Summer Gardening Tips

Enjoy summer gardening with your family and create a retreat that also adds great curb appeal to your home. Here are a few helpful suggestions and tips to keep your garden at peak performance during the summer.

Adding mulch is great for plants

According to gardening experts, spreading a 2-inch-deep layer of mulch over your soil is one of the best things you can do for your garden. The mulch blankets the ground keeping it cooler, so your plant roots are happier. It also helps decrease the need for watering plant beds because moisture stays longer in the soil.

Weed your yard and garden

Pull weeds from your garden before they get large because weeds steal moisture and nutrients from your plants. Weeds are easiest to pull when they’re small and it’s easier to pull them – especially in clay soil – when the ground is moist.

Colorful plants add pizzazz

Once summer heat arrives, many spring-blooming annuals fade. Enhance the beauty of your yard by pulling out spent plants and replacing them with summer blooming plants. They will soon provide a beautiful burst of color.

Plant Summer-Blooming Bulbs

It’s also time to plant summer bulbs such as calla, canna, and dahlia. And, get inspired with plants native to North Carolina such as wood anemone, Carolina Lupine, Northern Maidenhair fern, dwarf crested iris, Eastern Blue Star or Swamp Milkweed. Not only is the Swamp Milkweed a host plant for Monarch butterflies, it has a wonderful flower, a nice scent and is attractive to all butterflies.

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