Overwhelmed! That's how you are probably feeling when it comes to getting your garden ready for summer. After all, it's pretty hard to sit out and enjoy the hot weather, when your yard is covered in weeds, overgrown plants, and clutter. Luckily, there is an easy way to ensure your garden is ready to enjoy once the hot weather starts to roll in. Just keep reading to find out more.
A Summer Ready Garden Is Only Six Steps Away…
The first step to getting your garden summer ready is to trip is back to the bare essentials. Yes, this is the part that requires the most work, and as you know, gardening can really take it out of you. With that in mind, it may be better to decide on a few different weekends to doing this work as early in the spring as possible. Then you don't have to do every single task all in one go.
Additionally, using the right equipment can make this step go faster and help it to be a lot easier physically as well. What this means is buying or hiring long handled weed removers, strimmers, and even chainsaws, if you have large areas of shrubs or trees that need to be cut back.
Of course, when using power tools of any kind, safety needs to be your number one priority, and with that in mind if you aren't sure how to operate the tools you need, do employ a professional to do it. After all, you won't be able to get your garden summer ready if you are in the hospital recovering from an injury!
Once you have paired back any overgrowth, it's really time to consider what you want your revamped garden area to look like. In fact, this stage can be pretty fun because you get to use your imagination and come up with all sorts of themes and ideas that you could enjoy once summer hits.
Of course, the design or theme that you choose for your garden will depend on several things, including budget, personal taste, and the space that you have available. Bear in mind though that the most popular choice tends to be designs that are easy to maintain, such as Zen or Japanese influenced gardens or outdoor spaces with a wild or cottage style look.
Now is also the time to decide if you are going to install any walkways or paths in your garden, as its best to get these done first. Of course, you don't have to add these if you don't want. However, they can actually help to delineate your garden space effectively and make it easier for everyone to get from one section of the garden to another, something that will encourage more use of the space.
When you have a clear idea about the type of garden, you will be creating, you can begin the tasks that will lead you to your finished product. In particular, it's worth getting in any larger plants such as trees or substantial shrubs used for shade, in first, as these will cause the most significant disruption.
Additionally, now is the time to decide where to site any patio or seating areas, an absolute must for those wishing to maximize their time in the garden come summer. In fact, many people choose to position those close to their homes, because then it makes it easier to bring out food and drinks and entertain outside.
Once the main features are in it's time to think on a smaller, more detailed scale. This means giving attention to each of the flower beds that you have available, whether they be directly in the ground, raised, or in the form of pots.
Of course, the flora that you choose to plant will need to look is best come summer time, so you will want to go for things like Lily of the Nile that flower between July and September. Additionally, be sure that the plants and flowers you chose not only look aesthetically pleasing but are well suited to both the type of soil you have in your location, as well as the climate as well.
In fact, failing to check the soil type before you spend a lot of money on plants for your garden can cause them to fail once in the ground. Something that won't be good for your garden or your wallet.
Once you are happy with all of you planting choices, it's time to add some additional accessories to your garden, to make it as comfortable as possible to spend time in.
The first and arguably most crucial garden accessory to buy is something that will provide shade that you can sit under. The reason being that this will allow you to use your garden at all times of the day, even during the height of summer.
A garden parasol can work well for smaller space. However, if you are looking for a larger area to shade, why not consider installing a veranda or a sun sail instead?
You will also want to find some attractive and comfortable garden furniture on which you can relax outside. Happily, there are a myriad of choices to pick from when it comes to chairs, sofas, tables, and even sun loungers. Many of which will not only provide you with a comfortable spot in which to rest in the sun, but also enhance the look of your garden as well.
Finally, step six, one that many people forget about, is to decorate your garden like you would the interior of your home. OK, so not exactly like that because you won't be hanging framed pictures or adding lampshades. Although there are still many beautiful accessories that you can include.
For example, hanging fairy lights in the trees and above the patio can be a simple method of making your garden space much more inviting. Many people also use mirrors in the garden not only to make their space look bigger but also to reflect as much light as possible, creating a pleasant effect.
In fact, you really can add any type of garden decoration that you like, as long as it's safe and encourages you to spend more time outside because after all isn't that what summer is for?