Summer Gardening Tips

 


Article by: Michael McGroarty

Don't be afraid to trim those flowering shrubs , Landscaping Your Garden and Adding Value to Your Home and trees , Painted Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any Home or Garden that need it. Failure to prune , Flower Bulb Catalogs is probably the biggest gardening , Water Lilies - Pruning and Trimming mistake a person can make. I spent 20 years landscaping homes , Seeding Flowers Indoors: An Inexpensive Way to a Beautiful Summer Garden and businesses, and I watched people make the investment in my services, then they failed to prune , Miniature Roses when the plants , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes needed it, and before you know it their landscape , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil looked terrible.

If you make a mistake pruning, , Easy Working With Cordless Lawn Mowers don't worry about it. It's like a bad haircut, it will grow , WaterWise Gardening - The Basics Required to Create a WaterWise Garden out. Of course use common sense and read the previous articles that I've written on pruning. , Pond Liners

Along with summertime comes high humidity. High humidity can cause a lot of problems with the plants , How to Prune Lilac Shrubs in your garden , ing - Growing Tasty Tomatoes and around your house. , Small Backyard Mini-Ponds are Low on Maintenance and Easy to Install One of the simple things you can do is don't water , International Flower Delivery just before dark. Make sure your plants , s, Birds, Love and Deer Hate are nice and dry when you tuck them in for the night and you can cut down on the chance of fungus being a problem.

One of the more common fungi that I get asked about a lot is powdery mildew. This appears as a white , Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design film on the leaves of ornamental plants. , Painted Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any Home or Garden Dogwoods and Purple Sandcherry are often the victim of powdery mildew. Powdery mildew isn't extremely harmful to the plants, , Some Practical Ideas For Designing Your Own Landscape it's just that the foliage is damaged, and little growing , Why Do Flowers Inspire Me So Much? takes place , How to Naturally Dry Hydrangeas once it sets in. Your local garden , Growing Great Strawberries center will have a general fungicide you can spray if you'd like to try and control it. Usually once the plant , Frame Your Garden With Edging defoliates in the fall , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit the plant , Balcony, Patio, and Courtyard Gardening is back to normal.

If you have Perennial , Riding Lawnmower - Choices are Wide Open Rye Grass , Spring Flower Gardening in your lawn, , WaterWise Gardening - The Basics Required to Create a WaterWise Garden and you probably do if you're in the north, you must be careful not to leave your grass , Landscaping Lessons-Proper Placement Of Trees In Landscape Design wet at night. There is a fungus known as Pythium Blight that appears in very humid conditions. This fungus attacks and kills perennial , Xeriscaping is Waterwise Gardening rye grasses. , Pond Filter Here in the north most of our lawns , Plants, Birds, Love and Deer Hate are a blend of fescues, perennial , Seeding Flowers Indoors: An Inexpensive Way to a Beautiful Summer Garden ryes, and Kentucky Blue Grass. , Water Lilies - Pruning and Trimming

If you have problems with Pythium blight you will lose the perennial , A Bit About Bare Root Roses... rye grass , Why Do Flowers Inspire Me So Much? in large areas of your lawn, , Viburnum Dilatatum 'Cardinal Candy' and even though the other grasses , Spring Flower Gardening will still be there and fill in, your lawn , Pond Filter will have areas that are much darker green , Frame Your Garden With Edging than the rest of the lawn , Growing Great Strawberries because you will then have concentrations of Kentucky Blue Grass. , Miniature Roses

You can see this fungus in the early morning. It looks like white , Hibiscus Tea cotton candy laying on top of your lawn. , How to Naturally Dry Hydrangeas It usually appears along walks and driveways where the soil , Colorado Blue Spruce And Lush Red Roses is wet if you have been watering. To prevent Pythium blight water , Xeriscaping is wise Gardening as early in the day as possible.

Another nasty little blight that likes summertime is Fire , Colorado Blue Spruce And Lush Red Roses Blight. Fire , Outdoor Lighting Blight attacks ornamentals, especially Apple trees, , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit Crabapple trees, , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails Cotoneasters, and Pyracantha. You know you have Fire , Are You New To Organic Gardening Blight when a branch on one of your plants , A Bit About Bare Root Roses... dies and turns almost red. The leaves usually hang on but turn reddish brown. The damage usually starts out near the end of the branch and works its way toward the main stem of the plant. , Balcony, Patio, and Courtyard Gardening There is little you can do except prune , Growing Great Strawberries out the affected branch, cutting it as far back as possible.

Fire Blight is very contagious to plants , WaterWise Gardening - The Basics Required to Create a WaterWise Garden so you should burn the branches you prune , Grow Herbs in your Garden for Pleasure and Profit out. You should also dip or wash your pruning , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes shears in rubbing alcohol after each cut to keep from spreading this deadly fungus.

Unfortunately, I've got one more summertime culprit to warn you about. It's a handy little fungus that grows , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum in mulch. Actually there are all kinds of fungi that tend to grow , A Bit About Bare Root Roses... in mulches, and most of them are really disgusting looking. But this little gem is unique in the fact that as it grows , Landscaping Your Garden and Adding Value to Your Home it tends to swell. Then somehow it manages to explode, and it will spatter your house , Pond Liners with tiny brown specks. The experts have appropriately named this one "Shotgun Fungus". Isn't that a cute name?

These tiny little brown specks will fly as high as eight feet into the air, , Miniature Roses and once they stick to your house , Landscaping Your Garden and Adding Value to Your Home or windows, , Frame Your Garden With Edging they stick like glue. I know that right now there are people hollering across the house , Care and Repair of Garden Tools at their spouse, "Hey, remember those brown specks all over the house? I know what they are. It's from the mulch!" Tell me I'm wrong, but I know I'm not.

A lot of people are victims of this nasty little fungus, but they don't know it. All they know is that there are tiny brown specks on the house , Riding Lawnmower - Choices are Wide Open that look like paint. , ed Adirondack Chairs-The Perfect Addition to Any Home or Garden So far they have blamed everything from spiders to aliens.

There's not a lot you can do to prevent this fungus. I have found that if you keep the mulch loose so air , Lawn Tractors - Buying the Right One can circulate it is less likely to grow , Gift Ideas for Bird Lovers fungi. Don't just keep adding layer after layer to the mulch around your house. , Garden Delights For Midsummer You should skip at least every other year and just loosen the mulch you already have down. If you loosen it and then rake it flat , Spring Flower Gardening it will look like you've just mulched. Mulch is great, just don't let it get packed down hard. Loosen it up at least once a year.

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