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Mid-Summer Maintenance

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer is officially here!
Time for garden maintenance.

With hot and humid temperatures in the forecast for most of the country this week, gardens will be in need of some serious TLC. Keeping up on routine maintenance will help your garden stay lush and green all summer long.


WATER-WISE TIPS
When it comes to mid-summer garden maintenance, watering is one of the most important gardening tasks. Unfortunately, it can be one of the most confusing. Follow these simple guidelines to help your garden remain vibrant and bountiful this season.

♦ Water plants in the early morning or early evening. This allows the water to run down into the soil to the roots before evaporating.

♦ To prevent disease, ensure plants have good drainage. Incorporating mulch can help with aeration and increase drainage. Also, when watering, water the roots instead of the foliage to prevent disease caused from moisture on the leaves.

Find Watering Best Practices


HARMFUL PESTS
Bugs and critters are inevitable in any garden, but simple, routine practices can help keep them at bay. Eliminate a place for bugs to hide by keeping your garden clear of weeds, dead fruit and foliage, rocks and twigs, and remember to monitor your garden regularly.

If you do find visitors in your garden, identify the bugs and find the perfect remedy on our Pinterest page.

Visit Our Bug Board


MID-SEASON GARDEN CHECKLIST
If you have 5 minutes or 5 hours, here are a few to-do’s to keep your garden looking great this time of year:
♦ Stake perennials or vegetables
♦ Deadhead old blooms
♦ Trim back or prune leggy plants
♦ Mulch flower beds to keep in moisture
♦ Weed, weed, weed!

Have a question or need some mid-summer maintenance advice?

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT
The July 1 deadline is near, but there’s still time to show off your garden for a chance to win a $150 Burpee gift certificate! Snap a photo of your garden and enter the Burpee’s Backyard “Share Your Garden” photo contest.

Learn More & Enter To Win

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West Chicago, IL 60185-2698
www.burpeehomegardens.com

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