Summer is here! The gardener’s guide

It’s not quite here, but it is well and truly on its way.

Some people will spruce up their home and prepare for summer, while for others it is all about the garden. It could be said that the green fingers era has stepped up a notch over recent years, with a lot of people fully aware about the benefits that this has on curb appeal.

It means that when summer comes there is a flurry of us heading out to our gardens to try and add a touch of outdoor glamour to our properties. Of course, we’re not all experts in the gardening world, and this is where today will hopefully assist.

Firstly, let’s talk about weeding. Unfortunately, this can be a do or die situation for your garden. It can look the part and be the envy of neighbors, or it can completely flop as it gets taken over by seasonal weeds.

It means that you need to get your house in order in good time. Make sure you apply mulch, cultivate and apply weed mats wherever you can. You might also have to arm yourself with some weed killer, but the whole point is to try and stop the weeds before it gets to that point.

Secondly, let’s talk about seasonal flowers. Some gardens will turn to evergreen options to limit the amount of future upkeep, but others will want something to bring out the best of summer. There are scores of examples (and check the resources for a more comprehensive list), but some include:

  • Garden Cosmos
  • Lantana
  • Daylilies
  • Petunias

Now that your garden is armed with suitable flowers, don’t be afraid of pruning. It might sound like quite a drastic measure, but by deadheading flowers you can actually encourage a second set which will make your yard even more beautiful.

Finally, let’s talk about watering. This will largely depend on the area you reside in but on the whole, your plants are going to be thirsty. Several days without water can start to damage them, so make sure you prepare accordingly.

This doesn’t have to be about a hosepipe either (although this helps). Keep sticking your finger in the soil to test the moisture content, and act promptly if it doesn’t feel damp.

Granted, all of the above suggestions are quick hacks, but by abiding by them you will ensure that your garden both has the right summer blend and is looked after in a way that won’t compromise your green purchases!

Resources

A special thanks to the following pages:

  1. BHG: A few tips that just highlight the point about garden landscaping playing into the whole curb appeal concept.
  2. RHS: A complete guide to how you should approach weeding in your garden. It is a UK resource but most of the tips apply worldwide.
  3. Good Housekeeping: A list of thirty summer flowers that can help you on your way to a vibrant garden.
  4. Avas Flowers: More flower examples. Avas Flowers have been going for some time now and there are some excellent examples on the Avas Flowers Pinterest page for those wanting added inspiration.
  5. The Spruce: A quick resource that shows how to pinch, deadhead and cut back flowers.
  6. Gardeners.com: This is an extensive guide on when to water your garden and how you should do it.