Plant Trees While In Bloom
Select trees for planting while they are in bloom so you can see their colors when making your selection. Summer blooming trees include Jacaranda, Magnolia Grandiflora and Crape Myrtle.
Summer Vegetable Garden Planting
If you didn’t have time to plant a vegetable garden in spring, you still can grow a variety of vegetables in early summer and enjoy vegetables into fall. These vegetables include beans, carrots, corn, cantaloupe, okra squash and spinach. Place a second crop of tomatoes in full sun and they will grow through fall and ripen by Thanksgiving. Flowers such as gladiolus, calla lilies, marigolds, zinnias and dahlias can also be planted.
An assortment of herbs can be planted in summer and still provide a hearty harvest. Plant basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme and mint from transplants. The plants will thrive through fall.
Feed, prune and water roses weekly or biweekly to encourage flower growth. Faded blooms should be trimmed down to the first five-part leaf. Gentle pruning to shape the plant also strengthens lower canes and the root system.
Lawns grow quickly during summer months. Grass blades should 3″ long to protect the soil from heat and water evaporation and to stimulate deeper root growth.
Clear out dead foliage and water regularly, especially if plants are in direct sunlight. If a plant begins looking weak or its growth slows, it may need repotting. Gently remove the plant from the pot and examine the root system. If you see a mass of roots without soil, the plant needs repotting into a larger pot.
Pick Your Summer Vegetables
Even with a modest garden, summer vegetables are in abundance and are ripening continuously. Pick them regularly even if you don’t plan to use them immediately. This will stimulate new growth so that the plants continue to produce.
Time to Replenish Mulch
Mulch consists of various sizes of chopped wood, usually made from recycled trees and other wood materials so it naturally thins over time. Ideally, plants and trees should have about 3″ of mulch around their base. When the mulch compresses to about 2″, add another layer. Mulch will retain water–a critical advantage during the year’s hottest months–and keeps roots cool even during the heat of the day. This reduces moisture loss and suppresses weed growth. It also reduces erosion so its use on hillsides and slopes is ideal.