Summer Garden and Landscape Tips

Can you tell it's summertime? Bright green foliage, fireflies, thunderstorms, county fairs, and the smell of freshly cut grass. Your cone flowers, hydrangeas, butterfly bushes, irises, and lilies should all be starting to bloom. Apple, pear, peach, and plum trees are producing their fruit and you're probably at the pool missing all the action!

I don't blame you, but there is some work to be done if you want to maintain a beautiful garden and landscape. Follow these summer landscaping tips to ensure your garden stays healthy and produces beautiful blooms year after year.

Summer storm on the horizon.

Summer storm on the horizon.

PRUNING

Coreopsis

Coreopsis

  • Deadheading your perennials and flowers will keep your garden looking its best with multiple blooms and neat looking beds. The term deadheading refers to the cutting of already bloomed flowers. Many plants will re-bloom after removal of old seed heads. Especially roses. When the dead flower is cut, the plant follows its natural instinct and attempts to grow more flowers in order to reproduce through seed germination. 

 

  • -Cut rose at a 45 degree angle slightly above the node to promote optimal bloom.
    -Cut daylilies and any flowers with leafless stems at the base 
    -Use shears or hedge trimmers to cut geranium and coreopsis 
    -Deadhead rhododendrons, lilacs and perennials after flowering
  • Feel free to prune spring flowering shrubs, evergreens, and any crossing or dead branches.

MAINTENANCE 

  • Cultivate your beds to prevent weed growth
  • Set supports for floppy plants like peonies 
  • You can spray your roses with a baking soda solution to prevent from black spot disease
  • Adjust your mower height accordingly(I suggest 3.5") during the hot summer months 
  • Mulch your flower beds to help retain moisture for your plants
  • Water your annuals and new plantings 

PLANTING

Harvesting asparagus. 

Harvesting asparagus. 

  • Take notice of any areas around your home where shade could help cool your home naturally.
  • Protect freshly planted vegetables and flower seedlings with a 50% shadecloth or old net curtains
  • Summer is a good time to plant fruit trees
  • Stop harvesting asparagus and rhubarb 
  • Harvest cool-weather lettuce, radishes, and scallions
  • You should be done planting summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas, and cannas
  • If required, divide early flowering perennials
  • Create a small moat around your plants to help channel water into the roots

MISCELLANEOUS 

  • Don't water your plants and lawn at night to prevent mildew and fungus diseases 
  • Create a water catchment to collect rain water which comes very valuable during droughts 
  • Move house plants outdoors to give them a boost
  • Work around the heat (early morning or in the evening)
  • Herbs are best harvested when they are just beginning to flower
  • Pick green tomatoes when the daytime temperature no longer reaches 65 degrees F
Mophead hydrangea

Mophead hydrangea

Who needs a vacation when you have a list of these fun gardening activities! Instead of catching a tan by the pool, why not enjoy the sun's rays while being productive? Get out there and experience the joy of harvesting your own fruits and vegetables.

There is something very satisfying about eating the food you have grown and seeing your plants thrive. If you have any questions regarding summer landscaping and gardening please leave a comment, I will be glad to help.


-Shem Ruszczyk