Gardening Tips for Summer

Many of us dream of having the perfect garden. While many professionals have the horticultural prowess necessary to design such a garden, other people will probably give up all hope of ever having one. However, there are a few ways in which you can create a garden which is to your liking this summer. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to getting a dream garden of your own:

  • Watering your plants requires a lot of knowledge, care and caution. Initially, it can be hard to get right, but by giving priority to some plants over others, your flowers stand a better chance of growing how you hoped they would. You should pay the majority of your attention to pot plants, newly-planted plants, leafy vegetables kept in your kitchen and, if necessary, your lawn.

  • Weeding at the start of the summer will save you a huge amount of work during the rest of the season. If left too late, the weeds could undo any work you’ve put into growing your plants so far.
  • When feeding your plants, you need to get the amount just right. In some cases, overfeeding can lead to pests and diseases, while undernourishment can severely impair a plant’s growth. Feeding them weekly with a high nitrogen feed could be the answer to your prayers.
  • The best time to start planting is in early summer, when late frosts usually end. By planting them at that time, your vegetables or flowers should grow as you’d hoped. If timed exactly right, when cut, some of your plants could look just as good as flowers from Interflora.
  • In the summer, to keep your lawn looking great, it needs to be mown on a weekly basis. Leaving it for too long means that it could look untidy. Set a certain type of length you prefer for your lawn, and stick with it.
  • If you haven’t fed your lawn in the spring, there’s still time to do so. However, you’ll need to buy a fast-acting lawn feed for it to look how you want.
  • As you’ll be spending plenty of time in your garden, there will be plenty of time for you to do some forward planning. This could involve evaluating which plants work best in your garden, what improvements, if any, you would like to make and what you plan to do for future summers. If there’s something you didn’t quite get right, there’s always next year.

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