Getting your Garden Ready for Summer

The showers of spring remind us that summer is well on its way. Outdoor barbeques, relaxing in the garden, and watching the sunset while curled up on comfortable lawn furniture are staples of summer.

Spring means it’s time to begin making sure your garden is going to be in its best shape for the summer. Taking steps now will ensure that it is beautiful and welcoming for you and your guests all summer long. Before summer arrives, here are some things you should do to make sure your garden is ready.

Schedule a lawn service

Winter can be hard on the grass in your yard. Pooling water and ice may have killed patches of grass, and if you neglected to fertilize, aerate, and overseed your lawn last fall then it might be in need of some TLC before the heat of summer begins. If you’re the handy type, you can take care of your yard yourself, but if you don’t have the time (or the desire!) to take on the task you can certainly hire a company to do this work for you. A professional can tell you exactly what your lawn needs and will care for it on a schedule throughout the summer, keeping your garden looking its absolute best.

Install or prune flowers and bushes

Springtime is the best time to plant new flora in your garden. Whether you choose annuals from your local garden center that must be replanted every year, or perennials which will come back, planting in the spring gives plants time to become established in your hard before the heat of summer. 

If you’re unsure whether annuals or perennials are best, read more about the differences here. Whether you choose just one type or a combination, waiting too long to install plants might mean that your plants will struggle to get enough water and could require more work from you to keep them alive and looking great. 

Last year’s growth needs to be cleared away as well, so if you had an existing garden make sure that dead leaves have been removed and that plants in need of pruning have been pruned so they will look their best this summer. 

Accessorize your garden

A few accessories can help your garden feel more appealing, encouraging you to spend more time outside. An outdoor water fountain adds visual appeal and the sound of gently falling water creates a calm, peaceful environment. No matter how large your garden is you can find one that will be perfect. Other accessories such as decorative spinners, lighting, and statues can bring a variety of textures and colors into your garden and make it more welcoming as well as beautify your garden even when flowers haven’t started blooming yet.

Choose furniture

If you don’t have outdoor furniture, or the furniture you do have didn’t fare well over the winter, now is the time to make sure your garden furniture is in good shape and ready for guests. Existing furniture should be checked for any damage and be cleaned thoroughly before use. If it’s time to buy new furniture, this garden furniture buying guide will help you decide what type of furniture you should get to fit the space you have. Furniture is essential for comfort, and if there’s nowhere nice to sit outside you probably will opt to spend summer days indoors instead of outside in the beautiful weather.

Plan any work that will need to be done

Take a look around your garden and make note of any repairs that might need to be done. Check your fence for any rotting or damaged boards. Check the trees in your garden to see if any dead limbs need to be removed, or if any tree trimming should be done this spring. Double check your cement patio for cracks that might need to be sealed, and make sure your pavers are even to avoid stumbling hazards. If any of this type of work needs to be done by a professional, call them now to get on their schedule before the busy season starts.

If you like spending time outdoors, summer is probably one of your favorite seasons. It doesn’t get much better than enjoying summer from the comfort and convenience of your own garden. Springtime is the best time to get your yard prepared to bring ultimate enjoyment to your summer, so make sure you use this time wisely so you can relax in your garden this summer!

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