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Summer Maintenance Tips

Backyard Garden Guru Lawn & Gardening Tips for Summer

  1. Mowing frequency continues to be high.  Grass should still be cut no shorter than 2 ½ to 3 inches high.  Try not to cut off more than 1 inch at a time.  Grass clippings are great for the yard so leave them on the lawn if you only cut an inch off.  They will be gone in 48 hours through decay.
  2. New growth is beginning to flush out on shrubbery so pruning is likely needed.  Most shrubs can be pruned at this time.
  3. Monitor shrubs, flowers and vegetables for insects.  Remember just because you see holes and ragged leaves do not mean it is insect damage.  It well may be where water has stood on the leaves and caused them to rot.  If you don’t see bugs you likely don’t have bug problems.
  4. Beds should be weeded on a weekly basis.  If you wait the weeds will be so big they are hard to pull.  An old household spray bottle with a mild mixture of roundup is a great way to keep beds clean.
  5. Lawns are loaded with broadleaf weeds.  An application of broadleaf weed control every 6 to 8 weeks is the only way to have a weed free lawn.  An application of weed and feed only kills the weeds that are there when it is applied; it does not keep new weeds from coming into the lawn.
  6. If you are irrigating your lawn (with all the rain I don’t know why you would be) one application per week of an inch is much better than 20 minute bursts of water daily.
  7. If you are watering newly planted shrubs and trees a deep watering once a week is much better than a daily watering.
  8. Beds can be mulched now if needed.  Try to never have the mulch deeper than 2 to 3 inches with 2 being best.  Don’t pile the mulch against the base of plants.
  9. If your vegetable garden is planted in the ground you likely will do more harm than good at present by watering.  That may change if the summer gets hot and dry.  Try to keep the water off the leaves if you do water.


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