Summertime Gardening Tips

Summertime Gardening Tips

Summer time is when your garden needs you most. Here is a list of chores and maintenance that you should be doing to help your garden grow and thrive.

If rain is lacking, practice water-wise horticultural techniques. Determine which plants are most important, and water them first. Water plants early in the day through drip irrigation or hand-held hose with shut-off nozzle.
– Re-apply mulch to plantings to help conserve moisture
– Continue to remove weeds that compete for water
– Continue to stake floppy plants and vines
– Mow lawns regularly to keep grass height at 2 to 2 1/2″
– Continue to aerate and moisten compost pile to speed decomposition
– Continue to apply acid mulch to azaleas and rhododendrons, and other ericaceous ornamentals
– Apply a summer mulch to rose beds to preserve moisture and control weeds
– Deadhead annuals and perennials to encourage continuous bloom, and cut back any rampant growth
– Continue to spray roses weekly with a baking soda fungicide
– Remove any fallen leaves and debris that can harbor insect pests and disease organisms
– Pinch back asters and chrysanthemums one last time
– Finish deadheading rhododendrons and lilacs
– Continue to apply deer repellent
– Continue to re-pot any houseplants as needed
– Continue to lift, divide, and propagate spring-flowering perennials
– Sow seed of lettuce, kale, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, and arugula for fall harvest
– Continue transplanting container grown plants
– Deadhead hybrid tea, grandiflora, floribunda, miniature, repeat-blooming shrub, and climbing roses
– Prune climbing roses after flowering
– Prune and thin large shade trees to increase light for lawns and planting beds
– Prune evergreens, and deciduous and evergreen hedges into early summer
– Prune all raspberry canes that have completed fruiting to the ground
– Fertilize broad-leaved flowering evergreen shrubs with topdressing of compost and/or cottonseed meal
– Fertilize needle evergreens with acid type fertilizer
– Fertilize roses
– Continue to fertilize annuals and container plants each month
– Fertilize chrysanthemums every 2 to 3 weeks until buds form
– Fertilize vegetables
– Leave nitrogen-rich grass clippings on lawn

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