How do we keep our garden looking great even during the heat of the summer?
Water early in the morning
If we didn’t get any rainfall, water plants early in the morning to prevent them from staying wet all night long. This reduces the chance of plants getting fungus or disease.
Apply a thick layer of mulch
Mulch flowerbeds with pine straw and a thick enough layer reduces moisture loss thus encouraging plant growth even during dry stressful summer months.
Remove, cut, and pinch back dead blooms of all flowering annuals and perennials. Tim has been known to occasionally cut them back with electric pruners if necessary. In most cases, perennials like Whirling Butterflies Guara and the yellow flowering Coreopsis will re-boom. After a good haircut, many annuals will bounce back thicker, fuller, greener and healthier ready to bloom again. Don’t forget to add some more osmocote so the plants will look pretty for the rest of the summer.
Keep fountains and birdbaths clean
When it doesn’t rain, birds, butterflies and other wildlife use these vessels for both drinking and bathing water. Scrub your fountain out; add fresh water daily as needed and every so often adds a tablespoon of bleach to keep the water clean.