Out with the old and in with the new. This is an familiar saying and it's quite true when it comes to summer flowers. Most spring plantings are quickly declining due to the heat and constant humidity.
Sure it's tempting to keep that geranium another year but even these plants decline during the summer. You may get one to survive in a shady spot out of the rains but - Why? There is a great selection of summer flowers waiting at your garden centers. Use these tips to replant your flower beds.
- Remove the old plants and till the soil.
- Renew the soil by adding lots of organic matter and manure.
- Keep an eye out for cutworms that may be living with the old plants and need control.
- Replant the beds and add a thin layer of mulch.
- Fertilize with a slow release product that will last the summer.
- Keep the new plantings moist until the roots grow out into the surrounding soil.
Many of the summer flowers can last into the fall and some until the first really cold weather.