Raise your mowing height to combat weeds
Growing a thick, healthy stand of grass is the best form of weed control. The easiest, and first thing to do is raise the cutting height of your lawn mower so it cuts the grass blades at 3" high. Cutting your grass too short stresses the grass plants, make them thin out and allows weed seeds access to sun and soil -- all weeds need to start growing. A taller stand of grass will be thicker and less hospitable to weed seeds.
The right soil makes a difference
Plants in containers meed a soil mix that will allow water to drain efficiently, yet retain enough water to encourage healthy growth. Regular garden soil is too dense for hanging baskets and containers. Choose a potting mix or container blend that contains peat moss and vermiculite or perlite.
Some taller perennials, or those with heavy blooms require a little extra help and support to keep their heads up in the garden. Gardeners can choose from several types of stakes ranging from the single stake for a tall, single-stalked plant or ring stakes that are intended for bushy plants such as peonies. Cudmore's has many different types of plant supports including the innovative spiral stake that requires no tying.
Keep your hanging baskets and container blooming all summer.
By trimming off dead blooms every two or three weeks your baskets will keep flowering until frost. All plants growing in containers need more water than those in the ground and should be checked daily during the heat of summer to ensure they don't dry out. Because of the large volumes of water they soak up, fertilizing hanging baskets is a must; the simplest way to so this is to apply a scoop of slow-release coated fertilizer pellets to the soil surface.
Some spring-blooming perennials die back down to the ground once their show is over, leaving large expanses of bare soil in the garden. Planting annuals in these spaces adds a spot of colour and helps keep weeds down. Cudmore's Garden Centre keeps a large selection of summer flowering annuals in 4" pots to help you cover up the bare spots in your garden.