a picturesque landscape.
However, if you are willing to take the time and following these few easy tips, your garden and lawn will look as beautiful during midsummer as it did in the spring.
1. Watering is perhaps the most important aspect of summer gardening. Unlike the spring, rain is not common and without it plants will soon shrivel up and die. The best advice for keeping your plants healthy is to water early in the morning two to three times a week. When doing this, make sure to let the plants soak for a long period of time and get a great deal of water. By only watering two times a week, you will be promoting deeper root growth and discouraging germination of undesirable weeds.
2. As the seasons progress from spring to summer your plants are naturally going to grow bigger. If left unattended, many taller species will sag under their own weight and give a garden an unorganized and disheveled look. It is simple to prevent this by placing a stick next to the stem in the direction it is leaning to provide support. If you are concerned with appearance, decorative stakes are available at any gardening center.
3. Maintaining your summer garden can seem like a daunting task especially if you have let it deteriorate. By setting aside an hour or two a day, you can prevent summer maladies from becoming too significant and generally keep your garden in excellent condition.
4. While your garden may be blossoming, you must not forget that weeds are doing the same thing. Although it is probably the most hated of all gardening tasks, weeding is essential to the health of your garden.
5. Insects are always a potential threat to your garden. Although many bugs will not harm your plants, many, like aphids and white flies, will quickly destroy your garden if left to their own devices. To discourage this there are number of products available at nurseries. In addition to these products, it is a good idea to introduce insects like ladybugs that naturally control harmful insect populations.
6. One of the most important aspects of keeping your plants healthy is having quality mulch. Mulch serves three purposes that help keep your garden healthy. The first is that mulch provides a natural barrier between the hot summer son and your plants sensitive roots. Secondly, mulch absorbs and prevents moisture from evaporating thus providing more water for your plants. Lastly, organic mulches break down and provide much-needed nutrients to surrounding plant life.
By following these tips, you can rest assured that your garden will continue to thrive through the most challenging summer months. Summer is a time of year that your garden requires a great amount of work, but if you put the time and effort in, you will be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of labor.