Midsummer Gardening Chores
The grass is green and the flowers are blooming! Your elegant garden is peaking and all your hard work is paying off. But to keep the garden thriving through Labor Day, there is a little bit of midsummer maintenance you need to do. Here are 5 midsummer gardening chores to keep your plot pretty.
Now is the time to get a few nutrients into the soil that your plants are craving. Check that the fertilizer you use provides a good balance of nitrogen and phosphorus; you may need to do a soil test to make sure you don't overdo one and underdo the other. Don't forget to include the lawn in your fertilizer refresh.
Just like furniture and knickknacks tend to shift inside the house, outdoor plants and decor tend to move as the season progresses, too. Straighten up freestanding planters and organize them to make watering easier. For pathway markers, solar light stakes and garden sports flags, pull them up and re-stake if they're slanting. Rehang any wall art that the wind knocked around during a storm.
Weeds start and restart their life-cycles midsummer and it's important to stay vigilant to keep them tame. Applying a weed preventer to your lawn and garden at the beginning of the season and midsummer can stop weeds from taking root and ruining your garden. Attracting good pests may also help keep the weeds from making a home in your plot.
Any spring-flowering shrubs should be pruned by the end of July. They restart the blooming cycle quickly, and next spring's flowers will most likely make a home on the branches before you put up your Halloween decorations. Be gentle and remove just the dead branches and leaves to promote new growth. For annuals, a good trim helps with new blooms and deadheading perennials (removing the dead flowers) encourages late-season blooming for some plants. Also cut back plants that are floppy from too much growth: it helps balance the roots with top growth.
With all of the wind and rain from summer storms, much-needed mulch can get tossed around and thin out as the summer advances. Not only does mulch need to be refreshed around the trees to make the yard look nice, but it helps retain moisture and smothers weeds. If you have any bald spots in your garden beds, cover them with mulch as well to prevent weeds from sprouting.
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