Garden Center at The Blue Springs Home Depot - Blue Springs, MO 64014 (2024)

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Bring on the Fourth with the yard of your dreams. Our big 4th of July Sale can help you get it done. Freshly sheared shrubs, bright flowers flourishing in your gardens, and a beautiful lawn that's growing lush and green can make your great outdoors feel like home. It's time to enjoy the festivities with your friends and family. With a yard like this, it's easy to create holiday memories to look back on — whether it's a luxurious day of lounging on patio furniture or a day-long feast of food cooked up just right on a new charcoal grill.

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As the calendar turns to summer, your garden and landscaping will weather more intense heat and UV rays than earlier in the year. That means you'll want to consider how to keep things cool. You might also need ways to beat the heat. We've got guidance to help your garden, your lawn, and your family make it through the hotter months.

Grow a Healthy Lawn
If you're worried that your lawn has dried out blades of grass, don't panic just yet. It's possible that you've got a cool season grass that's going to go dormant and turn brown in the summertime heat. If that's the case, it'll be an overall shade of brown, but not green with brown patches. Gently tug out a blade of grass to check the roots: If it comes right out, the grass is probably dead and you'll need to replace it with sod or grass seed. If the blade of grass doesn't come right out, it's dormant. That means it's growing and resting beneath the surface. Water dormant grass deeply once or twice every week, but avoid fertilizer.

For warm-season grass that stays green in the summer, water a bit every few days and deeply once a week. The amount of water should add up to about an inch per week. Be careful not to overwater, and allow the lawn to dry out after heavy rains before you get out the hose or sprinkler again. If it's especially hot out, water when the top two inches of soil is dry to the touch. It's ok to let it grow a little taller this time of the year, as cutting it too short isn't healthy for this kind of lawn.

Watch Your Garden Thrive
As outlined in these garden watering tips, much of the upkeep comes down to balancing water and sunshine. You'll need both to keep plants growing and spirits high with summer flowering. A general rule when watering plants is to aim the water at the roots. A garden hose, drip irrigation system, or sprinkler can get the job done. You don't need to water or even mist the blooms themselves. Many flowers wilt when wet, but they'll recover just fine when they dry. Succulents are an exception to basic watering rules, so look up your specific types of succulents to optimize their care.

In addition to watering them regularly, keep an eye on the nutrients your plants are getting. Apply fertilizer as recommended. We've even got fertilizers to match the plants you're growing so they'll absorb the necessary nutrients.

Vertical Vegetable Gardening
If you like to grow your own food, take it vertical and consider growing organically. Many vegetable plants are vines and well-suited to climb a trellis or fence, so plant them next to one. Support the stem itself, as well as the junctions right below where the branches grow off the stem. This is so the weight of the plant doesn't snap the branches or stem.

Fasten your plant to a trellis, pole, or tomato cage with string, plant ties and wires, garden wire, or fabric strips. Be sure to tie each plant loosely. Then the leaves and branches can sway in the breeze and the stem has room to grow wider. Strawberries, tomatoes, squash, canteloupe and cucumbers need support as they bear fruit. Squash and melons require hammocks made of string, old nylons, a sling, or other stretchy fabric to support the heavy produce. All of these plants take up less space on the ground when grown vertically, which allows you to fit more plants or have walking room in between.

Trees as Natural Shade
Trees are a stunning and natural source of shade, and they can change the look of your yard. Whether you plant a few trees as accents, a few more to bear fruit, or a whole mini-forest, keep in mind this is a long-term commitment. Trees live many decades when they're healthy. Before you shop, read up on how to plant a tree, whether they're deciduous trees, evergreen saplings, or more mature trees.

A backyard woodland can be the stuff of dreams, but research what you're planting beforehand. Consider the full-grown size of the trees you want, how far the roots extend outward and how deep the taproots go. Plant your trees far from water pipes, as their strong roots will seek water and curl into piping to get it. Leave a safe distance from your home, as large trees can catch the wind if not properly pruned. If you've planned accordingly, found trees you love, and know the perfect places to put them, get planting. That way, you can enjoy the leaves rustling in the breeze and dappled shade sooner rather than later.

Find Your Summertime Garden Supplies Today
No matter if your perfect summer includes relaxing, grilling, gardening, or starting outdoor DIY projects, we've got the supplies you need to keep your days flowing with ease. Make the most of these lengthy evenings and early mornings to enjoy all the season has to offer. Shop online at your leisure, on our mobile app anywhere you like, or in the aisles of your Blue Springs store.

Garden Center at The Blue Springs Home Depot - Blue Springs, MO 64014 (2024)

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