Gardening Tips to Know this Summer
If you aren’t already a seasoned gardener, chances are you have gotten frustrated with your plants at some point. Maybe they aren’t growing as healthy as you would like, or you spend too much time under the sun pulling weeds. If you are looking for some ways to improve your garden this year, follow these gardening tips.
1. Water Effectively
Particularly plants growing in containers, you’ll find that many container plants begin to dry out quickly due to the summer weather. Its important to stay consistent with mulching and watering during the hot and dry weather. Once or twice a week mulch and water the plants thoroughly to prevent the dropping of buds and flowers. Always remember to water the plant evenly and not drown it, if need be, water twice daily; once in the morning and once in the evening works best.
2. Work Smarter, Not Harder
When it comes to summer labor, aim to work in the early mornings before 10am or in the evenings after 6pm. The cooler temperatures will allow you to work longer, its safer, and its likely that you’ll do a better job. Also remember sunblock, its vital to your skin (long-term) to be protected and you’ll thank yourself for it later. For additional sun coverage, grab a hat before you go out, it’ll provide sun protection for your face! Make sure you bring a water bottle along whether you plan to be working for 30 minutes or 2 hours, plans can change and staying hydrated is key. Hydrating and working in the mornings/evenings keep you cool, giving you higher quality time to work in the garden where you do not feel rushed to get inside.
3. Weed Patrol
Managing weeds can be labor intensive and time consuming, but it’s important for a healthy growing garden. Since many weeds love the summer heat, they can grow quickly and seemingly out of nowhere. Staying on top of them is important. Weeds steal nutrients and moisture from plants, and if they get too big they can block sunlight. When pulling weeds, it’s best to do so when the soil is moist, and when the weeds are young and small. Tactically, catching the weed in its early stages is vital because of their quick ability to spread seeds as they grow. Save yourself the hassle of more weeding and take back control of your garden, pull those weeds!
4. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, spread that mulch! Just a 2-inch layer of mulch can supply numerous benefits for your garden. The mulch offers protection from the sun which will in turn keep the soil cooler, healthier, and it’ll prevent moisture loss from evaporation. Don’t worry on not knowing what kind or how much mulch, since every garden is different. It’s best talk with us about your specific situation and from there we can anticipate your mulching needs.
5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Using catchments to save rainwater is a great way to create a free water reserve. Saving money and other valuable resources will be beneficial in the long run. Especially with the warm weather and constant watering, saving on water costs is as easy as sticking a garbage can underneath a drain pipe!
Pair These Gardening Tips with High Quality Soil
When getting your garden ready for the year, make sure you use top-notch topsoil from Keleny. We can also help figure out which kind of mulch will help your landscape thrive. By following these gardening tips, your garden will be the envy of your neighborhood!