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Summer Gardening and Landscaping

At this very hot, dry time of the year, it is a good idea to keep gardening/yard chores to a minimum, but there are some things we must or can do. Try to get things done as early in the morning as possible and drink plenty of liquids (water is the best choice). If you are in the sun, wear a broad brimmed hat for protection.

Here are a few “must do” items:
Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well watered. As with every plant, a long slow watering is better than several fast shallow watering.
Mulch is very important for plants, as it will keep soil temperature cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Mulch also helps water soak into the soil instead of evaporating.
This is a good time to build new beds for fall planting.
If you plan to move irises or share rhizomes, you can do it now while they are dormant. Water the rhizomes in when you move them.
Here are some “can do” items:
If you are going to have a fall garden, it is decision time. Sketch a plan or make a list of the plants you are going to include; tomatoes, peppers and squash are good choices.
Check with the County Extension Office for a list of suggestions of what to plant in your area. May be you will find something new to try.
Take some photos of your landscape to have as you go through the gardening books and seed catalogs during the winter to plan for next spring.