Here are a few helpful suggestions and tips to keep your gardens at their peak performance during the summer months.
Weed once a week
Now is the time when tiny weed seedlings become huge monsters almost overnight. Pull them by hand or hoe them before they use the nutrients in the soil intended for your vegetables, annuals and perennials.
Feed the Roses
Any other heavy feeders should be fed now too. Continue to feed them once per month until frost. Most heavy feeders use a great quantity of soil nutrients to produce those big bold blooms we all love. Keep them producing regularly with regular applications of liquid fertilizer. Some compost isn’t a bad idea either.
Dead head remaining spring bulbs that have faded
Clip off any seed pods that may have formed on your daffodils, tulips, grape hyacinths, etc. This will encourage growth underground for next year’s blooms. Leave the foliage and let it die back naturally. This lets the plant feed itself and the parent bulb for next spring as well. Plant spreading annuals such as lively petunias next