What to do in the
yard and garden now
There are mid-summer garden jobs
you need keep on top of, but hot, dry weather often slows
down plant growth.
This means that the lazy hazy
days of summer let you relax a bit more.
Now you can walk around the
garden with a cool drink and admire your handiwork.
jobs - in the yard
Keep watering your garden plants
to help them through the heat and dryness; if you're
going on holidays, ask a friend or neighbor to water
your garden and container
Don't forget to water your trees
and shrubs, as they
need adequate moisture to weather the heat. This is
especially important for any new trees and shrubs you
have just planted this season.
Raise the mower setting to cut the
lawn higher so it can better withstand hot, dry weather
of at the height of summer. More tips on lawn
To save water if there are watering restrictions in your community,
consider allowing your lawn to go dormant. It will green up again
when the rains return. See water-wise
Remove weeds before they set seed;
don't forget to look under the crown of plants for stray
weeds you might have missed.
TO DO: IN THE FLOWER GARDEN
Keep deadheading perennials to encourage a second
flush of bloom; see deadheading
Pinch or shear back asters and chrysanthemums
to encourage bushy growth and more flowers.
Cut back any rampant growth or overly
exuberant plants that are smothering their neighbors
and prune back perennials that go dormant, bleeding heart
and oriental poppies, for example.
Take garden notes and/or photographs
to plan future plantings. For more ideas, visit your
local garden center and see what they're selling that's
in bloom now.
Keep on top of the weeding. Luckily
weeds don't grow as quickly in mid-summer. See
If the color in your flower garden
seems to be over, make a list of plants to add to give
flower and foliage color in late summer and fall. See
all-season color for tips.
Look at spring bulb catalogues and
start making a list of flowering bulbs you to add for
more color in the garden next season. See
flower bulbs for ideas.
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