Top Tips: Get your garden ready for summer!
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Summer is rapidly approaching! But as you look at your garden is it ready to enjoy this summer?
It has been such a wet and snowy winter that most of us have not really done much to our gardens for months. We are now in the position of trying to get things sorted quickly so that we can get out there and enjoy the sun. But where to start?
Even though spring has already sprung, there is still a lot you can do to get your garden quickly looking ship shape and summer-ready. If you follow our five point plan below, you will be well on the way:
- Plan.Think what you would like to do with your garden this year. If you do want to make changes then you need a plan. Consider what is already in your garden that you want to keep, what you want to get rid of, and what new things you want to add. There are lots of apps that can help you do this or you may want to draw out a plan on paper.
If you do want to add more plants, you need to make sure that you plant them in the best balance of light and shade. Also check the best time of year to plant them: spring is a good time to plant summer-flowering bulbs, for example dahlias, cannas and lilies, and also perennials such as lupins, delphiniums, foxgloves and peonies.
- Spring clean.At the same time as planning the bigger picture, you need to get on with clearing the way for it all to happen! Now is the time for a good general garden tidy up to cut back overgrown plants and shrubs and get rid of old leaves and debris. Also clean any garden outbuildings and garden furniture, and check fences and other garden structures for winter damage.
- Prepare. It’s no-one’s favourite task but it’s worth doing a quick inventory of your garden tools. Do any of your existing tools need repairing, sharpening or replacing? It is worth taking the time to check everything before the serious gardening starts, or you could end up very frustrated not being able to finish a job due to your tools letting you down.
If you are going to do some planting it is important to prepare the ground by breaking up the soil, raking it and aerating it. You can then use compost to add nutrients to the soil by using some kind of compost.
- Plant. For anything that you are planting, check that you are using the best type of soil and sunlight that it needs. For best results, some plants may need to be started off either indoors or in pots. Some outdoor plants can be purchased part grown and ready to put straight into the garden, others can be planted outdoors straight from seed.
The easiest way to plant seeds is to make a furrow on the surface of the flowerbed into which you can add water then scatter the seeds thinly before covering with soil. If the weather is a bit unpredictable you may want to cover them with netting or plastic sheeting for protection. It is also helpful to label what you have put where.
- Keep it going. Once you have got your summer garden well under way, the important thing is to maintain it regularly. Getting into a routine of watering, grass cutting, weeding and trimming is well worth it. Also remember to check fences and other structures regularly and repair any damage as soon as you spot it, rather than leainv it to get worse.
We hope that the above tips help you to get your garden summer-ready and enjoy it! If you need some extra funds to help with your garden refurbishment we may be able to help. We offer a variety of loans – including bad credit logbook loans – so do get in touch with us online or call us on 0330 400 4137.