Summers are a gardener’s dream because the most beautiful Dahlias bloom during this time, so naturally summer months are the best time for gardening enthusiasts! It's all like a perfect dream, when the warm sun is shining down on your plants, helping them bloom into beautiful fruits and flowers.
However, soon the pleasant sunlight can become scorching and uninvited pests can take over your beloved plants that you nurtured like a baby. These issues can be easily combatted if you pay close attention and pick up on some common signs that your soil might be unhealthy or pest infected.
Now, you may feel the need to constantly water your plants in order to fight the ever-increasing temperature and summer heat. This is a misconception. Experts believe that instead of watering your plants every day, you need a smarter approach. The rule of thumb most gardeners follow is to water the flowerbeds generously twice a week. This is believed to be more effective than overwhelming your plants with water every day.
The best time to water your garden is during daylight. You may find it convenient to make time after you are done with all your daily chores to look after and water the plants in your garden, but this can be extremely harmful for your plants.
You should NEVER water your plants at night because the warmth and moisture in the evening encourage fungus growth, especially during summers. Morning is the best time to heavily water your plants. You can lightly douche your plants during evening ONLY if they really need it.
Humans need nutrition and it’s no different for plants. Plants need nutrients from water not just to stay alive, but to grow and stay healthy. But during harsh summer conditions, plants need more than just extra water to stay alive.
Placing a 3-inch layer of mulch suitable for your plants in flowerbeds and around plantings helps retain moisture during dry weathers. It also keeps your plants insulated against the summer heat. Another important thing that experts stress upon is plant diet. You need to feed your plants for them to keep blooming despite the high temperatures.
Ask your local gardening shop for the best suited feeder for your plants and preferably get a liquid feeder that attaches directly to your hose so your plants get plenty of food without you having to worry about them burning from the heat.
You need to keep a close eye on your plants because they’re most susceptible to catch diseases during summertime. Being attentive keeps you updated on your plants’ health and find any disease in time before it eats away at your entire garden. Identifying damage or dead debris is crucial because it blocks the plant’s airflow and growth. Experts say that you should cut off any dead blooms on your plants, to ensure they grow back healthier next season.
According to experts’ advice, light pruning all year-round aids steady growth and builds a healthy plant. Another thing you must be careful about are weeds. Especially during hot seasons like mid-summer, weeds thrive, and they may steal water and nutrients from your garden. You must have an eye out for weeds, so you can cut them before they spread all over your garden.
Summer brings along brightness and beauty, with its vibrant blooms like sunflowers, but with all the beauty come some beasts as well. Bugs and pests can be especially stubborn during warm seasons, to the extent that they can become overbearing.
The first step of any war is to know your enemy. Same is the case when it comes to battling pests. You must know what type of insects you’re dealing with and accordingly what products you can use to get rid of them. You can ask the expert at your local gardening shop about what kind of product to use for ants, spiders, ticks and any other type of pest living off your garden.
You can avoid pests by thoroughly watering your plants but not eliminate the danger completely. If you spot any pests on your plants, get an effective pesticide formula and apply a single layer of it on your plants, and continue watering your garden thoroughly.
Good pesticides can keep bugs away from your garden for as long as three months. For flying insects dwelling on your plants, try insect traps, placing them strategically along your garden to catch any wasps, yellow jackets or Japanese beetles leeching off on your garden. Be careful to avoid doors, entrances and other high traffic areas when setting your fly traps.
Most of your garden is exposed to direct sunlight during the day. The sun can be cruel sometimes and just like too much sun exposure is harmful for your skin, it can be damaging for your plants as well. You can get an artificial garden shade to beautify and protect your garden or be creative and create your own shade using other plants! A stunt plant, like a tree can provide calming shade to your flowerbeds and let some sunlight filter through its bush to shine on your flowers without burning them.
Follow these six steps and have a vibrant garden all summer long. To beautify your garden, you can have a variety of different plants. Don’t forget that it’s not just flowers that add beauty to your garden, so diversifying is your best bet. We suggest growing summer vegetables and fruits like corns, beans, tomatoes and mangoes, along with your favorite summertime flowers to have a garden bustling with life. Remember, plants require constant attention, care and LOTS of love!