Your garden may be filled with blooming flowers and luscious green foliage, but that doesn’t mean you can sit back and relax for the rest of the summer. As any gardener will tell you, there are always chores that can be done to keep your flowers and plants looking their best. During this time of the year—from late July to September, the garden will be in full bloom and the main tasks including harvesting, deadheading and weeding.
Here is a checklist of things to do in the late summer to keep your garden looking its best:
- Late summer is one of the hottest times of the year. Don’t forget to give your plants enough water. Make sure the soil in the container plants don’t dry out completely. Water deeply and thoroughly.
- Due to the extra watering, plant pests can become an issue. Keep an eye out for slugs, aphids, and earwigs and handle accordingly.
- Continue to weed on a regular basis to keep them in control.
- Remove faded flowers (deadhead), both annuals and perennials, to encourage new blooms and to make them more attractive.
- Pinch back on tall and “leggy” plants.
- If you like, you can replace your faded annuals that were planted earlier in the season with new late summer or fall blooming annuals.
- Seeds for fall-blooming flowers (i.e pansies, marigolds, dianthus) can be planted now.
- Spring-flowering perennials, such as irises, daylilies, and cannas can be divided now.
- Prune dead branches from trees and shrubs. Late summer is the best time to prune wisteria.
Late summer can be unbearably hot, so don’t forget to stay cool when gardening. Drink lots of water and wear a hat. And it’s probably a good idea to go out early in the morning than in the middle of the afternoon-when the sun is at its peak!