You have worked so hard to maintain your garden and keep it looking beautiful but as late summer approaches, the heat can wreak havoc on that precious garden. So, as the temperature rises into the last month of summer, you want to be prepared to get the most out of your garden.
We’ve compiled these top 5 tips for managing and maintaining your garden in the later part of summer when the heat can be difficult to manage.
1. Water well, and water early. The heat will soak up all of the moisture in the air and on your plants quickly. It is best to avoid watering in the middle of the day for that reason. Try watering your plants and lawns very early in the morning to give the vital moisture time to reach thirsty roots.
2. Use your clippings for mulch. Give your younger plants some extra love with the mulch from your lawn. This is an eco-friendly way to nourish your plants with what you already have! Just make sure your mulch is free of weeds and seeds.
3. Snip old or dying blooms. You can help extend the life of your late-summer blooms by cutting the dead flowers as soon as they fade. This will trigger your plants to put all its energy into new buds versus creating new seeds.
4. Screen the Sun. When the sun’s rays are just too intense for some plants, a wire hoop or shade netting is an easy solution for some screening or shade.
5. Mow lawns strategically. In the summer, it’s important to raise the cutting height on your lawnmower. Longer blades of grass help keep the roots cooler on hot summer days. You’ll also want to cut grass in the cool of the evening to give the lawn time to recover.
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