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Getting the Garden Ready for a Hot Georgia Summer

Gaillardia at Shady Gardens Nursery
Getting the garden ready for a hot Georgia summer can be easier than you think! 
 
Plant selection is most important—choose plants you know will thrive in your area. Planting trees, shrubs, and perennials native to your climate zone means less work for you, because native plants are accustomed to the difficult conditions our Georgia summers offer. They are better able to withstand our drought, and some native plants even prefer our muggy, humid temperatures! 
 
Always amend the soil with compost or composted manure. Plants are better able to tolerate harsh conditions when they have good soil to live in. 
 
Don’t overlook the importance of mulch.  Apply a thick layer of organic mulch such as straw, bark chips, or shredded leaves to conserve moisture, keep the plant roots cool, and prevent weed growth. Gravel mulch is not suitable for our climate, except in a cactus garden, because it heats up too much in the summer. 
 
Finally, if your budget allows, install a soaker hose or drip irrigation watering system. This will get the water down to the roots where it’s needed with less water waste.

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