How to Prepare Your Garden for Summer. A garden clean up checklist you can use to get ready for planting!
This is a guest post from Emily from Cacti Specialists, where she shares some pretty helpful tips on how to prepare your yard and gardens for summer. You can read more on Emily below.
As the weather warms up and the sun starts to appear, it’s high time to get your garden ready! But don’t wait until there’s plenty of summer sunshine to prepare your garden. Spring is the best season to begin tending to your garden and make it in tip-top shape.
And before you get your hands dirty, you will need to inspect your garden space first. And as you do, you can make a list of all the things you will need to do to achieve the garden of your dreams. Here are some of the best gardening tips to make it beautiful, healthy, and flourishing all summer long!
Garden Clean-Up Checklist
First off, ready your garden by cleaning it up of all accumulated debris. These could be weeds, sticks, tree branches, dead plants, and fallen leaves. When it comes to weeds, make sure to remove it entirely and be careful of leaving any roots. Also, be sure to get rid of everything that is unnecessary in your garden space.
Tidy Up Your Flower Beds and Borders
Now that you cleared all debris in your garden, it’s time to neaten up your flower beds and borders. This means not only getting rid of debris such as old plants and weeds but also cultivating the soil, trimming the edges, and repairing damages in your borders. You don’t need to remove everything, especially thriving plants and flowers. Unless you want to completely revamp your garden.
Moreover, arrange other essential landscape maintenance tasks, including repair. Check for damaged hardscaping such as broken fences and trellises. You should inspect your old or build new raised beds too.
Keep Pests Under Control
Another important gardening job you should always do this time of year is to ensure your garden is free of pests. You should hunt down destructive pests like aphids, vine weevils, grasshoppers, and slugs. Additionally, if possible, opt for a natural pesticide solution.
Pruning old, dead, or diseased branches and leaves are crucial to encourage healthy growth, greater blooms, and aesthetic form. You should prune the blooms before new growth emerges. It’s also important to only use quality and sharp pruning tools to ensure a clean cut.
Prepare the Soil
To prepare your foil for the summer it is best to till your beds for better aeration that will help to promote growth. Tilling the soil also encourages nutrients and water to spread thoroughly. After tilling, you should then enrich your soil by adding organic material to provide more nutrients. You can do so just by adding a rich compost or aged mushroom soil.
Fertilizing is an essential step in preparing your garden as most soil does not provide an adequate amount of nutrients. Doing so will help keep your plants and flowers healthy throughout the season. For newly planted or young plants, you should apply a slow-release fertilizer to supply them enough energy for their growing season. While for mature flowers and shrubs, you can skip fertilizing altogether.
In case you’re not sure what to put, it’s best to do your research or ask a gardening expert.
Mulch and Weed Barrier
Weeds love warmer, sunny days. And it’s wise to proactively plan for weeds! You should not wait for them to germinate and pop above the surface. Apply a pre-emergent herbicide, place a landscape fabric or mat, and apply a thick layer of mulch.
Mulching not only keeps weeds from sprouting, but it also works to conserve moisture in your soil. Retaining your soil moisture is especially necessary during the height of the summer heat. Look for an organic mulch that can be anything from dead leaves, wood chips, hay, grass clippings, and others.
Aside from mulch, consider creating a weed barrier too. A barrier, usually cardboard, blocks weeds from growing. It does so by preventing the weeds’ access to sunlight and nutrients. You usually place the weed barrier before you put your plants; and set your garden beds on top of the cardboard.
Grow Heat-loving Flowering Plants and Bulbs
It’s vital to grow plants that can readily adapt to your weather, location, and soil. Different plants have different care needs, such as soil conditions, watering, and sunlight requirements. So it’s best to pick flowering plants and bulbs that thrive well during summertime. Dahlias, lilies, gladioli, iris, ranunculi, and crocuses are known summer plants that also boast splendid colors.
Set Up a Water System
Your plants will appreciate a consistent watering during the dry summer heat. This is essential for their survival and healthy growth. But if you don’t have enough spare time to water your garden, then set up a water system. A sprinkler system that has a timer and moving/sweeping motion capability is your best alternative.
When watering, ideally, it should be done slowly and gradually to allow effective penetration to the root level. It also avoids runoff. Besides, the best time to water your plants is when the temperature is rather cool, which is either early morning or at night.
Collect and Recycle Rainwater
Another practical and eco-friendly spring garden clean up tip is to collect and recycle rainwater. Not only that you’ll lessen your utility costs, but rainwater is incredibly beneficial to your plants too. So start installing water butts to collect rainwater.
Prepare Your Outdoor Furniture
Finally, don’t forget to prep your furniture. Summer calls for lots of fun and leisure time with your friends and family. And it’s always a good idea to have some nice, sturdy furniture. Since an outdoor lounge will make your recreation time more enjoyable, relaxing, and comfortable.
If your old outdoor furniture needs some replacing, then purchase a suitable one that has water-resistant cushions and surfaces that are easy to clean. In case you’re bringing out your beloved furniture which you’ve packed away during the winter, then it’s best to clean it up. Have a quick look to see if it may have collected some dust. Don’t forget also to inspect if the cushions have any damage or in need of refurbishing.
All the tips above will help your garden to be ultra dazzling this summer. So follow this garden clean up checklist to have a gloriously refreshed outdoor space!
Hello, I’m Emily from Cacti Landscape where she is a marketing specialist, having her main focus on developing and implementing various ideas both for online and offline marketing. She is currently being specialized also in content writing, having her main focus on home improvement, maintenance, and real estate issues.