I’ll admit it. It has been just too darn hot for me to be spending much time in the garden. I ventured out into my yard yesterday to check on things only to realize that the rain has helped my garden grow some of the largest weeds I have ever seen. My poor neighbors! After hours of digging, I am starting to see the light.
The good news is that if you have kept up with your gardens, you are likely to be having an amazing year for color. Once that color has begun to fade and your plants are looking a bit shaggy prune them prior to the end of the month to ensure a beautiful fall garden. In my yard those that need the most attention include; Spirea, shrub roses, and barberry. While you are at it be sure to pull the dry stems from past blooms from your daylilies and cut off any faded blooms on your other perennials. Be mindful that early bloomers like forsythia and lilac should not be pruned now or you will risk them not blooming next spring.
If you applied preen or a similar preemergent in April it is a good idea to do it again so that it will not wear off too soon, allowing the weeds to grow more easily.
Now is also the time to prepare your lawn for fall over seeding and fertilizing. Spot treat any weeds and plant seed between Aug. 15 and Sept 15th for best results. Look for a fertilizer labeled specifically for fall to have the greatest impact on your lawn and give it a head start for next year.
With fall just around the corner, mums will begin arriving in the garden center later this month. Trade out any of your tired summer annuals and enjoy a pop of color all fall.
For more ways to make your garden more brilliant this season stop by Steve’s Ace Home & Garden and check out what’s in bloom right now.
Sara Selchert Carpenter
Steve’s Ace Home & Garden
VP of Operations
Master Landscape Designer