With this year’s Independence Day in the rearview mirror, many Americans have a renewed appreciation for our nation’s great outdoors. Countless Marylanders spent the July Fourth weekend grilling, swimming, hiking, and enjoying the fireworks displays that lit up our skies. Glorious gardens and put-together patios are the perfect backdrops for all kinds of summer fun, but Maryland homeowners need to put in a bit of work to ensure that their plants thrive. As we enter the month of July, Maryland homeowners should follow these tips to keep their gardens healthy.
Homeowners Must Stay on Top of Watering and Monitor Mulch Levels
Many plants are growing quite vigorously in the summer sun, and homeowners need to make sure that each bush and tree is getting the water it needs to stay hydrated. Mulch can help. Organic mulches have countless benefits for gardens, and Lehnhoff’s Supply offers a variety of high-quality wood mulches. Still, if you use wood mulch and have not reapplied it recently, you may need to add a new layer. Wood mulch breaks down over time and reintroduces nutrients into the soil. Adding a new layer of mulch when your garden is low can help trap moisture and keep pests and weeds at bay.
Homeowners Should Look for Japanese Beetle Damage and Other Signs of Pests
Japanese beetles and other pests often feed heavily at this time of year. Manual removal is the best course of action for Japanese beetles, and homeowners can simply brush or knock the bugs into a bucket of soapy water. You might also see dead or drooping branches on trees where cicadas laid their eggs. Pruning these branches back to living, thriving foliage can help your trees recover and keep your garden looking lush and healthy.
Cut Spent Blooms, Harvest Fruiting Crops, and Sow Fall Crops
Is your garden full of flowers, fruits, and veggies? Chop off spent blooms on ornamental plants and fill empty spaces in your landscape with a suitable groundcover. Keep up with your summer harvest; tomatoes, summer squash, beans, and zucchini may be ready to pick, and harvesting your crops at the peak of ripeness encourages your plants to keep producing. Set your sights on fall, too. Now is the time to start some fall seedlings indoors. Many gardeners will be planting or transplanting carrots, broccoli, cabbage, and beets this month. You’ll need to have the right supplies on hand no matter what you’re trying to grow. Visit Lehnhoff’s Supply online or in-store for high-quality soil, mulch, natural stone, and more!
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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