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If you think spring planting season is over and you missed your opportunity to spruce up your landscaping, don’t worry. There’s still time this summer to fill in spots and add landscaping details to your yard.

What you can do

Take a tour of your yard to do a quick survey and decide where you would like additional flowers and plants. But before you dash off for the nursery, make a list of the locations and whether they are sunny, partly sunny or shady. Some tasks that you still have time to do include:

  • Planting more of your favorite annuals in containers and tucking them in any bare spots.

    At large greenhouses, you will still have a variety to choose from.

  • Dividing and transplanting

    most late-summer and fall-blooming perennials. However, wait to divide spring bloomers, like phlox and trillium, until fall so all the plant’s energy can go to roof and leaf growth instead of the flower.

  • Planting trees, shrubs and roses.

    As you debate what to purchase, choose potted or burlap-wrapped versions instead of bare-root types, which are plants removed from the soil and packed in moisture-retaining material such as shredded paper or wood shavings. Bare-root plants need cool, wet weather to succeed.

Top annual choices for the summer

Marigolds, sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, four o’clocks and nasturtiums are great choices to add bursts of color that you can enjoy throughout the dog days of summer. With careful watering and regular deadheading of faded flowers, you’ll be able to cut armfuls for Labor Day celebrations.

For more information

Kissel Landscaping is available for any of your landscaping needs. Fill out our Contact Us form or call us at 513.892.0141 for a free estimate.

Fun Fact:

It’s not just an old wives’ tale. Studies have shown that vibration – like music – can affect plant growth. So sing away as you plant and water your flowers!