As summer begins to wind down, be sure to take full advantage of your landscape, and prepare it for winter as well. Follow these tips to keep your landscape looking great:
- Decorate your home with your garden. Pick fresh flowers for indoors. This will also encourage more blooms on most perennials.
- Remember to clean up after your plants. Continue to weed flower beds. Remove faded blooms.
- Keep the soil of your garden moist by watering twice a day, but do not drown your plants. You want to lightly nurture them with a sprinkler hose, not a hard pressure hose.
- For your herb garden, gather herbs for drying as they mature. Pinch the stems of basil regularly to prevent flowering. Harvest about once a week.
- Take care of your lawn after a hot summer. Make sure to feed lawns with a slow-acting fertilizer and cut your lawn and trim the edges regularly. Watch out for yellow patches or poor growth. Increase watering if you notice any of these signs.
- Remember to order you peony roots because September is peony planting time. You should have peonies in the ground about a month before the average first frost date.
- Be sure to watch for insect, slug and snail, or disease damage throughout the garden, and take the necessary steps to control the problem.