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How to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

A lot happens in the summer time. Getting the most out of the warm sun and all that goes along with it should be easy, and it is. We share tips and tricks on how to prepare your garden for summer. 

There are different ways the ground should be prepared in different areas of the garden. Some areas get more sun than others, some areas may get more water. Things are all things to think about when preparing your garden.  

What do you want to plant and where? 

Having an idea of what type of plants you want to have in your garden really helps. Knowing where you want to plant them is even better.  Planning ahead and knowing what type of plants you wish to have in your garden, will enable you to forward plan as to where in the garden they will survive. So often we see a beautiful plant, tree or bush, and think wow – I know just where I am going to plant this.  Upon doing so a few weeks or so later, your dream has diminished quite swiftly, as the plant you planted isn’t suited to the particular area you have chosen.   

Your healthy and thriving new addition to the garden has probably been the receiver being put in the wrong place of the garden. 

 It is worthwhile taking a bit of time to do some research on the plants you want to have. Determining what conditions the plant will thrive in, will benefit you in the long run. 

Prepare the soil 

Give your beds a good turn by working in some added nutrients. Use a garden shovel, or get stuck in with a gardening fork. The tools needed are easy, and you don’t have to dig too deep to get results.

It is best to work the soil when it is a bit damp.  You don’t need to dig too deep either – around 6 – 10cm will do the trick.

Weeds

Weeds are always there throughout the year.  However around Spring time is where they show up everywhere and in everything.

Weeds are plants that grow wildly and are generally not wanted. They tend to take over as they grow so quickly.  Their root systems often prevent the growth of other plants around them.  Hence the reason we just don’t want them around.

Try and catch the weeds in early Spring to avoid them sprouting up in your garden and flower beds.  There are weed killing sprays you can use, and of course manually removing them.

Compost

Once your soil is turned and all the weeds removed. You can then turn your attention to the nutrients that your garden beds need.

By adding mushroom compost to the soil it helps prepare it for the upcoming summer. Compost provides nutrients to the soil as well as aids in the fight against weeds.  It also holds in water and prevents surface compaction. This is an imperative step in getting your beds ready.  Compost will create a healthy and happy environment for the new plants that come along.

Roots

If you are removing plants that will not grow in Summer, you can leave some of the roots behind.  Roots are a good source of nutrients for the soil and won’t cause harm to new plants.  The roots also help to keep the soil aerated and assist in keeping the soil moist.

Garden Tools

Remember to clean all your gardening tools once you have done what you set out to do.  Cleaning your tools helps prevent rust, and cross contamination. It is possible that your tools got close to a plant that is disease ridden – you don’t want this to spread.