Dig into these Summer Gardening Tips

Now that the deep-freeze of winter has finally dissipated and the ground has thawed, Summer 2019 is the perfect time to dig in and start a garden. Or, for those with gardens already in existence, now is a great time to spruce it up (if your precious plants survived the winter months). Whip out your gardening gloves and follow these tips for a delightfully fragrant summer garden.

1. Watch for Weeds

Basic science tells us that with warmer weather also comes weeds. Although inevitable, there are ways to keep the weeds fairly under control. To keep your summer garden protected from weeds, applying mulch and utilizing weed mats are two great ways to keep things under control. When watering, try your best to only water the plants you want, and not weeds. 

2. Set a Monthly Fertilization Schedule

Fertilizing your garden at least once a month, especially during the summer months, will be great for growth. Another great idea is to add minerals to the soil whenever you fertilize. Minerals made specifically for gardening can be found at any local hardware store. The most important thing to remember here is nutrients, nutrients, nutrients.

3. Soil Preparation

For optimal growth, you will want to purchase soil that allows room for roots to spread fairly quickly and deeply. If you are not sure how great your current soil is in this respect, there are some simple tricks that you can use. Tilling your garden helps break up the soil and ultimately leaves more room for water and nutrients (see tip #2) to spread more efficiently. 

4. Remove Insects 

This one may seem gross, but it is important to set up a daily schedule of removing insects from your garden. Bug infestation happens quickly, and most times right under your nose. Removing any evident bugs on a daily basis will help prevent infestation before it has any real chance of beginning. In the event that your garden does fall victim to an infestation, there are steps you can take to remedy it. Try using diacotomus earth, an organic substance that scratches the exoskeleton of the insect and eventually causes it to dehydrate without the use of harsh chemicals. Because this substance is chemical free, you don't have to worry about spraying it on plants that you plan on consuming. 

5. Throw Out Dead Foliage/Leaves

Spring and summer flowers like tulips and daffodils will eventually have foliage that dies off. As soon as you notice yellowing leaves, remove them. Immediate removal will prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of the flower. Always remember that green leaves are healthy, but yellow leaves are infected. 

6. Keep it Colorful

One of the best aspects of summer is the colors. Use your garden as a reflection of the season by adding a pop of color to your garden this summer. Don't be afraid to trim dead, drab looking plants to reveal the vibrant colors waiting to peak out underneath. If you have a dull plant that can't seem to be spruced up no matter how much trimming you do, replace it with a new one.

7. Find Inspiration

Determining how you want your garden to look can be tough, especially for those who are new at gardening. Luckily, summer is perfect for inspiration. Plan a visit to your local botanical garden or park to plant some stellar inspiration in your garden ideas. Take note of certain landscape configurations and plant pairings that you want to try out for yourself.

8. Location, Location, Location

Summer can be a double edged sword when it comes to gardening. While it is the best time of year for soil consistency, excessive heat can be damaging to certain garden plants and flowers. When searching for the perfect planting site, try to find an area that allows for ample sunlight in the morning but shade in the afternoon. 

9. Avoid Over-Watering

The summer months are typically pretty dry, which often makes it tempting to give your garden a little too much water. For optimal watering, try to water early in the morning and late at night and only use enough water to keep the soil moist. 

10. Spacing is Everything

Like any living thing, plants will compete with each other for life essentials like water, nutrients, and sunlight. When you place plants too close to one another, they will soon overgrow one another and eventually become out of control. If you see any plants that have been over fed, do not be afraid to trim them. Additionally, ample spacing is important because your plants need to have adequate air circulation in order to prevent insect infestations and the spread of disease. 

Whether your garden is in your backyard or somewhere else in your local community, these 10 tips will help you create the perfect seasonal garden this summer. Not only are gardens great to make on your own, but cultivating a garden as a group can also be a bonding experience for friends and family. Once you kickstart your garden, keep us updated on your progress and tag us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/C21Affiliated/. 

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