Checklist For Summer Gardening
by frankie flowers | Summer is here! A time to sit back relax and enjoy a bevy with some friends. Indeed your garden requires less work than spring and fall, in summer however there is still some work to be done. Summer is a time to keep the garden weed free, water, harvest some food and monitor for bugs, slugs and bunny damage. Here is Frankie Flowers’ top things to do in the garden in summer!
FOR YOUR FLOWER GARDEN:
• Promote additional blooms with regular deadheading.
• Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs after they flower.
• Keep the garden as weed-free as you can, taking special care to remove weeds before they produce flower heads and seeds.
• Fertilize perennials about once every four weeks but only until midsummer.
• Support plants with stakes or trellises.
• Water and fertilize containers.
• Use responsible watering practices, water deeply and infrequently to establish healthy roots.
• Monitor for bugs, slugs and diseases.
• Look for ways to keep your yard cool, such as planting a shade tree or adding a water feature.
• Cut flowers and bring them indoors to enjoy.
• Mulch to reduce watering and weeding.
FOR YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN:
• Harvest early crops such as radishes and lettuce.
• Use techniques such as succession planting and inter cropping to make the most of your garden space.
• Maintain your vegetable garden by thinning seedlings, weeding, watering, and fertilizing.
• Protect your crops from damage by making the garden unattractive to animals.
• Monitor for bugs, slugs and disease.
• Stake tomatoes, peppers, pole beans etc.
• Start a compost pile or turn over existing piles.
FOR YOUR LAWN:
• Minimize summer stress with proper mowing (raise the blades) and regular watering.
• Look for signs of chinch bugs and grubs and treat as necessary.
• Stay on top of your weeding, being sure to remove weeds before they set seeds.
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