Planting a garden is just the beginning. Keeping it looking tip top is another matter. Here are our best summer garden maintenance tips.
Proper preparation is important for your garden to overcome the wilting effects of summer. If you practice the best gardening tips, your plants and flowers can easily reach their full potential. As Lawn Troopers, we’re here to help share top summer gardening tips for revitalizing your garden.
Water your Plants
Water your plants either in the morning or evening when the sun’s rays are not strong. Watering at the right time ensures that the water plays its significant role before the summer heat increases during the day. Don’t water the plants during the middle of the day. This is because the heat of the day will quickly evaporate the water and leave the ground dry. Thus, always water the plants early in the morning or in the evening.
Mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil and suppresses weeds. Mulch can also improve the soil structure, drainage, and nutrient-holding capacity as they compose. You can use shredded leaves, grass, tree trimmings, or a combination of them to form your mulch. We can help you to apply mulch correctly to ensure your garden has the best yields. The mulch blankets the ground during summer to shield the soil from the harsh sun rays.
Keep an eye on your garden and remove any damaged, diseased, or dead debris. Dead debris usually blocks the airflow and growth of your plants. If you notice any dead blooms on your plants, cut them off to ensure that the plant grows healthier. Light pruning during the summer encourages steady growth and builds healthier plants.
Weeding should be part of your to-do-list during the summer. Plants can’t grow well when crowded with weeds. Weeds usually compete for water, nutrients, and space with your plants. When you regularly remove weeds from your garden, your plants will grow healthy.
Feed your Plants
Garden plants will benefit a lot from fertilizing in the summer. Fertilizers add nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients promote growth and help with root health. Also, give plants a mid-season feeding by side-dressing with compost or aged manure.
Scout for Pests
Always scout for pests to avoid getting your garden ruined. Be sure to check the undersides of the leaves, where pests like hiding and laying eggs. Some other summer problems to watch include black spots, cucumber beetles, grasshoppers, Japanese beetles, squash bugs, and tomato hornworms.
Raise your Mower
Raise the height of your lawn-mower blade and cut the grass a bit higher. Cutting the grass very short can make it susceptible to summer heat. Therefore, make sure you’re cutting the lawn at the right height to keep the grass healthy.
Plant some Vegetables
The warmer months are the best time to plant some vegetables, such as beans, celery, peppers, squash, and zucchini, among others. The warmth of the soil and longer days allow these types of vegetables to thrive in the summer.
Having a beautiful garden is amazing, but garden maintenance can be a lot of work. If you need some help, consider enlisting us! If you are in need of a professional gardener this season, feel free to contact us for a quote.