It’s time to transition our gardens as we leap into Summer! Enjoy the sound of water, summer breezes, & fun projects. Here’s our top tips for a beautiful outdoors!
Check out our June Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!
1. Plant heat-loving summer color!
Revamp your old spring annuals with some eye-popping, die-hard flowers for summer. Flowers like Purslane, Zinnias, Moss Rose, Periwinkles, and Sweet Potato Vine will need water but thrive in our Summer heat. If you are so inclined, try adding spineless Prickly Pear, Texas Sage, and other desert beauties that add color and form to landscapes.
2. Water… simple and so important!
We need more water and so will our plants. Water in the morning or evening before 10am or after 6pm. Keep the water on the plants, soil, lawn, flowerbeds, not in the gutter, sidewalk, or street. Sprinkler systems are great for established lawns and landscapes. Water established lawns once a week. New plantings really need to be hand watered to ensure the water is getting to the root system. Check new plantings daily for water needs. Pro tip: Use a moisture meter! We carry them and can show you how easy they are to use. They’ve saved many plants!
3. Tropical Plants Inside and Out!
Enjoy AND benefit from having tropical plants indoors. They’re beautiful & help rid the air of pollutants from fabrics, carpets, paints and other household items. They also look spectacular on a shady patio set in pretty pots. Check out Sansevieria, Philodendron, & Hoya varieties for easy care and big impact!
4. Gardening with kids!
There’s such joy spending time with kids outdoors teaching them about gardening. Simple projects like planting zinnia seeds & letting them care for them. They can help scout for bugs in the garden, harvest veggies, pull weeds, & even water. Most important…encourage wonder & respect for our planet!
5. Watch for bugs!
Yes, they will be around more during the summer. Treat the lawn with Bayer Season Long Grub Control if you see brown areas in the lawn that are easily pulled up, usually a sign of grubs eating the roots of your grass. Chinch bugs love hot dry areas in lawns. They make the lawn look dried out along sidewalks and pavement. Treat with Cyonara, or Triazicide in easy ready-to-spray bottles. For organic control, use Spinosad or Diatomaceous Earth.
5. Crape Myrtles – Choose While Blooming!
Crape myrtle trees are just starting their summer bloom cycle. Best to choose your color now while they’re in bloom, then get them planted to enjoy them for now and years to come. You must plan to water them or check them every day during this summer. Crape Myrtles are water needy when first planted.