The warm summer months can be a great time for gardening but hot temps, harsh sun, and unwelcome pests, may mean your garden needs a little more TLC than usual. With a few steps and preparation, you can keep your garden looking fresh all year long. Here are 5 care tips to keep your garden looking lush this summer:

Keep your plants fed

Plants need more than water to survive increasing temperatures and summer sun exposure. Adding some mulch in beds and around plantings will help the soil retain moisture and keep plants insulated. You can also find plant feeders that attach to your garden hose to make it easier.

Be smart about watering

Just because it’s hot outside, doesn’t mean you should constantly water your plants. It’s better to water your plants less often, but with more water than more frequently with less water. You should also avoid watering plants at night to prevent fungus growth and at midday to prevent the soil from soaking up the majority of the water. 

Add some shade

If there is part of your garden that gets a lot of sun exposure during the day, you’ll want to create a little shade to protect your plants from too much sunlight. A stunt plant, like a tree or cluster of bamboo is a perfect way to give your flower beds a little extra shade. 

Prune the excess away

You should keep an eye out for any damaged or diseased plants and prune them when you can. This will help the plant grow back healthier next season. Also note any growing weeds and remove them because they steal nutrients and water from your flowers and shrubs. 

Combat pests

Bugs don’t only bother people in the summertime. They can also negatively affect your garden! It’s important to figure out which types of insects are in your garden area so you can get the correct pesticides. Also, make sure to avoid using traps for flying insects near doors and high traffic areas.

Maintaining your home’s landscaping can be an arduous task, but Elite Development Group makes it easy with upscale monthly maintenance services for your home and garden. Contact us today and let the professionals keep your garden looking fresh.