Summer Gardening Tips

Summer Gardening Tips

* Any bedding plants you find for sale can be planted outdoors in beds, boxes, or containers.
* If you long for a hanging basket filled with blossoms, compare prices on different-size plants. It may be more economical to buy several small plants and combine them yourself rather than pay for one large plant.
* Starting this month, keep hanging plants such as fuchsias well watered and out of direct sun, or their leaves will burn.
* Mulch around trees to create a safe zone where your mower won't go. Nicking a tree trunk can seriously damage even a well established tree.
* Mow your lawn according to the needs of the grass, not the calendar. * Grass thickens and provides better cover when regularly clipped at the proper height.
* Prune rhododendrons after they flower. Snap off spent flower stalks by bending them over until they break away from their stems.
For more gardening tips, visit the Gardening Tips page at The Old Farmer's Almanac, www. almanac.com/garden.