Summer Gardening Tips
1. Water, water everywhere
Water evaporates quickly in the dog days of summer, especially during mid-day. Water lawns and flowers beds early in the morning to give the vital moisture time to reach thirsty roots.
2. Mow lawns strategically
Raise the cutting height on your lawnmower. Longer blades of grass help keep the roots cooler on hot summer days. Cut grass in the cool of the evening to give the lawn time to recover.
3. Keep weeds at bay
It’s much easier to control weeds by pulling them out as soon as they appear than by tugging at them later after they’ve establish a strong root system.
4. Sharpen your pruning skills
A little time spent making a few artful cuts to shape a bougainvillea bush, trellis or tree can reward you with more flowers and thicker foliage. See our tips on cutting, pruning and pinching.
5. Convert clippings into mulch
Give young plants a bit of love with a mulch made of grass clippings from your lawn. Just make sure that the clippings are free of weeds and seeds.
6. Start composting
Another use for lawn clippings is to start a compost heap. Layer the clippings with soil and leftover vegetative waste from your kitchen. After a few months of decomposition, the matter will be transformed into nutrient-rich compost.
7. Stay on top of pest patrol
Keep on the lookout for damaging aphids. The tiny pests are easy enough to spray off with a hose if you catch them while their populations are small. Take a look at our guides to common pests and diseases!
8. Plant Summer flowers
You’ve no doubt earned your share of summer relaxation, so be sure to take time to sit back, breathe and take in the beautiful effects of your hard work!