Summer Flowers – The World’s Natural Decorations
Summer flowers are one of the things that many people look forward to come summertime. In the spring it is true that many flowers first begin to appear, but it is not until the summertime that these flowers are blooming in full force in gardens across the world. Many people make a great effort to plant large and creative gardens that feature summer flowers in order to enhance their yard and transform it into something to love and be proud of.
You’ll do most if not all of the planting for summer flowers in the springtime or late fall of the previous year, so the summertime itself is not going to require a great deal of landscaping work to maintain. There is some necessary maintenance, however, and we’ve put together a short guide containing professional gardener’s tips designed to help you keep your summer flowers growing healthy and long.
Summer Flowers – Gardening Tips
In order to enjoy your elaborate collections and arrangements of fresh and beautiful summer flowers, you will be required to engage in certain maintenance throughout the months. This list has been assembled to help you identify the important tasks, and to provide the best ways to go about doing them. As with any other task in the warmer months, be sure to ingest lots of fluids while working outdoors.
· Watering. Watering is critical, especially during dryer periods. The best way to water your summer flowers is to set up a sprinkler that has a full range of motion and is capable of hitting every part of your garden. If this is difficult to arrange, manual watering of summer flowers with a hose set on a light spray will work, as will filling a large garden watering can (this can allow for inclusion of some fertilizers, if you feel it is needed).
Water your trees and shrubs as well, as they also require a great deal of water to survive. If they start to wilt or die off, you know you need more moisture for that area. If your neighborhood has a water ban in place, be very careful to stick to your prescribed days so as to avoid any potential fines.
· It is important to weed your garden throughout the months. Try to remove them before they set seed in order to save yourself a large amount of potential weeding work. Aside from detracting from the appearance of your garden, weeds can and will aggressively steal the water and nutrients you are intending to go to your summer flowers.
· Deheading. The process of deheading means to remove the flower heads from perennial plants. By selectively removing several or most of the flowers from a plant, you can encourage a second growth period that will allow you to enjoy these summer flowers for a longer period of time.
· Pruning. If you notice certain plants are taking over the garden and hogging space and soil you’ve dedicated for other summer flowers, be sure to cut back and prune these plants to prevent stunted growth amongst their victims. Any summer flowers that intentionally go dormant should be pruned as well.
· Planting. If you’ve noticed that the colors in your garden are starting to fade, now is the best time to plan and plant varieties that will bloom in the late summer and autumn months. This will maximize the visual lifespan of your garden.
By following these handy rules of thumb, your garden will remain healthy and vibrant for as long as possible, creating an environment that you and your family will love to spend time in.
Summer Flowers – Where to Find More Information
Now that you are aware of these basic tips for growing summer flowers, you are suitably armed to create the type of garden you are aspiring to possess. If you seek more information, however, we recommend browsing online for additional articles about gardening, or stopping by a garden center or florist’s shop to seek advice.
Once you have become well-practiced at the art of gardening, you will find that these concepts become second nature. If integrated into all of your gardening plans, you can begin to plan and plant advanced arrangements and combinations that will impress your friends and family and be the envy of your neighbors.
Gardening, and growing summer flowers in particular, can be one of the most enjoyable pastimes of the summer months. Not only do you get to work with the earth and spend a great deal of time enjoying the fresh air, you also get to increase your physical condition through exercise. Again, we stress keeping yourself hydrated, and don’t be afraid to take a break of you find yourself getting tired. Sometimes taking care of yourself is the key to taking care of a great garden.
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