It is possible to keep your garden alive when the weather shifts from extreme rain to extreme heat? The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Eliza Fournier has some tips for combatting common problems:
The wet weather has caused powdery mildew on some plants, including perennials like Monarda (also known as Bee Balm). When you see leaves starting to brown with mildew on the back, remove those effected leaves so it doesn’t spread.
The consistent rain has caused turf grass to form more shallow roots that may turn brown when the rain subsides and temperatures rise. Mow higher and less frequently in the drier weather. If you must irrigate, do it in early morning. Consider removing turf grass and replacing it with deep-rooted perennials or even native plants.
When the weather turns hotter and drier, good watering practices are important. Try drip irrigation or a watering wand, and watering early in the morning.
To keep your garden looking fresh, deadhead spent flowers to keep blooms coming. You can also stake plants that are getting tall such as cone flowers and lilies.
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