Most people who consider gardening one of their favorite hobbies favor the spring and summer over the colder seasons. While some people might enjoy the hot cocoa, seasonal holidays and layering that comes with fall and winter, any gardener will tell you how much they love when the sun starts coming back out. This is the time of year when your garden really springs to life and starts thriving from all the sun it’s taking in each day. You get to take in the beauty all of your hard work has been for, and enjoy the flowers, vegetables and greenery you’ve been anticipating all year long. In order to enjoy the fruits of all your labor for as long as possible, there are a few things you can do. Follow these tips to keep your garden in great shape all summer.
Get Rid Of Weeds
Most weeds are less than pleasing, aesthetically speaking. However, on top of ruining the look of your garden, weeds can also be the demise of your plants. Weeds grow incredibly quickly, and even before they pop up above the surface, their roots start to leech off of your plants. They soak in the water and nutrients that are meant for your plants, and your garden might even starve them if left to their own devices for too long. If they grow tall enough they can even block your plants from the sun. It’s important to have a plan in place to get rid of weeds, and there are several waysof doing that. Just keep an eye out for weeds every couple of days and get rid of them by the root whenever they appear. The faster you get rid of weeds, the less damage they’re able to do.
Separate Your Garden
It might be a little late for this tip now, but going into the future you might want to reconsider the placement of your garden. Keeping your garden separate from your lawn is essential. Not only does it look much better, but it can keep grass from growing into your garden and soaking up the nutrients your plants need. Use metal, wood, or bricks to create a borden between the two sections. This also helps you fertilize them with the right products, instead of your grass getting what’s meant for your garden, and vice versa.
Keep Your Soil Healthy
One of the most important aspects of having a healthy garden, is healthy soil underneath. Your soil needs to be rich and fertile in order for your garden to thrive. The way to accomplish this is by mixing in fertilizer, compost or mulch. When you plant any new seeds, break up the soil with your hands and add a soil additive to the top layer.
Keep An Eye Out For Pests
One of the main things you need to protect your plants from is pests. While there’s no way to completely keep bugsaway from your garden, it’s important to do what you can to keep the dangerous ones out. Check your plants and flowers for bugs that are specifically damaging to your plants. You can find this information online, but if you have a lot of plants, you might consider hiring a professional landscaper to look over your garden and tell you which pests you need to really watch out for. They can also recommend a repellant or other products that will keep your garden safe from pests and looking great.