As summer approaches, it’s time to get your garden ready for the longer days and warmer temperatures.
From lawn care to plant selection, there are several steps you can take to ensure your garden is in prime condition for the season of barbecues, sunbathing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Choose the Right Plants
Summer is a great time to introduce new plants to your garden. Choose a variety of plants that thrive in summer conditions, such as drought-tolerant perennials, vibrant annuals, and hardy shrubs.
You can find a wide variety of shrubs from The Tree Center that are suitable for summer planting. These can add color, texture, and structure to your garden, making it more appealing and vibrant throughout the season.
A well-maintained lawn can make a significant difference to your garden’s appearance. Start by mowing your lawn regularly, but avoid cutting it too short as this can stress the grass and make it more susceptible to drought.
Also, water your lawn deeply and less frequently to encourage deep root growth, making your lawn more drought-resistant.
Pruning and Mulching
Prune spring-flowering shrubs after they have bloomed to maintain their shape and encourage new growth.
Apply a layer of mulch around your plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
Mulching not only helps your plants stay healthy but also gives your garden a neat, finished appearance.
With the arrival of summer comes the potential for increased pest activity. Regularly check your plants for signs of pests and diseases and treat them as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading.
Consider using organic pest control methods to keep your garden healthy and to protect beneficial insects and wildlife.
Regular watering is crucial during the summer months. Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening to minimize evaporation. Remember, it’s better to water deeply and less frequently, as this encourages plants to develop deep root systems, making them more resilient in dry conditions.
Once you’ve taken care of the basics, it’s time to add some summer flair. Consider pimping your garden with new outdoor furniture, a fire pit for cool summer nights, or a hammock for lazy afternoons.
Add pops of color with bright cushions, outdoor rugs, and decorative garden ornaments. Don’t forget to set up a shaded area, whether that’s under a tree, an umbrella, or a purpose-built pergola.
Installing a Water Feature
Adding a water feature can be the perfect final touch for your summer-ready garden. From small birdbaths to ornate fountains or even a pond, a water feature can provide a relaxing ambiance and serve as a significant point of interest in your garden.
The sound of flowing water creates a serene environment and can help mask any unwanted noise from traffic or neighbours. Moreover, water features can attract a variety of wildlife into your garden, such as birds and beneficial insects, adding another layer of interest to your outdoor space.
Preparing your garden for summer involves a combination of practical care and creative embellishment. From choosing the right plants and taking care of your lawn to pruning and mulching, controlling pests, and ensuring proper watering, these steps can help you create a healthy, appealing garden space. But don’t forget the fun part – pimping your garden with stylish additions that will make your outdoor space the perfect summer retreat.