From the experts at Fran’s Flowers
As we bask in the zenith of summer, our gardens transform into a vibrant tableau of color, entrancing scents, and the lively hum of diligent pollinators. The work and nurturing we’ve poured into our gardens since spring have now unfolded into a rich tapestry of flourishing landscapes. While July is a month to marvel at this botanical display, it also brings an array of essential tasks to ensure our gardens remain vibrant and captivating for the rest of the season. Here at Fran’s Flowers, we’ve composed a list of indispensable mid-summer gardening tasks.
1. Prioritize Hydration Summers can bring intense heat, making adequate watering critical. Aim to water your plants early in the morning to minimize evaporation and help prevent the spread of plant diseases. A drip irrigation system can serve as an efficient and water-conserving method to ensure your plants stay well-hydrated.
2. Tackle the Weeds The ample sunlight and consistent watering that summer brings can lead to a quick proliferation of weeds if not carefully controlled. Regular hoeing and hand-weeding can prevent these unwelcome guests from seeding and taking over your garden. A hearty layer of mulch can help suppress weed growth and keep plant roots cool.
3. Attend to Your Summer-Flowering Shrubs After your summer-flowering shrubs, such as hydrangeas and spireas, have completed their season, they’ll benefit from a thorough pruning. This helps stimulate robust growth and promises a striking floral display in the following year.
4. Keep Up with Deadheading The consistent removal of spent blooms from your flowers not only keeps your garden looking tidy but also encourages the plant to direct its energy towards producing more flowers rather than seeds.
5. Maintain Regular Harvesting If you’re growing fruits and vegetables, note that frequent harvesting encourages plant productivity. From beans to zucchinis, berries to tomatoes, be sure to pick your produce as soon as it’s ripe to spur further growth.
6. Be Vigilant of Pests and Diseases Keep an eye out for any signs of pests and diseases. From Japanese beetles to powdery mildew, summer pests and diseases can quickly escalate if not swiftly dealt with. Opt for environmentally friendly solutions when possible, and remember, a healthy plant is your best line of defense against pests and diseases.
7. Prepare for Fall Though it might seem premature, July is a perfect time to start planning for your fall garden. Begin by ordering your fall bulbs and seeds, and consider sowing fall crops like kale and cabbage towards the end of the month.
8. Support Your Plants with Nutrition As your plants are in their period of rapid growth, they’re consuming a great deal of nutrients. Assist them by applying a slow-release granular fertilizer or providing regular liquid feedings.
9. Revel in Your Garden Remember to take time to relish the beauty of your garden. Whether it’s relaxing with a refreshing drink, hosting a delightful summer barbecue, or just taking a peaceful stroll amidst your vibrant plants, remember that the joy of gardening is as important as the work involved.
The team at Fran’s Flowers is always ready to support your gardening needs. Whether it’s tools, plants, or expert advice you require, we’re dedicated to helping your July garden blossom. Here’s to the joy of July and the enchantment of summer gardening in your personal sanctuary!