Are you looking forward to getting back into the garden after a long winter? Summer is on its way, and reopening your own little piece of the “great outdoors” can seem daunting. Learn how to get your garden ready for summer with a few easy tips.
You may notice a few stray weeds and tufts of grass around the border of your garden. Some may even be poking up between the plants. Pulling those out now will prevent them from growing deeper roots and becoming harder to remove later.
Clean Your Workspace
Just like a tidy desk or kitchen, a clean work area will make your job much easier. Give your patio, walkway, or deck a good sweep to clear away excess dirt. Clean and organize your shed if you have one, and make sure to wipe last year’s debris off of all your gardening tools.
Make a Plan
What sorts of plants do you want in your garden this year? Consider aesthetic appeal, fragrance, and the potential for attracting pollinators. For example, if you’d like to plant a bee-friendly garden, keep it far enough from doors and windows to prevent bees from getting in the house. What about a vegetable garden? A few herbs? Plan out what you’d like to plant and where before you get to work.
Test Your Sprinkler System
Make sure you set up a proper irrigation system garden as needed. Test your sprinklers and hoses, keeping an eye out for bubbling water, low pressure, and uneven watering. If you notice any of these, they may be signs your irrigation system is faulty.
Plant, Plant, Plant
Now it’s time to get your hands dirty! Plant your seeds, seedlings, and young plants securely according to the plan you sketched out earlier. Use high-quality soil that’s rich in nutrients and plenty of fertilizer, and mulch any areas prone to growing weeds.
Decorate the Area
Make your garden somewhere people want to visit. Artfully arrange a couple of outdoor chairs, hang up string lights or paper lanterns, or tuck a couple of whimsical statues in between plants.
Preparing your garden for the summer months doesn’t have to be a chore; it can be an art project. Now that you’ve learned how to get your garden ready for summer, you can proceed with confidence and enjoy the outdoors all season long.