This post is sponsored by Endless Summer®. As always, all ideas and opinions are entirely my own.
I can’t believe I’m saying this – but we’re transitioning into the late summer period here in Utah. (Where has the time gone?!) I did quite a bit of planting, pruning, and general gardening back in June, so for the past few weeks we’ve just been able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of all that labor. One of the most enjoyable things about this summer has been watching our new hydrangeas in front of our studios take off!
We planted a few BloomStruck® Endless Summer Hydrangea plants in the spring, and it’s been so rewarding to watch them grow. I’ve never planted hydrangeas before in Utah, so I admit I was worried about how they would fare in our hot, arid climate. But they have done surprisingly well so far, and I’ve been impressed by how easy they are to maintain! If I’m diligent about watering them, they pretty much take care of themselves. (I’ve also received great tips for caring for my hydrangeas from the free Endless Summer text program. You can text ENDLESSSUMMER to 73095 to sign up for free hydrangea care tips, too!)
And the best part about my hydrangea plants, by far, has been enjoying the beautiful flowers they’ve produced! They started blooming a few weeks ago, and there are still several blossoms left. The blossoms are lovely shades of purple and pink, and they are adding some nice pops of color to the front of our very white studio. I’m looking forward to seeing them spread out and fill in the area even more!
In addition to caring for our hydrangeas at the studio, I’ve also been doing some maintenance on the other flowering shrubs and perennials that I have planted at home. Today I wanted to share some summer-specific tips for caring for your garden, to keep your garden looking great for the rest of the season!
5 Gardening Tips For Late Summer
1. Water, Water, and More Water
During the dog days of summer, the heat and sun can really take a toll on your plants. Most plants need a deep watering once a week, around 1 inch if you’re going by a rain gauge. It’s best to give the plants more water at once, rather than from several smaller waterings because it helps the plants to develop a deeper, stronger root system. During really hot weather, you may need to deep-water your plants every five days, rather than every seven.
2. Hold Off on Fertilizer
Late summer is not a great time to fertilize, generally speaking. Most plants are already suffering from heat stress or drought conditions, and fertilizer won’t help in these conditions. In fact, applying fertilizer to plants weakened by heat and drought could burn the roots or foliage. To be safe, focus on giving your plants the water they need, hold off on the fertilizer till later in the fall.
3. Cutting Back & Tidying Up
If your perennials have brown or wilting sections, late summer can be a good time to prune them away. After pruning, give your perennials extra water to encourage new growth. But don’t get discouraged if your plant doesn’t bounce back right away. At the very least, pruning your plants back in the late summer or fall will pay dividends next spring!
For your more flower-y plants, you can “deadhead” them to tidy up the look of your yard or garden. Deadheading is simply the act of removing dead or wilting blooms from the plant. But you may want to keep in mind that deadheading your plants could discourage birds from visiting your yard!
4. More Mulch
This is a good time of year to inspect the mulch layer around your plants and in your walkways. You want at least a couple of inches of mulch for the layer to be effective at protecting against erosion and heat. If your mulch layer has dwindled over the past few months, now is a good time to get it back up to scratch.
5. Attack Weeds
If your garden is starting to look a bit scraggly or crowded, you could probably benefit from a good, long weeding session. Removing weeds not only improves the look of your garden, but it can also be beneficial to your perennials since they won’t have to compete with weeds for water or light. Of course, late-summer temperatures can be killer in the afternoon, so it’s a good idea to plan your weeding session for the early morning or late evening. And before you spend all day weeding by hand give this homemade weed killer a try.
I always find that weeding goes a lot faster when I’m listening to some good tunes. If you’re a Pandora listener, check out Endless Summer’s “Artists Rebloomed” playlist!
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