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Summer is a great time for gardening! Long days and warm weather mean more time outside, especially with kids out of school. Autumn Hill Nursery in Woodstock wants your garden to be a success, so check out are some mistakes to avoid in your summer gardening!

  • butterflies on shrubDon’t over water. Especially if you live in a location that gets a lot of rainfall already, be careful about how often you water. Plants that are drowning in too much water can rot from the roots up.  
  • Don’t plant in the wrong place. Plants that need a lot of sunlight won’t do well on your covered patio, just as plants that like the shade won’t be happy next to your sunny mailbox. Make sure you know what each plant needs.
  • Don’t overuse pesticides. Be especially judicious with pesticides if you are trying to grow vegetables or attract butterflies and birds. You’ll want insects like bees around to pollinate your crop!
  • Don’t get sunburned. It’s easy to get caught up in the joy of gardening and not realize you’re being baked under the sun. Always wear sunscreen and reapply frequently. Make sure to cover exposed skin (long sleeves and pants will also protect against ticks), and avoid the sun when it’s the brightest, usually between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Take care of yourself so you can take care of your garden!
  • Don’t get discouraged. You can do this! Gardening is as much about tenacity and passion as it is about in-depth knowledge.

Got a tricky situation you can’t figure out? Want to garden but don’t know where to start? Come chat with us at Autumn Hill Nursery–we’ve been doing this a long time, we have everything you need, and we would love to help you!

Happy gardening!

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