There’s nothing better than warm weather and blue skies to coax us outside to enjoy time in our outdoor spaces. However, for a thriving summer garden, it's essential we prepare beds, plants, and our outdoor seating areas so we can enjoy it to its fullest. Here are a few practical tips to help you prep your garden for the season.
Clean and ClearBefore beginning any other garden preparations, start with an overall tidy up of your garden space. Remove any debris, fallen leaves, or dead plants from the previous season. Clearing your garden beds and pathways not only keeps things neat but also eliminates potential hiding spots for pests and diseases.
Super SoilHealthy soil is the foundation of a flourishing garden. Begin by testing the soil's pH level and nutrient content to identify any deficiencies. Amend the soil by adding organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve its structure, drainage, and nutrient-holding capacity. Rake the soil to break up any clumps and remove weeds that may have sprouted.
Mulch MagicMulching is a gardener's secret weapon during the hot summer months. Apply a layer of organic mulch around your plants to help retain moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature. Organic materials like wood chips, straw, or shredded leaves make excellent mulches. Ensure you leave a small space around the plant stems to prevent moisture-related issues.
Water WisdomWith summer comes increased heat and evaporation, making efficient watering crucial. Develop a watering schedule based on your garden's specific needs, adjusting for rainfall and temperature changes. Water well, yet infrequently, to encourage deep root growth and prevent shallow root systems. Consider using a soaker hose or drip irrigation system to deliver water directly to the plant roots while minimizing water loss.
Pruning to PerfectionPruning promotes healthy growth and maintains a good shape for your plants. Remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches from shrubs and trees, allowing for better air circulation and reducing the risk of infection. Regularly deadheading spent flowers will encourage further flowering by redirecting the plant's energy towards new growth.
Seating SelectionsOnce all the practical preparations have been made, turn your attention to making the most of your space with furniture that maximises your enjoyment. Smaller seating options such as benches, bistros and cocoons nestle within quieter, peaceful nooks of your garden, whilst larger sofa and dining sets will allow you to play host to all your friends and family for garden gatherings. Think carefully about colour, material and the amount of people you want to accommodate within the area available, so you complement, rather than crowd, your space and create a sense of balance.
Creating a garden fit for summer is an investment that pays off in pretty flowers, delicious fruits and vegetables and an outdoor space to enjoy all season long.