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Summer Gardening Tips
Weeding & Pest Control
Summer has arrived and it’s time to clear out any weeds from your
flowerbeds, the lawn, and around trees and shrubs. Plants will need
more frequent watering and fertilizing; however, it is best to do
both in the early morning hours before the heat and humidity rise.
Aphids, snails, slugs, and other pests begin to be a real problem,
as the weather grows warmer. There are various sprays and powders
that can be used to rid the garden of these, or a mild solution of
detergent and water may be applied.
Annual plants that will tolerate the full sun, up to 8 hours a day,
include geraniums, marigolds, verbena, and portulaca. There are
other annuals that do well in summer gardens that are fully shaded,
receiving only two to four hours of direct sun, such as begonias,
impatiens, and coleus. In addition, nasturtiums and snapdragons
will do well in partially shaded gardens, with four to six hours of
sun. In areas that are deeply shaded, it may be best to plant
ferns, English ivy, and other types of ground cover.
Perennials, Rock Plants and Hanging Baskets
Perennial plants such as Shasta daisies take full sun. Hostas,
ferns, and astilbes like a lot of shade, and lamium is a good
choice for gardens in partial shade. Rock plants or Alpines and
herbaceous plants can be started in your summer garden from seeds
or cuttings. Hanging baskets of trailing tomatoes make a nice
addition to your patio garden. Patio plants should be fertilized
weekly and watered twice a day in regions with extremely hot and
Cutting and Pruning
Bedding plants should be fed with liquid plant food in the summer.
It is important to remove or “deadhead,” flowering plants, such as
roses, zinnias, geraniums, salvias, and marigolds in the summer.
Cutting the fading blossoms with sharp scissors or pruning shears
before they turn to seed will encourage continued blooming.
However, heavy pruning of trees, plants, or shrubs should be
avoided in the summer.