Landscaping and Garden Supply in Newburgh and Evansville, IN

Summer Gardening Tips

Summer can be an exciting time for gardening when you think about everything that’s in season, but with rising temperatures, scorching sun, and unwelcome pests taking over, your garden may need a little bit more TLC during this time of year. Dry soil, wilted plants, over-gown weeds, and brown grass are common signs of an unhealthy garden. With little effort you can keep your garden looking fresh and healthy all summer.

Be Smart About Watering.

While the temperature may be warmer and drier, you don’t have to spend every moment of your free time watering your plants. It’s all about being smarter about watering. The typical rule of thumb is to water flowerbeds twice a week with plenty of water. This is more effective than watering the flowerbeds more frequently, with less water.

Don’t Water at Night.

It might seem like a good idea to do this task when you get home from work, but think again. Try avoid watering plants in the evening—the warmth and moisture encourages fungus growth. As we head into the hottest part of the summer, try to do your heaviest watering in the morning. Only water in the evening if the plant really needs it.  Try to avoid watering in the middle of the day when it’s the hottest as the soil will soak up the water faster, leaving less for the plants to use.

Feed Your Plants.

Plants need more than just extra water to endure increasing temperatures and strong sun exposure during the summer months. Place mulch around plantings to help the soil retain moisture and keep plants insulated from high temperatures. It is also important to feed plants throughout the summer season. At Colonial, we recommend Bud&Bloom water soluble fertilizer available at our garden center.

Prune Away.

Keep an eye on your garden and remove any diseased, damaged, or dead debris as they block airflow and growth. If you notice a plant with dead blooms, cut them back now to ensure it grows healthier next season. Light pruning all year encourages steady growth and builds a healthy plant. You’ll also want to be vigilant about dealing with any weeds. They thrive off summer heat and steal nutrients and water from other plants, so catch them before they grow and spread.

Combat Pests.

Bugs can be abundant in the summer months, so much so that it can be overwhelming. It is important to know which types of insects you are dealing with and which products to use. We recommend using an environmentally friendly insecticide like “Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew”.  It can be used on vegetables and ornamental trees and shrubs. Our expert gardeners can help you determine the best treatment plan for your problem areas.

Summer can be an exciting time for gardening when you think about everything that’s in season, but with rising temperatures, scorching sun, and unwelcome pests taking over, your garden may need a little bit more TLC during this time of year. Dry soil, wilted plants, over-gown weeds, and brown grass are common signs of an unhealthy garden. With little effort you can keep your garden looking fresh and healthy all summer.