The heat of summer is upon us all here at the Family Tree Garden Center in Snellville. We hope you are enjoying your summer garden and the fruits of your labor. The Family Tree puts together these monthly gardening tips to help you keep your summer garden looking great into the fall. A little summer garden maintenance now will keep your weekends free later, and your garden enjoyment greater!
Maintenance for Annuals
- Make sure mulch is still covering roots, keeping them cool and moist.
- Fertilize every 3-6 weeks with a water soluble fertilizer.
- Deadhead regularly to encourage new growth.
- Water whenever the soil feels dry about 1” below the surface.
FAMILY TREE STAFF INSIDER TIP: If you are going away for a week or two in the summer, prune the annuals in your garden just before you leave and they will likely be back in bloom when you return!
Maintenance for Perennials
- Water only plants that need it, not on a fixed schedule
- Remove weeds by hand if possible, to avoid injuring plants.
- Replenish mulch to conserve moisture and control weeds.
- Fertilize if needed, but make sure to wash any off the foliage to prevent burn.
- Stake those that are top-heavy to prevent wind and rain damage.
- Deadhead to encourage the production of new flowers.
- Shear or cut back a little to keep plants dense and encourage late season blooms.
- Take note if you see disease or pests. We have information here to help you determine which product is best for you.
Lawn and Turf Maintenance
- Check your mower height. Make sure it is the right height and that the blade is sharp.
- Aerate! Soil compaction is a problem in Snellville and throughout Georgia because of the clay composition.
- If you have spots in your lawn, garden or turf that are in need of repair, here is a link for information about our sod: sod-information
- Watch for wilting. Heat affects the trees too, so take a look at your trees to see if they are getting enough water.
- Fertilize now if needed to promote new growth. For information on our site about fertilizers and treatments, follow this link for solutions.
- Prune away dead, diseased or damaged branches during the summer. But be careful! Many trees are more prone to disease if pruned in the summer. If you aren’t sure what kind of tree you have or how to care for it, talk to our expert staff or check out the trees section on the website.
Stay informed about the water schedule when you are summer gardening in Snellville and Gwinnett County, by visiting the county website at: www.gwinnettcounty.com