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9 Summer Gardening Tips

In order for your garden to survive during those hot summer months, good preparation is critical. Summer means different things to different gardeners in different states of the US. While many southern, western and central regions bake dry, for instance, the steamy deep south is rejuvenated by drenching rain storms. But for all of us, summer brings common challenges, such as dividing time and effort between keeping our gardens in good shape, and enjoying them during the summer holidays.

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1. Take Care Of Budding Plants

Do your flouring shrubs such as roses drop its buds and flowers? As roses and others start budding in spring & summertime, sudden loss of buds and flowers is often a consequence of the plants drying out, particularly when they are growing in pots & containers. Mulching and water deeply once or twice weekly during hot, dry weather will limit this common and frustrating problem.

2. Help Pots & Containers To Stay Cool

Potted plants especially those in terracotta pots, are very vulnerable to overheating. Lightly mulch and, where possible, position them out of the hot sun. Also important to remember is that standing potted plants in saucers of water will cause root rot and mosquito breeding. Instead, stand them in saucers filled with sand, and keep the sand moist. This ensures roots stay cool and plants remain healthy. If you do get to a point where potted plants dry out to the point where re-wetting is hard, soak them in a bucket of water for half an hour, then drain. Self Watering Bulbs

3. Water Early To Avoid Mildew

Water in the morning as the best time to water is when it’s cool. If you do decide to water in the afternoon make sure to allow for enough time for the foliage to dry out before the sunsets. This greatly reduces the risk of mildew and other fungi attacking your plant. Plants such as roses, pumpkins, melons, zucchini and cucumber are especially prone to mildew. Spray plants weekly with a solution made from one part vegetable oil, one part water and a little detergent, then shake well. This white liquid (Also called “white oil”) can easily be sprayed onto your plants. Repeat after heavy rain or irrigation. This will greatly reduce mildew damage. Retractable Spraying Rod

4. Fertilizing Your Plants

If you only have the time to water your plants occasionally, then try to water plants as deeply as possible and use that opportunity to simultaneously feed and correct mineral deficiencies your plants might have. Apply a soluble fertiliser with added seaweed solution. Also don’t forget to deeply water and feed your fruit trees if you’re lucky enough to have them to keep them healthy and to assist them in forming sweet & juicy fruit.

5. Keeping Your Lawn Healthy And Lush

Looking after your lawn at the height of summer is not easy and the burning sun can easily dry out and turn your lawn into a brown, weed infested mess. Cutting your lawn too short will accelerate this process, therefor it’s best to keep your lawn a bit longer than you usually would to protect the soils and the roots from the burning sun. Not only that, but you will be watering less and it will keep the dreaded weeds at bay. A once a week deep watering with a little fertilizer will keep your lawn beautiful and green throughout the summer.

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6. Keeping The Watering Up

Always water in the cool of the day and a once a week deep watering is much better than a daily sprinkle. Keeping the roots cool and moist is critical for your plants survival. When you use irrigation systems and hoses, make sure they’re free of leaks, and keep the nozzles clean. If you’re lucky enough to have a rainwater tank, make sure all your gutters are free of debris and the water can freely flow into the tank.

7. Do All The Gardening When It’s Cool

This sounds like commonsense, but It’s always better if you complete hard work such as mowing, planting & digging in the cool of the day, either before 10am or after 4pm. If you wait until it’s too hot, you won’t enjoy the work and you’ll probably get sunburned in the process. Always drink enough water and wear sun protection. This way your garden survives and you will keep on enjoying your garden. Professional Grafting Tool

8. Always Protect New Plants

Freshly planted seedlings, vegetables and shrubs will most likely need some “sun hardening” to prevent them from shock and drying out. You could easily achieve this with shade cloth or if you have enough space, a shade house to help your plants establish during those hot times.

9. Planning Shade Strategically

Southern boundaries may benefit from some extra shade, but will this make a solar panel inefficient? Strategically placing a deciduous tree or vine will shield your house, garden and your family from the searing sun. Deciduous trees and shrubs are perfect for the job as in winter they will provide much needed sun through the branches to provide you with light and a bit of warmth. XL Garden Grow Bag, Small Garden grow bag, White Round Planter

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