Summer Gardening Tips
Summer is a time of insects, and without proper treatment your garden, flower beds and beautiful bushes will be completely damaged or eaten. To have everything under control you have to spray special chemical products on both sides of the leaves to protect your plants from inspect attacks, especially aphids and white flies. You can also order some quantity of ladybugs, which will help you with such an uneasy problem.
If there are rose bushes in your garden you have to prune them after their first bloom. Thus you'll help them to grow better. Check your garden to see whether there are some dead wood or dry leaves and be attentive to the black spots on the leaves – your plants may be affected by some kind of disease. To get rid of black spots you can use a homemade mean: take a gallon of water and mix it with dishwashing liquid (1/3 of teaspoon) and baking soda (1 tablespoon).
In mid-summer time, when the heat becomes really heavy, watering pots and irrigation hoses will be of great importance. It's better to water the plants in the morning or in the evening, but not in the middle of the day when the sun is too hot. Plants should be watered at the roots, don't pour water on top of the leaves.
Removal of the weeds during the hot weather is not difficult. You can easily unearth the weeds in sunny summer days, using, for example, a hoe, and just leave them lying on the ground. Dried weeds will form a layer of mulch and thus protect the ground from drying out. If you fulfill this procedure regularly, soon your garden will be completely free from weeds.
If there are dahlias in your garden, you have probably noticed that they start blooming in August, and the duration of blooming depends on the sort. Cut the large flowering branches to promote the formation of new shoots. In addition, cut flowers can bring a joy to you and your family.
The end of the summer is the best time to start preparing for next season, for example, reproduction of perennial plants. Divide the plants along the entire length, including roots using a knife or a shovel. After the separation, plants should be transplanted to an appropriate area in the garden and well watered. This procedure provides good growth in the new place, resulting in plants doubling the amount of flowers.