Your Guide To Late Summer Gardening

It is hard to believe that it is already August. It seems like just last week we were blogging about fun things to do this summer and now the summer is beyond halfway over.

With many stores already displaying “back to school” items, you can already sense the stress of parents and students preparing for the next school year.

Don’t fret, after all, summer isn’t over yet and you still have at least a month before the ‘summer vacation’ season is over and the weather starts to officially cool off.

One great late summer activity you can do to help relieve stress of the impending school year is gardening. Depending on where you live and what you’re growing, summer gardening can mean a variety of things ranging from harvesting, pruning and watering to seeding, weeding and feeding.

Whatever garden chore you are currently dealing with, summer gardening brings all of us the common challenge of splitting time between garden upkeep and simply enjoying the fruits of our labor. (Pun Intended)

To help you maximize your stress relief and the time you get to enjoy your garden we bring you these top summer gardening tips:

Water. Water. Water.

Late summer heat waves can wreak havoc if you don’t properly water. Be careful, though, because overwatering can cause just as much damage. Garden professionals recommend watering in the morning hours so the plants can soak up the water before the heat evaporates it.

Weed.

Removing weeds before the rain comes is a great way to prevent them from seeding and overpopulating your garden. It is also important to shade your garden and keep potted plants cool.

Deadhead.

Removing dead heads from annuals and perennials helps encourage continuous bloom throughout the late summer months.

Pest Protection.

Make sure you remove dead fallen leaves, as they can be host to insects that can ruin your garden. You will also want to start applying deer repellant.

Propagate.

According to the New York Botanical Garden blog, this is a great time to propagate spring flowering perennials and herbs. It is also a good time to transfer herbs to pots for winter use.

Plant.

August is a perfect time to plant the following seeds: late season annuals, cool vegetables for fall harvest, late harvest veggies such as carrots, beets and turnips, biennials and broad- and needle-leaved evergreens.

Fertilize.

You should continue to fertilize and mulch your garden throughout the month of August as well as aerate and moisten your compost pile to speed up decomposition.

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