Do you ever get discouraged from planting anything in the spring because you know it will start looking wilted and a little sad by the time summer rolls around? Often we get asked about keeping your landscaping just as vibrant in the summer as they are when they’re first planting in the spring. Taking care of your garden is just as comfortable in the summertime. Two of the main things to keep an eye out is how much water it’s getting and keeping up with the weeds. In this blog, we’ve gathered some tips and tricks for creating the perfect garden for the upcoming seasons or getting yourself prepared for next year!
1. Research, research, research: While spring seems to be the ideal time to plant new seeds or transplants from a pot to the landscape; not all plants are created equal. Researching the plants, you’re thinking of getting beforehand is vital for a successful growing season. Many plants actually thrive in the warmer and sunnier time of the year, where others prefer the cooler weather.
2. Have space: Whether you have a large plot of land that you want to decorate with bright, vibrant flowers or starting your gardening adventures, you need to make sure you have sufficient space for the plants you want. You don’t want to plant watermelon seeds on a pot if you don’t have space in your yard for the rest of their growth. There’s no limit to what you grow in the area you have, and you have to plan accordingly.
3. Be careful with watering: While water is essential to the care and growth of your plants, you can drown your plants if you’re not careful. Too much moisture could rot out the roots of your plants. You only need to water your plants when the soil feels dry. If the soil is already damp, then your plants are good to go for the day. Mother Nature will also help out with moisture because of rain and even humidity.
4. Grow what you enjoy the most: With so many things to choose from, it’s natural to get overwhelmed on what you want to plant. If you’re starting, stick with plants you know you enjoy, especially for fruits and vegetables. If you don’t like how a plant looks or tastes when it’s fully grown, you won’t be interested in taking care of it.
5. Don’t let weeds take over: Weeds can get out of control very quickly. They seem to double and triple overnight if you’re not staying on top of them. With warmer temperatures and higher humidity, the weeds are going to be out in full force. If you can, prepare the area beforehand to prevent weeds. You can use something like a landscape fabric that can be laid down before you start planting. Holes can be cut for whatever plants you have in the garden, but the rest of the surface will be covered. This prevents weeds from getting through the soil, but the fabric allows your plants to get the water, nutrients, and sunlight to grow. Mulch is another excellent weed deterrent!