Summertime means lots of rain, which means everything is growing quickly, including weeds! It seems that in the blink of an eye, your yard turns into a jungle. But hey, who needs a tropical summer vacation when you can enjoy your own jungle at home? Right? Okay, maybe not.
With everything growing so quickly, from your weeds and grass to your pretty plants and garden, there is also a good bit of maintenance that must occur this time of year. Try not to look at more frequent yard and garden maintenance as a tedious task, but rather as a peaceful, therapeutic, and healthy activity that benefits your mind and body. Some of the major benefits of yard work include:
- Increased flexibility
- Lowered depression
- Enhanced cardiovascular function
- Improved strength and endurance
- Reduced blood pressure
- Boosted energy levels
- Stress relief
While you’re reaping the benefits of your yard work, here’s what we think you should be doing this season:
- Pull weeds regularly – they come up overnight and harbor insects and take nutrients and water away from our flowers and shrubs
- Trim ornamentals
- Give perennials flowers a haircut
- Pull up spring annuals and replace with summer annuals
- Treat lawn and garden for disease and pests
Need a few more tips to make summer yard work even more enjoyable?
- Protect your skin
- Stay hydrated
- Lift wisely
- Take breaks if you need to
- Take in the little things (butterflies and pollinators are in full swing right now, so take a stop to watch them flutter about and beautify your garden)
When you’re cursing your yard as you’re raking, digging, mowing, trimming, and planting, just remember, you’re basically getting a full body workout! Plus, you can’t beat the satisfaction of sitting on the porch (with a cold beer) and resting after working in the yard during the summer.
Visit The Garden Center
No matter what your summer project entails, we’re here to help! Stop by the Garden Center today to talk to one of our friendly, knowledgeable experts.