5 Steps to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

May 4, 2017

Spring has only just begun, but summer isn’t too far away, and it never hurts to begin preparing early for it. Summer can be quite the doozy on gardens if they haven’t been properly tended to. A persistent sun, the growth of weeds, and the return of pests can all be fatal to a beautiful garden if you are not careful. The following steps can be taken to prevent them and prepare your garden for summer:

Clean Up Beds and Borders

First, is to clean up flower beds and borders. Aerate your flower beds so that they can retain more oxygen to help your plants thrive. Clear them of any debris that may have accumulated over the fall and winter seasons. Thatch can prevent sunlight from reaching down to the roots of your plant, thus killing them.

Fertilize Your Yard

Second, fertilize your yard in early spring with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer when it first begins to show signs of life again. If your soil is a light brown that definitely means that it is lacking nutrients, and is in need of enrichment. Add about 10 to 15 centimeters and dig it into the soil to loosen the ground, which will make it easier for roots to grow.

Plant Your Seeds

Third, plant your seeds. They will of course not flourish immediately, but those that take longer to grow can generally safely be planted in April and May. If the winter has been especially harsh, they may need a heated propagator or to be grown in a greenhouse if you have one. If you are unsure, most seed packets have information, and links to websites with more detailed guidelines on how to plant them and in which environments they can be sustained.

Get Rid of Pests

Fourth, and most cumbersome, is to get rid of pests. These critters will have hibernated in the crowns of perennials, under the soil, in compost, shrubs, bushes, fruit trees, and any number of other places. Snails, slugs, aphids, and larvae are just a couple of the common pests that you may find. You can remove the larger insects by hand or a water hose, but if they are particularly rampant you may need to resort to more drastic measure sand use parasitic nematodes or chemical drenches. If you come across any insects that are unrecognizable, be careful and do a search on the internet first to determine if they are harmful to your garden, or to you.

Fix All Fences and Borders

Fifth, fix all fences and borders so your plants can be protected against traffic and strong winds before they are strong enough to stand on their own.

These are simply a couple but are some of the most important ways that you can prepare for summer. Tending to a garden is something that requires quite a bit of attention and work, but at the end of the day has a wonderful payoff which you can look at your flourishing and beautiful bit of paradise.