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Summer Gardening Tips for Texans

'Peach Drift' Roses and grasses
‘Peach Drift’ Roses and a variety of grasses putting on a show in a Texas garden during early summer.

The warm days and cool nights of Spring does wonders for roses, irises and peonies, but we all know that the heat of summer is right around the corner. With a little planning today, you can reduce the summer stress on both yourself and your plants.

Plus, you’ll enjoy a beautiful landscape and a good harvest.

Know your city’s water schedule

Water: no matter where you live, be sure to know your city’s water schedule. Most established landscapes need one soaking once a week to stay healthy. The goal is to deliver 1-inch worth of watering all in one dose. Supplement veggie gardens, containers and new plantings with soaker hoses or hand watering.

Marigold sansiveria pots
Marigolds and Sansevieria combine beautifully in a heat-tolerant color bowl.

Make sure you have a working irrigation system

If you have an irrigation system, now is a great time to have it checked for any leaks or malfunctions.

Consider switching out your old irrigation heads to more modern water-saving heads during spring to prepare for summer. They spray larger droplets so that less water is lost to evaporation.

Drip-irrigation systems can also be a water-saving solution.

Feed your soil with seasonal composts

Soil menders garden soil builderFeed the Soil: Healthy soil means healthy plants. When your soil is bio-active and well aerated, your plants develop stronger root systems. A strong root system makes plants better able to tolerate periods of drought.

Adding organic compost seasonally to your soil will help introduce organic matter and also help loosen and aerate the soil. Organic humus-based products like Soil Mender Garden Soil Builder can add additional supportive nutrients as well as enrich the soil.

Add a few inches of mulch to your garden beds

Mulch is your summer garden’s best friend: Add two to three inches of mulch to all garden beds. Mulch helps soil retain moisture and keeps roots cool. Plus, it breaks down into the soil over time, adding beneficial nutrients.

Purslane bed
Purslane thrives in the heat and blooms in a multitude of cheerful colors.

Plant summer plants that thrive in the Texas heat

Plant for the heat: When spring blooms are fading, that’s the perfect time to plant purslane, pentas, zinnia, firebush, marigold and lantana that love the heat.

Mix in herbs such as rosemary, basil, oregano, sage and thyme for fragrance, foliage and culinary use. Plant both in pots and in the garden.

These tough and heat-hardy plants thrive in Texas heat with minimal care.

Squash blossoms
Squash blossoms

Vegetables to plant in summer

Eat your veggies: Squash, zucchini, cucumbers, melons and beans grow through the hottest months. Direct-seed in May for a delicious harvest at the end of summer. Direct-seed your second crop of tomatoes outdoors in May, or plant tomato transplants in July for fall harvest. Tomato plants will be arriving at end the June.

Stimulate Your Garden’s Roots

Root stimulator

New Plants & Shrubs: Did you add new plants this spring? A dose of organic root stimulator such as Nature’s Guide Root Stimulator each month through summer will help them battle the heat.


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