Summer Lawn and Garden Dos
Change Your Timing: Don’t garden by the calendar – garden by your climate. Warm-season vegetables like temperatures in the 80s F while cool-season veggies like temperatures in the 60s-70s F. If you live in hotter climates, plan a spring garden and fall garden (and even winter in some places), and take a break during the heat of summer.
Daylilies do well in summer heat.
Choose Plants Wisely: Some plants are more heat tolerant than others. Okra, butter beans, and cherry tomatoes can usually handle heat, along with watermelon, black-eyed susans, daylilies, hibiscus, succulents, spruces, and pines.
Continue Watering: Resist the urge to overwater or soak your plants until they’re soggy. Stick to giving your lawn and garden one-inch of water at a time. If conditions are hot and dry, increase the frequency of watering but not the amount. Water in the morning to reduce fungal diseases.
Eliminate Garden Pests: Spider mites are particularly troublesome in hot weather. Blast your plant’s leaves with water to discourage heat-loving pests.
Fight Weeds: Sorry to disappoint you, but weeding is a chore than never goes away, no matter how hot it is!
Cherry tomatoes handle heat.
Focus on Containers: Continue fertilizing and watering your container plants, and move them to shadier spots if they’re struggling.
Monitor Your Garden: Are your hostas looking fried? Do your hydrangeas stay wilted no matter how much you water them? Take note of sun- and heat-stressed plants, so you can transplant them this fall to better spots.
Apply Mulch: Add more mulch if needed, to cool the soil and hold moisture. Choose well-composted mulches in hot weather (rather than fresh manure or grass clippings).
Take Care of the Gardener: Find a swimming hole, relax with a book, drink lots of water, and forget about gardening until temperatures cool down a little. Your garden will thank you, and you’ll have more energy when the season kicks back into gear.