Spring is in full swing with tulips, daffodils, and daisies in full bloom over the Greater Richmond area. As May approaches and warmer temperatures are on the horizon, it is important to start thinking about preparing your garden for the summer months. Here are some useful tips to get you started:
- Keep Fertilizing and Tilling: Now is the time to really start preparing your soil for hot temperatures and less moisture. As the rains become less frequent in May and June, soil will lose some of its natural nutrients which can harm plants and shrubs. Keep adding fertilizer and till your beds so that they can lock in oxygen which will help form stronger root structures.
- Add Supports for Vegetables and Broad Leaf Plants: During the summer, most vegetable and broad leaf plants will start to sag as a result of the sun and less rain. This will damage and possibly kill those plants. Set support stakes around them to keep them upright and provide at least 1 inch of water every day to keep them healthy and productive all summer long.
- Prune Spring Shrubs and Flowers: Many of the beautiful spring flowers and shrubs that we love so much will start to die back in the summer as temperatures get hotter. Be sure to prune them back since the dead material could harm soil quality and attract unwanted pests like mosquitos or beetles.
- Don’t Forget the Lawn: Keeping a lawn green and healthy during the summer can be a challenge which is why watering is so important. Water at least 2 inches when temperatures are above 80 degrees and always mow at the highest setting on your lawn mower. Grass should be kept at between 2 to 2 ½ inches in height to maintain a strong root structure and avoid burning. Also, keep let grass clippings remain on the yard to provide nitrogen.
Do you have any tips? We would love to hear them!