As the Spring becomes Summer, our gardens look to us for help. With seedlings to plant, seeds to germinate, soil to fertilize, debris to remove, and tools to fix or purchase, you may be feeling overwhelmed. Luckily, we’ve condensed nearly all of the pre-Summer gardening tasks into an easy-to-use, five-step guide. Whether you’re wondering whether to pull weeds or put down pavers, this guide will help you make the best decisions, and in the right order. You’ll be standing in your garden, admiring your bright summer florals in no time at all!
1. Clear Your Beds
Spring storms and leftover debris from the Winter season may be holding your garden beds back. The first thing you must do to prepare your garden for summer is to clear them off broken and dead branches, leaves, and weeds. Pruning or removing dead plants is also a must. When you have finished, you should have a cleared area perfect for planting some seedlings. Be sure to get this chore completed as quickly as possible, or you may spend the whole of the Summer trying to get your plants to catch up with the season!
2. Have Your Tools Ready
Though it may seem strange to clean your gardening tools right before getting them dirty again, correctly maintaining your equipment will save you time and money. Just scrub metal components with mild soap and water, and use linseed or tung oil to keep wooden handles from splitting or splintering. Instead of running out to your local landscaping shop for a new shovel or spade, perform annual tool maintenance. You’ll be glad you did.
3. Aerate and Amend Your Soil
Before planting any seeds or seedlings, it is imperative that you aerate and amend your soil. When Winter comes, the soil in your garden hardens and freezes. When Spring arrives, the snows melt, and that icy soil becomes mud. But as Summer approaches, the water evaporates, leaving your land dry, unfertilized, and deoxygenated.
Adding compost – such as coffee grounds – to your soil will improve its quality. Use a rake or hoe to turn the soil over, almost like mixing ingredients for a cake, until the compost and soil are well mixed. Doing this adds oxygen, an element that is necessary for most carbon-based lifeforms to survive.
4. Design Your Plan and Set Your Budget
Perhaps you’d like to lay some paving stones down, keep things simple, or even have a garden that all of your neighbors and friends will feel envious of! Whatever your gardening goals this summer, be sure to have a well-made plan for the space you’re using. If you are struggling with ideas, proportions, or materials to use, check out the projects on priceyourjob.co.uk. Not only are you likely to gather inspiration from their gardening projects, but you can also find a price quote for each project, saving you time when constructing a budget.
5. Don’t Forget!
Besides clearing the space for your Summer plants, maintaining those plants is the most important thing to remember. It is easy to see a beautiful, young garden and think that your job is done, but gardens require constant eyeing to remain attractive. Ensuring that your plants are getting their necessary amounts of nutrients, water, and the sunlight is vital. But keeping weeds and pests away is also essential. Mulch can help prevent weeds from growing and keep roots moist on dry and sunny days.
There is no time to waste! If you’d like a gorgeous Summer garden, the best time to start is now. Clearing your garden beds can be done at any time, and you can have your tools ready long before the season begins. Once the soil is soft enough to be aerated, add your compost or fertilizer, and get that soil breathing! Then sit down and design your plan, the budget included. Use professional help if you’re unsure of costs or undecided on a design. And lastly, keep maintaining your garden throughout the Summer to ensure beautiful blooms and healthy plants. Happy gardening!