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Summer Gardening Tips

It may be a little warm outside but there are a few things that need to be done in the garden this time of year that are worth a little sweat! This is the first is a series on summer gardening, so keep checking back for more information!

Shrub Pruning

Some Spring blooming plants need to be pruned during the Summer to encourage future blooms.  Prune your azaleas after they are finished with the Spring blooms, and this includes Encore azaleas.  With regular azaleas and Encore azaleas, blooms start setting on this years growth, so if you wait until late summer or fall to prune, you will significantly cut down on next years blooms. This is also true for hydrangeas.  Pruning after July will reduce the blooms for next year.  Deadheading during the blooming season can also encourage additional blooms during the current blooming period.