It’s that time of year to show your garden some love. Yes, you read that correctly. No one wants a chaotic mess of a garden. Your garden needs some life after the long winter we’ve had, so don’t let the miserable British weather put you off from tending to your patch of green. The idea of a British summer is still on the horizon and when the sun decides to pop out, you will be happy that you prepared your garden. And the time to start preparing is now.
So how do you prepare your summer oasis of a garden?
Put your garden gloves on because it’s time to start weeding. Weeds suffocate your garden and, if you let them overgrow, they will take away the nutrients your other plants need. Hunker down on your hands and knees and start yanking. A little handy tip is that the best time to pull those weeds is after some light rainfall, because the weeds become much easier to pull out. After, use weed killer sprays, which can be found in most stores and gardening centres. This is an effortless way to keep your garden free from weeds and looking good all summer.
Prune and trim away at your spring bushes and trees. You don’t want to have an overcrowded garden. Grab those gardening tools and start trimming away. This way, you keep your garden looking fresh and tidy.
Sweep away those unwanted dead leaves and plants. They make your garden look wild and messy. You need to sweep them away to make room for the new colourful and blooming plants that are trying to make their way to the surface. Grab a rake and sweep away.
With summer not too far away, it’s not too late to plant a couple more flower seeds and bulbs. Bulbs such as Oriental lilies, Bearded irises and Dahlias don’t take long to bloom. Start planting them now to add a splash of lushness and colour to your garden just in time for summer.
Slugs, snails, and aphids oh my! These are a few of the common garden pests that can infest your garden. Keep them away by using pest control sprays. However, the strong chemicals may harm your plants and kill of insects that are beneficial to your garden. If you want to opt for a more natural way you can. A few examples of homemade remedies for pest control are milk and water or lemon juice and water. Mix well and spray them into your garden. Not only do they get rid of pests, they also add nutrients to the soil and plants. If you’re still unsure, grab a few gardening books or have a whiz on the Internet on how to get rid of pests naturally.
Finally, don’t forget to water your plants. When the sun decides to come out, it can get incredibly hot. If you’re not careful, the beautiful flowers and plants you spent time planting will dry out, wither and die. Remember that plants get thirsty too. Pour some water into a watering can or grab that garden hose and water your garden.
Remember to take the time to give your garden a little tender love and care. You will be rewarded by a lush, colourful and blooming garden.
What tips do you have that are essential for a summer garden? Leave them in the comment section below.
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