ItÂ’s both tempting and enjoyable to just sit out and admire our landscape, but, as you well know, a gardenerÂ’s work is never done and we can always see a few more things that need tending to.
Our long, hot summer will take its toll on some of the annuals in your garden and containers, especially things like petunias and pansies. Just remember that annuals are, by nature, short-lived plants. Although many remain growing and blooming throughout the summer months with minimal attention, others may need some workÂ—deadheading, cutting back or replacing altogether.
We have come up with a few mid-summer reminders for perking up the garden.
LetÂ’s start with the basics soil and watering
The main event in the garden is the plants
Try replacing these early season show-offs in mid-summer with later blooming plants. Remember - larger sized plants can make an instant impression!
DonÂ’t forget to use pesticides and fertilizers.
In an ideal garden situation, most annuals donÂ’t require a lot of supplemental fertilizer. Regular (twice month or so) fertilization is a good start, use high quality balanced fertilizer. Use pesticide as soon as you notice a problem, this will help to prevent the spread of the pest and a much larger problem later.
Please use mulch in your beds! Bark or gravel will greatly reduce the loss of soil moisture due to evaporation, and keep the ground cooler as well. Mulch also keeps weeds in check and those that do grow will be easier to pull. Remember organic mulches, such as bark and especially compost, break down and improve the soil structure, giving future generations of plants a nicer home to grow in!
Really, all of this isnÂ’t a lot to do and it will give your garden and plants that mid-summer boost and let you really take the maximum amount of pleasure in your garden for the longest time.