Gasper Garden To-Do List: Early Summer

What we are doing in our gardens in the early summer!

Weed Prevention

Have a little too much growing in your beds? Weed control can be extremely challenging and is arguably one of the most frustrating aspects of gardening. Plants that are considered weeds are quick-growing, tenuous, and usually extremely vigorous by their very nature. Before you decide to battle weeds, arm yourself with both the intell on the weeds you are trying to control and the proper weapons, and by that, we mean tools and products to control them. Our nursery associates will be happy to assist you in finding the best means to remove whatever weeds you got. — You can also find more information HERE.

Create an Herb Garden

Planting herbs do not have to be a big production or take up a lot of space, as many herbs are happy to reside in a sunny spot on the edge of a deck or patio in a collection of pots. Creating an herb container garden is a great introduction to gardening for beginners, and it is an easy way to make sure herbs are always on hand for summer culinary creations. No more paying for overpriced bundles of herbs at the grocery store! You can find more information on container herb gardens HERE.

Keep Animals & Insects at Bay

Is everything growing in your garden, or have the deer, rabbits, and groundhogs thought you planted them an all-you-can-eat buffet? From fencing to repellents to a more resistant variety of plants, Gasper’s staff can help you thwart unwanted critters. For more information about deterring deer and rabbits in your garden, read our post HERE.

Trimming & Pruning

Prune spring-flowering plants like lilac, azalea, forsythia, weigela, deutzia, and viburnums now, after flowering is done and before buds for next year are formed.

It is also a good time to prune/trim evergreen plants such as boxwood, holly, rhododendron, and yew after they have hardened off the new season’s growth. Prune to maintain shape or control size, but remember to never cut back more than one-third of the plant at a time.