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Summer Gardening Tips To Get the Most Out of Your Yard

SPRINGThe temperature is rising and the sun is shining, it is time to get outside and enjoy your garden again! Before you put on your sunscreen and grab your hat it’s important to remember that your garden’s needs change with the season. Following some of these simple summer gardening tips will ensure that you get the most out of your yard!

PROTECTING YOURSELF

The first step to getting the most out of your yard is to protect yourself. After all, no one wants a nasty sunburn to keep them indoors.

– Check the UV index on the weather channel. If it is high put on sunscreen.

– Wear a hat and gloves to protect against the sun and any potential bug bites.

– Depending on the time of day that you are outside, wear bug spray to avoid getting bit.

– Bring a bottle of water outside to drink while you work. This way you can keep working and stay hydrated at the same time.

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WHERE DO YOU WANT TO PLANT?

Before you purchase your first plants, take a good look around your yard and decide where you want to plant.

– Consider the amount of time the area receives sunlight.

– Look at the amount of shade.

– Are there any fences that flowers like roses can grow on to add color and life to all aspects of the yard?

– Does the area flood if severe weather hits?

These factors will impact what you can plant successfully in your yard.

WHAT TO PLANT?

Before you dig the first hole in your yard, it is important to research the type of soil and conditions in your area. Some types of plants thrive better in almost no water while others prefer a more balanced diet even in the summer.  In general some plants to consider for the summer include:

– Hearty plants that can take the heat.

– Trees and shrubs that can add shade to your patio.

– Roses work in areas that receive a good amount of rain during the summer.

– A variety of different vegetables depending on the size of your yard and what your family likes.

– Cacti work well for areas that get little to no rain.

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Timing is everything when getting the most out of your yard.

– Ideally, your garden is in the ground by late spring. However, if you wait until summer plant early in the season.

– Make sure you water the garden early in the day so it can soak in before the heat of the day.

THE PROPER GARDEN REQUIRES THE PROPER TOOLS

Once you decide what to plant, you need to look at your tools. If this is your first garden there are some basics you can invest in:

– Planters. If you want to build them you can or you can purchase premade ones.

– Tiller. Check with a friend to borrow one or see if you can rent one from a gardening center to save on cost.

– Mulch. This is a must for any environment. Have fun with this choice as it comes in a variety of colors that will enhance your idea.

– Top soil.

– A soil test kit. This is a good investment if you are concerned about the soil in your ground.

– A good hose with a watering attachment. Gardens need plenty of water throughout the day.

– Gloves to protect your hands while working in the garden.

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HOW TO ENJOY YOUR GARDEN LONGER

After the garden is in, you want to enjoy it for as long as possible.

– Feed your plants. If you are planting a mix of flowers and vegetables make sure you get the proper food for each.

– Pretreat for pests. Keep the garden healthy by protecting it from natural predators.

– Sheer or prune in order to help the plants keep their shape.

– Create a watering system in your yard.

Every gardener has a different idea for their perfect garden. Take these tips and apply all that fit your yard. (P.S. Floral pictures look great on canvas! If you have any nice shots print them here at CanvasPop!)

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