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Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Seasonal Garden Tips

The official start of summer is right around the corner and it's a great time to enjoy your garden. But as you know, the season brings its own challenges. When the heat arrives follow these tips from STIHL to keep your lawn and garden looking perfect all season long.


· If your spring-blooming perennials are starting to look a little worse for wear, cut them back to encourage new healthy growth. It’s safe to do this until mid-July.

· When pruning hedges, shear the sides on a slight bevel, so the bottom sticks out a bit further than the top. If the top of the hedge grows out too much, it will shade the bottom branches and they will become thin and leggy. When pruning the top, create a cutting guide by anchoring poles at each end of the hedge and stringing a level line in between; then just prune along the line for a clean, finished look. The STIHL HSA 65 Cordless Electric Hedge Trimmer will make quick work of this project.

· Cut lavender blooms in early morning before the sun burns off the aromatic oils. After the flowering stops you can lightly prune the plant to keep it in shape. You can keep your hands protected with a pair of the STIHL HomeScaper Series™ gardening gloves.

· Deadhead lilacs after the blooms fade. This prevents seeds from developing and directs energy toward next year's blooms. Cut the stems back to a single set of leaves.


· Raise the blade on your lawn mower to about 2-3” depending on the grass species. Doing so helps keep the roots cool and conserves moisture—a must during the hot, dry weather typical of July. Remember to pick up larger twigs and rocks to help preserve the condition of your blades, and make cleanup easy with the STIHL lawn mower bag—a large mesh bag with a wide opening that hangs on your lawn mower handles.

· Now is a good time to make rose cuttings. Choose stems that are just under the diameter of a pencil. Make your cut at an angle just above a leaf node. Be sure the cutting is at least 4-5” long and has a couple sets of leaves.

· Keep those weeds pulled, particularly those that spread by reseeding. If you can get rid of them before they go to seed you’ll have less work next year. Avoid getting sore hands and fingers from weeding by wearing STIHL gloves with extra padding, like the STIHL Proscaper Series gloves.

· Provide a source of clean water to attract birds to your garden. Bird baths should be shallow with a rough surface for the birds to stand on. Place the bath at least four to five feet away from feeders to prevent droppings and seed debris from contaminating the water.


· Freeze summer berries for winter use by spreading them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and placing it in the freezer. Once the berries have frozen, toss them into an air-tight bag and store in your freezer. This works for blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.

· Sun-dry Roma tomatoes for use this winter. Cut them into thin slices and lay them on a cookie sheet. Salt and pepper the pieces and place the tray in the sun. Once dried, just place them in airtight bags and put them into your freezer.

· As you begin your garden cleanup in preparation for the fall, be sure to remove and throw away any diseased foliage. Don't put it in the compost pile. This will help prevent fungi like black spot and powdery mildew from carrying over to next year. Depending on the size of your garden, you may be doing some extensive shovel work. Protect your feet with durable, steel-toed work boots.

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  1. These are useful summer seasonal garden tips. Gardening is one of my favorite home hobbies along with landscaping. With my passion on landscaping, I was able to implement my plan of combining natural and synthetic grass to my landscape. Flowery plants are also planted around it.

  2. Whether it is the summer or not, gardening is a whole lot easier if you have properly working equipment. That is why I always make it a point to keep the weed whacker and lawn mower in tip top shape.

  3. I'll be sure to buy some new gloves especially now that I'm planning to do some landscaping. Thank you for sharing these tools.

  4. I like combining natural grass and a synthetic grass. It makes my day complete after planting or cleaning my garden every morning. By the way, thank you for sharing these garden tips. I found it useful.. :)

  5. Gardening is definitely a hobby that I want to try out soon. Thanks for the informative tips. I hope I have a green thumb.

  6. stihl brand is expensive

  7. Thank goodness, the artificial lawn on my garden will help me save hundreds of dollars rather than buying the hedge trimmer. Perhaps, I'll only be needing the gloves for tending the small shrubs and herbs.

  8. Thanks all for your comments and we're certainly glad you all found the tips useful. Be on the lookout for more!

  9. I'll always be sure to keep these gardening tips in mind. Thank you very much for sharing them.

  10. This are great tools for gardening..This will do a lot of help for trimming plants..

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  11. Because it doesn't need too much attention when it comes to caring, synthetic grass in Perth is what we have installed in our parents garden. They are too old for a hard work like maintenance of a large lawn.

  12. It would be a good idea to have as complete a set of equipment for the job - especially if you're doing things yourself. Checking out the nearest power tools for sale would be wise.

  13. Hey, we just got our new STHIL Cordless Electric Hedge Trimmer and it's simply amazing, it truly does wonders to our garden. One other good thing about it? My husband loved it! It's like his own personal toy, and now asking him to do our garden is an easy job.

  14. To work perfectly it is always better to gear up yourself in a proper working attire that is appropriate for the working place. In this way, the employee or a worker could do their job correctly.

  15. Its very important to wear glouses to our hands while e are ready to garden the field.

  16. I keep my equipment on storage boxes and I label it according for what season its used for. Things are easier to get and store.

  17. I really need these tips for remodeling our old garden. I am thinking of putting up some fences and put some secure caps on each and every tip of the fence in my garden area to make it more attractive.