10 Easy Summer Gardening Tips
After gardening for over 30 years I have a few tips for how to maintain your garden without taking too much time and some of my tried and true methods.
1. Cut It Out
By summer you can, and should, cut back any left over leaves from your spring bulbs, like daffodils, and tulips. While you are at it, snoop around and remove any dead branches you see on any shrubs, perennials or annuals. I usually have my pruners in a pocket so that when I’m out watering, weeding or just looking around, I can cut out anything that is dead, bent or diseased.
2. Watering Wisdom
Water in the morning when it’s cool. It’s easier on you, and your plants. If you water during the heat of the day some of it will simply burn off with the sun. If you water at night you may promote mildew and fungus. More importantly, water deeply and well. This is probably the most important lesson I’ve learned while gardening. You are better off watering for a long time twice a week than giving the plants a little sprinkle everyday. Here’s a trick I learned from Felder Rushing of theGestalt Gardener Radio Show. If you like to use a watering can like I do, instead of a hose, go around and water you plants. Then make a second or third trip, allowing for deeper watering. This also helps with impatient people like me to keep moving but still get the job done. By the way, podcasts are a great way to help the time pass when you are doing your gardening chores. Here are my 5 favorite gardening podcasts.
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