PhotoSpringtime is always full of promise. You can enjoy the bright, sunny days with nothing but a light jacket on to keep you comfortable. Then summer comes along with days of full of sunlight and heat that makes you question whether or not you want to be outside at all.

As it gets hotter and more humid, the appeal of digging on your hands and knees in the garden seems to fade. Your garden is still calling your name no matter how hot it is outside, and it needs your attention.

There are several things that you will need to tend to this month. Your container plants will need to be refreshed, and your hanging plants need to be trimmed to keep them looking good.

Some insects love the heat and humidity, and they can really take a toll on your garden. Handpicking these pests off of your plants is the best method of control so that they don’t eat up all of your green, leafy plants. After they are picked off, toss each bug into a container of soapy water to keep them from coming back. If you are scared to death at the prospect of touching insects, just use a stick to knock them off into the bucket.

Proper lawn care and planning for next year

Proper lawn care is also extremely important at this time of the year. Certain diseases can actually kill your grass if you don’t take care of them right away.

Brown grass and slime molds, although unsightly, are pretty common and rarely pose any kind of threat. Light brown patches that extend for several feet usually indicate that you have had a lot of rain or that you are overwatering your lawn. Adjust accordingly to make sure everything is looking good.

If you have any turf areas around your house, then you will also have to maintain them throughout the summer. Turf disease experts from Ohio State University offer weekly updates on how to best maintain these tricky areas.

Ensure that all of your produce plants are free of parasites and other plants that could cause them harm. Suckers are shoots that grow in the crotch area of your tomato plants. If they are allowed to cultivate, they end up competing for nutrients in the main stem where your tomatoes get their water. Removing them will allow the main stem to thrive.

Any beds that you have landscaped will be in full bloom during this time of the year, so it’s a good time to examine which parts of your garden are bare or have weaker plants growing there. Make a note with a picture for next year so that you will know which areas need filling in during the next planting season. 

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