I’ve spent the past few months sharing some blooms from my garden, and now I want to start including some gardening tips. I’m not a master gardener or anything like that. I’ve just puttered in the gardens long enough to learn a few things. I live in plant zone 6 and have clay soil, so what works for me might have to be adjusted for your garden.
My Rose of Sharon – Sugar Tip, is a new variety. This hybrid is sterile, so I don’t have to worry about hundreds of seedlings coming up every spring. Yay! The flower looks more like a carnation than the original Rose of Sharon. I love it! It’s so gorgeous.
By the month of August most of the perennials are pretty worn out. I either deadhead or cut them back. After cutting them back, some will give me a few new blooms, but not the grand display as their first showing.
The Black-Eyed Susans are still going strong.
Typically August is a very dry month, and I have to make sure I water regularly. This year we’re having a lot of rain so everything is green and lush, including the weeds. Although I fertilize with weed-and-feed products, weeds still grow. Those products are not a miracle. Weeds are tough guys.
In September I always overseed my lawn. In order to get it ready I’m usually pulling weeds out by hand in July and throughout August. I don’t know anyone else personally who does that, but I swear by it, and I have one of the nicest lawns on the block without hiring a lawn service to dump tons of chemicals on it. I only spend about 10 minutes a day, about 3 days a week, hand pulling. If you keep up your lawn care regularly throughout the year, it won’t get out of control.
I’ve been on garden tours where the gardens are to die for, but the lawns are all weeds. I think most people believe it’s too hard to keep a lawn looking good, but it really isn’t. Nor is it all that expensive. I have craft supplies to buy. I can’t be spending a fortune on my lawn. I’ll show you through this next year what I do to keep it looking like this.