Chores to do in your Summer Garden

gardenThere has been quite a bit of spring rain which means that your garden is probably growing lusciously. This also means that you have a lot of chores to do in the garden.

It is most important to deadhead flowers. Additionally to encourage summer blooms, shrubs need to be pruned, you need to fertilize, pull weeds, get rid of pests, and dead or diseased wood needs to be cut from trees and shrubs.

It is also important to keep an eye on your plants. If you let them go dry for more than a week, your garden can be seriously damaged. Plants should be watered deeply; you should also keep an eye on how your water is draining by checking the moisture of your soil. This can be done by checking with your finger or a screwdriver to see how wet the soil is. It is important that you check with something that sinks easily into the ground and it should still be muddy after two days of watering.

One really good trick to keep your plants happy and healthy is to spread a layer of compost over your flowerbeds. Your soil will become lighter and more fertile with the use of this organic material. Compost also helps the soil retain moisture, aerate, and drain.

[Via: WashingtonPost]

Chores to do in your Summer Garden was last modified: June 20th, 2008 by admin
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