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Keeping Joy Alive in Your Gardens

By Donna Stark

It is that time of year again! Sunshine all day, temperatures that take your breath away, and dead -- or barely-living -- plants in your yard. Yes, that's right. If you live in an area where the days are filled with more scorching rays of fire than they are with loving rays of light, being a plant owner can seem overwhelming. And since plants play a huge role in our moods, emotions, and general state of health, it's important to not be overwhelmed while protecting them! If you are wondering why your beautiful greenery keeps dying, keep reading. The following simple tips might make all the difference in the world.

Water in the Mornings

The best time to water your plants is important to know when it comes to taking care of your garden. As the temperatures rise and your soil becomes drier, finding the right time to water your plants may seem confusing. A good rule of thumb is to water your flower beds twice a week with plenty of water, rather than doing the opposite of watering them more frequently with less water. 

Provide Sun and Shade

Are the leaves on your plant starting to wilt and turn brown? Has their appearance stopped bringing you joy? Those high temperatures, dry days, and summer winds can wreak havoc on the health of your plants, but there are some things you can do that may help. Some of the easiest ways to keep your plants healthy are to fertilize in spring, water appropriately, and make sure they receive both sunlight and shade throughout the day! And if the wind picks up a little too much? Try to protect them as much as possible!

Bring Plants Indoors

Sometimes, our plants just need a break from the hot summer weather, so if yours are potted and can be moved, why don't you bring them in for some much-needed cooler air?  In addition to the visual appeal they provide, bringing your plants indoors and letting them enjoy some extra TLC can actually help improve their overall health. 

Prune Away

It's important to keep a close eye on your garden, especially during the summer months! Pruning, the careful removal of any diseased, damaged, or dead debris, is an important process because it improves the airflow and growth of your plants! And although it does seem contradictory, cutting down the damaged areas of the plants will actually help them bloom better during the next season.

Keeping Joy Alive in Your Gardens

Don't let the summer heat put a damper on your joy. With the simple tips above, you could end up with the prettiest garden yet! And who knows? You may even become an expert plant parent in the process!

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