Keeping your garden looking at its best is an on-going task and requires you to think about each aspect of your garden Ė from the health of your plants and flowers to eradicating pests and weeds. This guide will focus on the unique challenges of keeping your garden looking great during the summer months. 

BELOW ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES AND HOW TO TACKLE THEM. 

KEEPING YOUR PLANTS HYDRATED

During extended periods of dry weather, itís essential that you keep your plants well hydrated. In order to flourish, plants and flowers need a good mixture of water and sunlight. When the weather is very hot, it can starve your plants of the moisture they need and they can start to suffer because of it. Different types of plants have different needs but a good rule of thumb is to water them once a week. Itís always recommended that you water plants either early in the morning or later in the evening. This will help prevent the water from evaporating to quickly. Another excellent way to keep your plants cool and hydrated is to use mulch. When placed over the soil, mulch does an excellent job of protecting it from the sun and keeping the moisture trapped in. There are different varieties of mulch available but they all tend to work well and well do wonders for the health of the soil in your garden. 

ADDING COLOUR

Different plants blossom at different times of the year. Once spring has gone and summer arrives, a lot of your plants may start to wilt. To add colour to your garden during the summer, you can pull up your old spring flowers and replace them with bulbs that like the heat. Great varieties include angelonia, coleus, salvia and zinnia. Itís not just flowers that you can use to add colour to your garden however. You can also find some excellent garden ornaments that will help to give it much visual appeal. 

ERADICATING PESTS

Pests such as snails and slugs can easily cause a lot of damage to the plants in your garden. If you donít take precautions then theyíll eat the leaves of large plants, leaving giant holes in them. A good way to keep slugs away from your plants is to put slug pellets around them. You can also treat your plants with a pesticide spray that will repel any pests that might be attracted to them. You can either make your own spray using household items or purchase one from a store. Just be sure that the ingredients wonít be harmful to the plants themselves. 

STAYING ON TOP OF WEEDS

Weeds are the bane of any gardenerís existence. They seemingly crop up everywhere and are very hard to get rid of completely. The best way to deal with weeds is by ripping them up from the roots and then treating the area with weed killer. This wonít keep them away forever but it will keep your other plants and flowers safe from them.

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The author has a keen interest in garden maintenance. His articles cover subjects such as how to keep your garden looking great in the summer.