Summer Gardening Tips & Tricks From the Mansfield Garden Club
May 31, 2016 07:41PM
● By Melanie Heisinger
The Mansfield Garden Club at the Pickle Parade.
Read on for some useful tips for gardening during the summer:
1. "Drip irrigation is helpful in container gardening as well as summer bed gardening."
-- Donna Timmons.
Drip irrigation is important particularly in the summer because it drips into the roots below the soil surface, through a series of tubing, keeping the plant efficiently hydrated without any wasteful evaporation. Read more about drip irrigation here.
2. "Select plants that grow well in this area." -- Karen Green.
Some examples are different varieties of salvia, daylilies, lantana, iris, and many ornamental grasses. For more plants that grow well in the area, research some great local gardening books at your local bookstores and nurseries. Visit our directory to search for local spots.
3. "Water consistently." -- Barbara Sissen.
This tip goes without saying, but it's especially important to be consistent with watering during the summertime months.
Don't believe the plastic tag in the pot with gardening information, because they are not always accurate for Texas. It's important to ask the garden staff at your local nursery for some advice and assistance while picking out the perfect plants for your garden, or ask a fellow gardener. Don't have a gardening friend? Call the Tarrant County Master Gardener's Resource Center at 817-884-1944, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
To get even more tips and tricks year round, local garden clubs are the way to go. Obviously, the Mansfield Garden Club would be a great place to start!
6. "Plan your landscaping carefully by planting drought-tolerant plants that do well in our extreme summertime heat." -- Valerie Crowe.
About the Mansfield Garden Club
The Mansfield Garden Club was established in 1999 and is an informal group of gardeners -- some beginners and others more experienced -- who share information, plants, knowledge, and good times.
Besides their general meetings, (They meet at 6pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Mansfield Service Center, 620 S. Wisteria Street) MGC participates in many community projects. We have hosted garden tours of some of Mansfield's most beautiful private gardens. We have helped landscape the Habitat for Humanity houses in Mansfield, have planted wildflowers in public spaces, and participate in the “Adopt-A-Street” program sponsored by the "Keep Mansfield Beautiful Commission" by keeping Pleasant Ridge Drive "litter-free".