The official start of summer is right around the corner and it's a great time to enjoy your garden. But as you know, the season brings its own challenges. When the heat arrives follow these tips from STIHL to keep your lawn and garden looking perfect all season long.
· If your spring-blooming perennials are starting to look a little worse for wear, cut them back to encourage new healthy growth. It’s safe to do this until mid-July.
· Cut lavender blooms in early morning before the sun burns off the aromatic oils. After the flowering stops you can lightly prune the plant to keep it in shape. You can keep your hands protected with a pair of the STIHL HomeScaper Series™ gardening gloves.
· Deadhead lilacs after the blooms fade. This prevents seeds from developing and directs energy toward next year's blooms. Cut the stems back to a single set of leaves.
· Now is a good time to make rose cuttings. Choose stems that are just under the diameter of a pencil. Make your cut at an angle just above a leaf node. Be sure the cutting is at least 4-5” long and has a couple sets of leaves.
· Keep those weeds pulled, particularly those that spread by reseeding. If you can get rid of them before they go to seed you’ll have less work next year. Avoid getting sore hands and fingers from weeding by wearing STIHL gloves with extra padding, like the STIHL Proscaper Series gloves.
· Provide a source of clean water to attract birds to your garden. Bird baths should be shallow with a rough surface for the birds to stand on. Place the bath at least four to five feet away from feeders to prevent droppings and seed debris from contaminating the water.
· Freeze summer berries for winter use by spreading them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and placing it in the freezer. Once the berries have frozen, toss them into an air-tight bag and store in your freezer. This works for blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.
· Sun-dry Roma tomatoes for use this winter. Cut them into thin slices and lay them on a cookie sheet. Salt and pepper the pieces and place the tray in the sun. Once dried, just place them in airtight bags and put them into your freezer.
· As you begin your garden cleanup in preparation for the fall, be sure to remove and throw away any diseased foliage. Don't put it in the compost pile. This will help prevent fungi like black spot and powdery mildew from carrying over to next year. Depending on the size of your garden, you may be doing some extensive shovel work. Protect your feet with durable, steel-toed work boots.