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Proper Garden Upkeep in the Summer: Tips from Yard Market Nursery

Summer is everyones favorite season of sunshine, vibrant blooms, and lush greenery. However, the heat and longer days can also pose challenges for maintaining a thriving garden. At Yard Market Nursery we want to help you maintain the health and wellness of your garden and keep it beautiful all summer long. Here are our top tips for proper garden upkeep during the summer months.

1. Water Wisely

Proper watering is essential for garden health, especially during the hot summer months.

  • Early Morning or Late Evening: Water your garden in the early morning or late evening to minimize evaporation and give plants time to absorb moisture.

  • Deep Watering: Water deeply and less frequently to encourage deep root growth, which helps plants withstand dry periods.

  • Drip Irrigation: Consider installing a drip irrigation system to deliver water directly to the roots, reducing water waste and ensuring even moisture distribution.

2. Mulch for Moisture Retention

Mulching is a great way to conserve soil moisture, regulate temperature, and reduce weed growth.

  • Organic Mulch: Use organic mulch such as wood chips, straw, or compost. Spread a 2-3 inch layer around your plants, but keep it away from the stems to prevent rot.

  • Benefits of Mulch: Mulch helps maintain soil moisture, keeps roots cool, and suppresses weeds, making your garden easier to maintain.

3. Prune and Deadhead Regularly

Regular pruning and deadheading can promote healthy growth and extend the blooming period of your plants.

  • Deadheading: Remove spent blooms from flowering plants to encourage new growth and more blooms. This also prevents plants from expending energy on seed production.

  • Pruning: Trim back overgrown or leggy plants to maintain their shape and improve air circulation. This can help prevent diseases and encourage more robust growth.

4. Feed Your Plants

Summer is a time of rapid growth, and your plants will benefit from regular feeding.

  • Slow-Release Fertilizer: Apply a slow-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season to provide a steady supply of nutrients.

  • Liquid Fertilizer: Use a liquid fertilizer every few weeks for a quick nutrient boost, especially for container plants and heavy feeders like tomatoes and annual flowers.

5. Control Pests and Diseases

Summer brings a variety of pests and diseases that can harm your plants.

  • Regular Inspections: Check your plants regularly for signs of pests or disease. Early detection can prevent serious infestations and damage.

  • Natural Remedies: Use natural pest control methods such as neem oil, insecticidal soap, or introducing beneficial insects like ladybugs and predatory nematodes.

  • Healthy Plants: Keep your plants healthy with proper watering, feeding, and care, as healthy plants are more resistant to pests and diseases.

6. Protect Against Heat Stress

High temperatures can stress your plants, but there are ways to protect them.

  • Shade Cloth: Use shade cloth to protect delicate plants from intense sunlight and reduce heat stress.

  • Mulch: Mulching helps keep the soil cool and retain moisture, providing a buffer against extreme temperatures.

Follow these tips to ensure the life of your garden and to survive during these hot summer months! Come on down to Yard Market for expert advice and for all your gardening needs, anywhere from plants to supplies.

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