Summer is coming, and it’s time to get your garden ready! Whether you’re a gardening novice or an experienced green thumb, this blog post has all the tips and tricks you need to make your outdoor space summer-ready. From pruning and planting to choosing the perfect patio furniture, we’ll help you transform your garden into a beautiful oasis.

  1. Tidy Up the Garden

Making your garden summer-ready starts with tidying up. Start by mowing and feeding the lawn, weed out old blooms and prune any shrubs that need attention. To get your garden looking its best, take a few extra steps, such as stretching to reach hard-to-reach areas and taking care of your lawn. After that, you can enjoy the finished look of a clean and tidy garden from the comfort of your home.

  1. Aerate the Ground

It is important to aerate the ground to keep your lawn lush and green during the summer. Core aeration is the best way to reduce soil compaction and help retain moisture. To do this, plan to aerate compacted areas at least once a year using a core aerator. This will help create air pockets in the soil, allowing oxygen and water to penetrate it better. Additionally, spreading a minimum of 2-3 inches of compost or aged manure onto your ground can help enrich the soil and promote growth in your garden. Too much of either can be detrimental, so do not exceed four inches. Finally, lay down a blanket of organic material such as straw, leaves, shredded paper or cardboard for an extra layer of protection for your soil.

  1. Weed Regularly

Weed regularly to keep your garden looking neat, healthy and summer-ready. Start weeding early in the season to gain momentum and stay ahead of those pesky plants. Use a light mulch to prevent weeds from sprouting. Keep an eye out for any new weed growth, especially during the warm months, and take action to remove them before they can flower and go to seed. Clear the ground of weeds and sod in the area you plan to plant and let sleeping weeds lie. Weeding regularly will help ensure your garden is ready for summertime!

  1. Feed the Lawn

When feeding your lawn in preparation for summer, it’s important to use a slow-release fertilizer to prevent scorching. Cool-season grasses should be fertilized twice a year, in spring and fall. Lawn & Weed Expert’s specially-formulated summer lawn feed is ideal for this, as it provides the necessary nutrients without the risk of scorching. Additionally, regular watering will ensure your lawn has enough water to absorb the nutrients properly. With the right care and attention, you can ensure your lawn is lush and vibrant all summer!

  1. Water Regularly

Watering your garden regularly during the summer months is an important part of keeping it looking healthy and vibrant. Add water to the soil in small doses to support your plants and lawn. Sprinklers or buckets and mugs make for an efficient watering system. To reduce evaporation, use a mulch to cover the soil with a blanket of organic material such as straw, leaves, shredded paper or cardboard. If you live in an area with extreme drought, opt for drought-resistant planting and increase the watering frequency throughout the garden. You can also use a 50% green shade net for roofing young and delicate plants for added protection from the sun’s rays. Make sure to water your garden daily for the best results.

  1. Trim Hedges and Trees

Trimming hedges and trees can be a daunting task, but it is essential for keeping your garden looking neat and tidy. To ensure your plants stay healthy, it’s important to prune them regularly. Basic maintenance pruning should involve cutting each stem back to a bud between six and 10 inches above ground level for deciduous and evergreen trees. For hedges, wait until early summer to trim them and ensure not to cut the grass too short when mowing. Removing any winter-injured foliage from evergreens like boxwood or holly firethorn in the spring is also a good idea. With regular care and attention, your garden will soon be ready for summer!

  1. Remove Everything from Sheds

Removing everything from your shed is an important step before the summer starts. This ensures that your shed is clean and organized and ready to store any extra items you may need for the summer. It also allows you to inspect the shed and ensure it’s in good condition. Make sure to check for any signs of wear and tear, as well as check for any pests or rodents that may have found their way in. Once your shed is cleared out, you’ll enjoy a neat and orderly space all summer.

  1. Add Plants, Flowers or Vegetables

Adding plants, flowers or vegetables to your garden is one of the best ways to prepare for summer. You can choose flowers to brighten the area and add colour or vegetables to enjoy delicious home-grown produce. Research the best varieties for your climate zone and soil type when adding plants. Consider which vegetables you’d like to grow, such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, and more. If you’re planting flowers, look for those blooming during summer. With some preparation and research, you can have a beautiful garden full of colourful blooms and tasty vegetables!

  1. Install a Fence or Edging

Adding a fence or edging to your garden is an easy way to make it look neat. It can help to define different areas of the garden, like flower beds or vegetable patches, and help to keep pets and pests out. Many types of fence and edging are available to suit any style of garden, from traditional wooden picket fences to modern metal edging. You can even get creative with your fencing using upcycled materials such as old pallets or shutters. Whatever you choose, adding a fence or edging will instantly upgrade the look of your garden and make it summer ready!

  1. Enjoy your New Garden!

After all of the hard work, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour! Whether you’ve added plants, flowers or vegetables, installed a fence or edging, trimmed hedges and trees, or tidied up the garden – your efforts have paid off. Now is the time to appreciate and make the most of your new garden. Invite friends and family over to enjoy a barbecue or alfresco lunch. Take a stroll around the park to admire your handiwork. Spend time outdoors soaking up the sun and appreciating nature’s beauty. With your new garden ready for summer, you can make the most of this season!