Why Should You Pay Extra Attention To Your Garden In The Summer?

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The lucky people are the ones who have a beautiful garden that they can enjoy throughout most of the year. The keyword is ‘beautiful’ so you don’t want to neglect your garden because a neglected one will take a lot of time and effort to  look healthy again. 

With every season, there are special things you can do for your garden to keep it growing healthy and lovely. Winter is a good time to start preparing your garden for the coming spring growth, while summer needs special attention because of the hot and soaring temperatures. Knowing when is the ideal time to start preparing for your autumn garden is important, but knowing how to prepare is definitely more vital. 

Here are some gardening chores that will surely help your garden survive summer.

Fertilizer

Summer is the season for most plant growth. The soil should be supplied with more fertilizer to sustain this high growth rate. While fertilizers are usually your best friend in gardening, don’t fertilize during a heat wave. When your plants are in summer survival mode, they don’t need any extra nutrients and won’t be making any use of them. Introducing these into the soil will risk further stressing your plant, so wait until the weather cools down a bit. If there’s no heat wave, midsummer is a good time for fertilizing.

Pruning

Pruning is the task of removing bad foliage and branches. Pruning doesn’t just give an attractive all around look to the plants in your garden, but also helps to conserve plant energy for a healthier new growth. It’s best if you read more about why you should prune in the summer and how stress in plants causes wilting, among other problems. There are wilt-reduction strategies that you might not know about that professionals will, and they will also know everything about dealing with garden care. So never forget to have  your lawn mowed, hedges trimmed, weeds treated, and get a perfect lush garden ready for summer.

Watering

Obviously, just like how you need to stay hydrated during summer, so does your garden. You will probably be watering more than usual because the soil should always stay moist during all times. The best time to water plants would be either early in the day or around sunset. These times help avoid evaporation. Generally, any potted plant needs to be watered more than a ground plant. You can try to keep them in a cooler or shaded area of your garden during summer.  You can also try clustering plants near each other. That way, total sun exposure might be lessened, and smaller plants can get shade from larger plants. As for your lawn, that too should be watered when there is no direct sunlight on it and it’s best to avoid watering during a heatwave. Sprinklers or hoses that are put into the soil provide a good means of watering. Overwatering the lawn is a mistake that lots of people fall into, so a few times a week is good enough. 

Soil

A healthy garden always starts with good soil. You can cover the top area of soil around outdoor plants with mulching with material containing twigs, dead leaves and bits of wood to create a humid atmosphere.

Mowing

Mowing has some rules and the number one rule is to never remove more than one-third of the leaf surface at any one mowing. In other words, decide the ideal height for your grass and allow grass to grow one-third higher than that. If your grass type is for the warm-season, peak growth occurs during summer. Typical warm-season grass height range between 1 to 3 inches. Cool-season grass needs higher cutting lengths in the summer. Keeping cool, seasoned grass short causes it to dry out and become brown quickly.

Pests

Be on the lookout for pests and mosquitoes that don’t mind ruining a beautiful summer night in the garden. Early detection is best if you want to eliminate the problem and save plants. Keep gardening tools with wooden handles off the ground, since wood can attract certain pest types. Also, remove pooled water that could collect in plant pots as they too can attract mosquitoes.  

Because of excessive heat and sunshine, you need to pay attention to garden chores for your garden to survive in the summer. Many of the tasks you need to do are based on some knowledge combined with common sense. When it’s time for hot weather to take over, it’s not just humans who feel the scorching heat; plants, grass, and trees also get affected by this type of weather, so they also need some precautions to endure hot summer days.

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