Here are Some Great Gardening Tips
- Keep newly planted shrubs and trees well watered. A common mistake is to water too lightly. The water needs to reach the roots of the plant. Dig down an inch or two to check to see how deeply you're watering.
- To keep weeds down and preserve moisture, add mulch to your garden area.
- Feed your annuals with a good fertilizer with 15-30-15.
- Deadhead (remove dead blooms) your plants to promote new blooms.
- Watering lawns in the morning is best. Again, water deeply. Surface watering can harm a lawn when it's hot.
- Don't forget to use a fungicidal on roses.
- If you need to dispose of a beehive, remember to do it in the evening when the bees are home. Never dispose of one yourself unless you're 100% sure that you're not allergic to bees.
- Refresh the water in your birdbaths and pet water dishes regularly to cut down on the mosquito population.
- If you own pets, check the labels of all your garden sprays and products such as slug killer, to make sure they are pet safe. Your garden center can help you with alternatives that are safe.
- Be sure to wash your bird feeders regularly. This prevents the spread of diseases such as salmonella, to the bird population. Clean up around the base of the feeder and wash the plastic feeders in a 10% bleach solution. I simply wash them in my dishwasher periodically. The wood feeders are often more attractive but much harder to sterilize. So, be kind to the birds and feed them but also clean their feeder.