Spring is long gone and we’re smack dab in the middle of summer. While it’s an overall fun time for us, your garden may not agree.
How to Refresh Your Garden This Summer
Many plants enter dormancy when summer rolls around. It’s their survival response stimulated by unfavorable environmental conditions, such as high temperatures, dryness, and long days under the sun. But, that doesn’t mean your plants are dead or that you have to put up with a tired-looking garden. Perk up your season-worn garden with these simple, low-cost ideas:
Much Ado About Mulch
One of the biggest reasons plants go dormant in the summer is because they need to conserve water. With weeds in the garden, that would be hard to do since these parasitic plants rob your soil and your other plants of important nutrients and water.
This summer, remove weeds as soon as they crop up. Protect your garden from further weed growth by spreading a layer of fresh mulch over the soil. This helps plants retain water and remain healthy, and also keeps weeds at bay.
Plant Pretty Perennials
In the middle of the summer, early blooming flowers like irises and violets will start to droop then completely lose their blooms in late summer.
Fill your custom outdoor planters with fresh colors by potting up sun-loving perennials, such as purple coneflower, black-eyed Susan, and coreopsis. These bright-colored flowering plants are drought-tolerant and require little maintenance apart from regular watering.
Make Your (Garden) Beds
Just like you wouldn’t want to sleep in a messy bed, your plants will have a hard time growing in garden beds filled with dead leaves and debris. Dead and unhealthy plant materials become a perfect refuge for pests and diseases, such as fungal spores, which can infect the growth of your healthy plants.
So, take out that rake from the shed and rake up old leaves, unhealthy plants, and other debris lining your garden beds. Then, fill up any holes in your garden beds with compost so your plants can get the nutrients they desperately need in the middle of a hot summer.
Prune Your Plants
As mentioned earlier, one of the effects of the summer heat in plants is dormancy. Flowers will stop blooming and, if you have edibles, they’ll have a hard time producing crops. Apart from that, though, leaves will also wilt from summer stress, turn brown, or completely fall off branches.
By pruning your plants, you can help them look more attractive and keep them healthy. You’ll be able to eliminate the dead, dying, or diseased wood, which could spread to other parts of the plant. Pruning can also reduce the number of limbs so the energy of a plant is diverted not into expanding, but growing more flowers or fruits instead.
Keep Your Garden Fresh and Colorful
Don’t let the midsummer gardening blues hit your beautiful plants. The tips above can help you be more proactive about revitalizing your garden.
Additionally, PolyStone Planters is here to support your gardening needs. Our lightweight, weatherproof, and durable garden planters can be your partner for summer garden revitalization success.
Visit PolyStone Planters today and get your custom outdoor planters.