Top 10 Tips To Refresh The Summer Garden

Top 10 Tips To Refresh The Summer Garden

The advice given below is probably a little to soon and is more appropriate for slightly later in the summer, but read it now and be prepared to act when necessary. The advice covers a broad spectrum of matters starting with Be Waterwise and Keep Cool and ultimately Think Big and Seek Inspiration. To fill in the details read this article by Janet Loughrey which I found on the Garden Design Magazine website.

During the dog days of summer, there’s plenty to do in the garden. With a bit of planning, you can make the best use of your time by prioritizing what needs to be done. Schedule regular time to check off those chores on your to-do list so that you don’t get overwhelmed. And don’t forget to stop and smell the roses! Grill up some dinner, invite friends, relax and enjoy your outdoor oasis.
Be waterwise

Containers, Watering Wand Garden Design Calimesa, CA

Photo by: Janet Loughrey.

Mulch beds with organic matter to suppress weeds and help retain moisture. Use drip irrigation when possible, and water early or late in the day?particularly when using sprinklers or watering wands?to minimize evaporation.
Keep cool
Shade Arbor, Summer Garden Barbara Hilty Landscape Design LLC Portland, OR

Design by: Barbara Hilty. Photo by: Janet Loughrey.

Think of ways to cool off your yard. Plants are nature’s own air conditioner; areas under trees can be up to 20 degrees cooler than adjacent sunny spots. Plant a tree to shade the patio or deck, and locate benches and chairs underneath existing trees. Place a fountain, pool or small portable water feature near your patio for a cooling evaporation effect, and the soothing sound of moving water. Build an arbor and plant quick-growing vines at the base, or install a shade cloth.
Add colorful containers

Summer Container, Colorful Container Suzinn Weiss Garden & Design LLC Portland, OR

Design by: Suzinn Weiss. Photo by: Janet Loughrey.

Keep annual containers looking their best with regular watering, fertilizing and deadheading. In mid-summer, cut back trailing annuals such as petunias and million bells by half and give regular feedings of water-soluble bloom booster fertilizer for a new flush of color. Replace tired-looking plants with new ones for an updated look. Move containers into mixed borders where there are holes or gaps for an element of surprise.

See more at Garden Design Magazine

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