Today is the first official day of summer! Keep your landscape looking its best with our summer checklist for lawn and garden care.
-Spread a two inch deep layer of mulch in your garden to protect the soil & roots from the sun.
–Read our recent blog post about mulch to learn more about its benefit, how to calculate your needs, and what varieties we have.
Whack Those Weeds
-Weed often. It’s easiest to pull weeds when they are small, and this prevents them from creating seeds.
-Weeds are tough to pull out of parched, hot dirt. Plan to weed in the morning or after it rains, when the soil is damp.
-Deadhead blossoms to promote flowering.
-Prune perennials to encourage blooming.
-Cut flowers in the morning when there’s extra moisture.
Water, Water, Water
-Make sure your lawn gets one inch of water per week during the hot summer months.
-Water the ground around plants rather than directly on the leaves.
-Keep up with mowing. Regular mowing reduces weeds and keeps the lawn healthy.
–Pro Tip: grass does best when you cut no more than a third of the blade’s length at one time.
-Pick your produce often, and when the veggies and fruits are small. This encourages more production.
-Pick produce early in the morning to yield fruits, veggies and herbs that are well hydrated.
-Add compost to improve soil structure and increase nutrient content.
Now that your chores are done, it’s time to schedule some fun! Click to download a free Summer Bucket List printable from Iowa Girl Eats, and make your list of things to do this summer.