4 tasks to do in the garden to prepare for summer

4 tasks to do in the garden to prepare for summer

Private Property South Africa
Private Property Reporter

Summer seasons naturally come with warmer weather which provides the perfect motivation and conducive temperature for some refreshing or fun times around the greens in the garden. This year’s summer is even more social because it comes on the back of a six months lockdown period that individuals and families endured. As the summer season dawns and before you pull out the garden chairs, there are simple steps and measures you can put in place to ensure the garden is up to scratch for the summer fun and unwinding.

Tidy up your flower beds and borders

With dead leaves and foliage falling from trees and bushes in the autumn, your flower beds will probably have collected a fair few during the winter. Remove any dead leaves from your beds and borders, as well as any rubbish that has collected over the winter. Neaten up your borders by trimming the edges, and turn your soil to cultivate it and help plants to thrive.

Cut back any bushes

Spring is the time when new life starts to bloom, but it’s important to first remove any old branches and leaves from your bushes. There may be dead parts that need to be removed to allow for new buds to blossom. Prune bushes and dead head your climbing plants, and this will enable them to flower during the spring and summer.

Plant summer flowering plants and bulbs

A summer garden looks best when it boasts a riot of colour from attractive plants and flowers. To ensure your garden bursts into life this summer, make sure that you plant any summer flowering plants and bulbs in the spring. Lillies, dahlias, crocuses and iris are all great colourful options that you might want to try. Add some manure or plant fertilizer to that grass that has grown dry and patch up some areas with some fresh soil and lay new grass to create a uniform garden outlook.

Water and get the furniture ready

Your garden can’t be good to go without water. t’s best to water early in the morning or late in the evening as this is when the least amount of water is lost due to evaporation and, as basic as it may seem, aim water at the base of the plant to direct the moisture directly to the roots of your plants. Oscillating and circular sprinklers will also make watering larger areas more time efficient and setting a timer will take the stress of remembering to water out of the equation.

Finally, by preparing and cleaning your drab, grey garden furniture, you can transform your garden into the perfect area to entertain yourself and guests during the summer months. Remove excess dirt and soiling, large areas of algae, lichen, fungi or moss with a scraper or stiff brush, then sand, clean the surface and give it some varnish or fresh paint where necessary.

The four steps above should see you have a great garden for a great summer time.

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