Summer Gardening Tips
The summer gardening season is here. Here are some tips for dealing with this sometimes challenging season.
Mulching is the best way to retain the moisture and keep roots cool. Along with its ability to control weeds a layer of mulch can absorb and keep moisture in the soil. Various types of mulch are available, but we recommend a shredded hardwood.
Soaker hoses are a great way to distribute water to the roots of your plants without losing large amounts to evaporation. You can set the hoses up to weave among your planting beds either above or below the mulch and they work incredibly well when establishing new plantings.
Soil amendments are a great way to enrich the soil you currently have. Ideally you would mix compost or manure into you beds before planting. However, if you have existing plants, you can top dress your plantings with a thin layer or amendments and work them into the soil if possible.
Moisture holding granules and gels are often a component in potting mixes. These products mix with the soil and swell up to absorb water. As the soil dries out the polymer releases the moisture it was holding into your soil.
Watering your plants deeply rather than only spraying the foliage is a another water wise tip to employ this summer. Early morning is a great time to water but water anytime when the plant is dry to avoid distress.