Helpful Summer Gardening Ideas

It’s officially summer! Here are five tips to keep your garden in tip-top shape this season.

Tip #1 – Water Efficiently
Summer brings pool parties, beach days, and of course, more heat. Everyone knows they need to water their plants, but the key to success is when to water.  The best time to water your garden is in the morning when the air is cool and the sun is low. By doing so, less water will be lost through evaporation and your flowers will have time to dry out, reducing the risk of diseases and mold.

You also want to make sure you are watering properly. Focus on the root area, not always the leaves. The roots are what actually need access to water.

Tip #2 – Fertilize well
As the weather gets hot, your plants need proper soil to withstand the heat and humidity. When planting, use organic compost or try liquid fertilizer after a few weeks of planting. Use plenty of soil, which will stabilize soil temperature and help retain moisture.

Another suggestion is adding a layer of mulch on top of the soil to reduce the rate of evaporation and runoff.

Tip #3 – Watch for pests
Keep an eye on your garden to stop any type of pest infestation. You may need to pick off insects daily to keep your plants healthy. If you do choose to treat your plants, always use a natural, environmentally safe solution. Use any type of treatment sparingly, as it will kill good and bad bugs! For vegetable gardens, a lightweight cover is a great option for keeping bugs and pests away.

Tip #4 – Add color for beauty
The first thing everyone notices in a blooming summer garden is the color. A colorful garden can’t be missed and with variations of yellow, blue, and pink, there’s no place we’d rather spend a cool summer evening.

Add hydrangeas alone or mixed in a group for an unforgettable effect. Dahlias and roses are other flowers that do well in full sun. These flowers are perfect for that pop of color your garden needs.

Tip #5 – Prune Away
Keep an eye on your garden for any diseased, damaged, or dead debris, they block airflow and growth. If there’s a plant with dead blooms, cut them back to ensure it grows healthier next season. Light pruning all year encourages steady growth and builds a healthy plant. Also, be vigilant about dealing with any weeds. Weeds thrive off summer heat and steal nutrients and water from other plants, so catch them before they grow and spread.

Greco’s Nursery is a local nursery that offers a great selection of plants and flowers for any garden. Greco’s address is 12219 E 11 Mile Road, Warren, 48093.

Also, the Warren Garden Club is always looking for new members! The club assists in landscaping the Warren Community Center courtyard, and they also have other fun projects such as the “Plant a Seed” program. To join the Warren Garden Club, call Sue at 586-264-9407. Happy gardening!