Enhance your summer garden plans with these five garden maintenance tips so you can care for your yard while you’re on vacation (or any time of year).


Summer is the time to kick back, relax, and try to automate as much of your garden maintenance as possible.

However, what happens to your maintenance routine when you have a vacation planned? Do you leave it to chance, or plan ahead?

The good news is your summer garden planning can be implemented easily with our suggestions below.

Vacation with the peace of mind that you can return to a healthy, thriving yard, even while you’re away.

In “Stress-Free Summer Garden Planning” – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 100 – learn ideas for how to maintain your yard during vacation (or any time of year).

This episode is meant for any gardener who is looking for quick, efficient summer gardening ideas.


If you’re looking to automate one thing in your yard right now, definitely invest in a water timer and a drip hose. You can set up a watering schedule to take care of all your watering needs while you are away! We love our Orbit water timer and have one set up to water our backyard plants and vegetable garden areas.

✅ This specific water timer would be perfect for your garden any time of year! It is easy to set-up and will water your plants for however long you need. 


Read on to learn about other tips for managing your garden while on vacation.

Summer Garden Planning

You need a plan of action for your garden so you don’t lose all your hard work.

Below are some ideas and an example of how to quickly roll it out before you leave and dive into your summer vacation

The plan:

  • Weed for about 10-15 minutes a day for 2-4 days before you leave on your trip.
  • Clean up old blooms and withered plants around your garden for 5-10 minutes two or so days before your trip.
  • Mulch around your plants and spread over older mulch by ½ to 1 inch.
  • Stake plants that are almost ready to bloom.
  • Automate your water system using drip hoses and water timer.

Setting up a watering system is essential so while you are away you can be sure that your plants are staying hydrated. 


Listen to the podcast above for more information!


Summer Gardening Conclusion

Enjoy your vacation by implementing a good summer garden plan in advance.

Your plants will be happy, watered, and ready for you when you return home.

Now we want to hear from you!

Which ideas from our list are you considering for your garden?

Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!


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If your summer garden plans don’t include how to care for your yard while on vacation, you need to listen to this podcast.


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Summer Garden Planning

In this podcast, learn how to prepare for any of your vacations without the fear of returning to a dead or dying yard full of plants.


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What You’ll Learn:

  • Five tips to add to your summer garden plans.
  • Links for further resources or education.


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