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Deadheading in July (and other important but low-energy gardening tasks)

 

Dani Hemmat

Katy Bohn shows the importance of deadheading to keep blooms coming in her hummingbird garden

You tilled, planted, hoed and weeded, so all that’s left to do is sit back in the July heat with a tall glass of lemonade and enjoy those beautiful blossoms.

Well, not if you want to do it right. With a little bit of daily maintenance, you can enjoy nature’s second bloom as summer’s heat wears on. That daily task is known as deadheading, and it has nothing to do with dreadlocks or tie-dye shirts, unless you want it to.

Deadheading is the term for the simple process of removing the dead or faded blooms from a plant to improve not only its appearance, but also its performance. In fact...



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