Late summer is when your garden might start looking a little tattered around the edges. The hot summer months of Utah can take their toll.
You can stimulate new growth in perennials by cutting them back a bit, and many varieties will come out with another fresh flush of flowers. This will help tidy up your garden’s appearance and give you an opportunity to trim off any brown or dead foliage.
Rake some good organic matter (manure or compost) into the brown spots in your lawn, watering well during the day for a couple of weeks. You can cut back on the watering once you see green growing again.
Look for signs of insect attack (we’ve discussed a number of things to look for in previous posts). Pay particular attention to under leaves. If you discover something and don’t know what it is, clip off the leaf and bring it by any Western Garden Center and we’ll help you determine the best course of action depending on the pest.
Don’t neglect your vegetable garden. Make sure and hoe down any weeds before they have a chance to go to seed. They also take up moisture and soil nutrients that are needed by late summer crops.
Late summer is a great time to enjoy your landscape. Be sure and stop by any Western Garden Center and speak to one of our expert gardeners if you have any questions about helping your garden prepare for fall. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook.