As gardening season shifts into the "maintain and enjoy" phase, I thought it would be helpful to share some info on keeping your plants at their very best through the hot months.
As plants grow bigger and better, one common problem is that soil runs out of some or all of the major nutrients required to sustain flourishing. This is typical for hanging baskets, patio pots and other contained spaces, as well as in ground gardens and even the lawn. Some indications that plants require nourishment include leaf yellowing, sparse growth, leaf drop and also secondary problems such as increased presence of insect or fungal disease. Ideally, plants will receive adequate nutrition before any signs of stress occur - but even after these symptoms show it is easy to correct the problem.