“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining,
a breeze is blowing, the birds are singing,
and the lawn mower is broken”.
Summer Choress in the Garden
Summer is for bar-b-ques and hammocks. If you kept up with spring tasks earlier in the year, be proud of yourself for eliminating much of the workload of summer. But don’t spend too much time in the hammock- your yard needs you! Keep up with chores by working outside 30 minutes a day, instead of waiting until the weekend and having to spend several hours of what could be leisure time, working. Visiting your garden on a daily basis, even if only for a few minutes, will help you detect problems early. This can be key to successfully controlling pests, diseases, and weeds.
Deeply water large landscape plants at least once during drought periods. Set your hose on a slow trickle around the drip line of the tree. Remember when you are watering your plants, long slow waterings are always best.
If you don’t have a nice, shady spot for a bench or a few patio chairs, watch the suns patterns during the summer to decide on the best spot to plant a shade tree. Make yourself a note of the spot or mark it with a stone, then plan on planting a nice red maple or maybe a flowering cherry tree in late fall. Trees are one of the best investments you can make in you home.
Remember to turn your hoses off at the house when you go out. The hot sun can sometimes make old hoses burst when under pressure and you don't want that happening when you are out.
July is a good time to feed mixed planters with a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote, the first feeding will be wearing down.
If you need to spray your plants for summertime pests, you should do it early am or at dusk to keep from spraying beneficial pollinators like honeybees and to prevent chemical burn on the foliage.
In early June, apply Bayer Complete Tree and Shrub Care to plants that Japanese beetles like to eat. It works great on crepe myrtles, roses, etc. The systemic action will continue killing the beetles for several weeks.
June is the time to prune all your spring blooming shrubs, like azaleas, spirea, and camellia.
Feed and treat roses with Bayer 3 in 1 Rose and Flower Care.
Add floating plants like water hyacinth to your pond to shade it more during hot summer days.
Weed, weed, weed!!! Keep up with the weeds as best you can to prevent them from going to seed.
Late summer is a great time to create new planting beds. Spray the area with round up and in three to four weeks you will be able to turn the dead grass directly into your garden with compost. By then it will be ready for the fall planting season.
Grow vegetables! It’s one of the healthiest things you can do for your family. Tomatoes, squash, bell peppers, and zucchini are delicious when grilled on the bar-b-que.