The key to achieving anything worthwhile is to have an efficient plan. If you want your garden to survive the summer, you need to determine the best approach to watering your garden, the best approaching for mowing, for weeding, and even for fertiliser and the type of plants you have in your garden.
Use mulch with shredded cedar bark or dried grass clippings to lock in moisture and keep the ground cool. Mulch is any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, prevent frost heaving in winter, and make the garden bed look more attractive.
Before you water, check if your plants are wilted. Go ahead and water deeply if they are wilted. This will encourage the roots to grow deeper away from the surface of the hot sun.
To prevent potting soils from drying out too quickly, use absorbent coir coconut fibre at the bottom of pots or add it to soilless mixes when planting.
The best way to keep on top of weeds in your garden is to watch out for them every morning while watering your garden. Make a habit of checking each row for weeds, removing any you see no matter the size.
If your spring blooms aren’t faded enough to pull, start helping them out by pulling off their weak and wilted blooms. This method, called deadheading, helps the plant stop making seeds and start allocating its resources to the remaining healthy blooms. This helps the flower live longer and maintain its vibrant color.
Those delicate spring blooms that stole your heart a few months ago are probably starting to look a bit faded by now. That means it’s time to plant some blooms that love the heat! Replace your faded pansies with summer annuals like ageratum, pentas, zinnia, and angelonia.
To maintain that beautiful landscaped look, make sure you aren’t cutting your grass too short. In the summer, grass is healthier when it has enough leaf surface to protect itself from the sun.