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I am so excited to share 5 Ways To Clean Up Your Garden For Summer. Now that summer is on our doorstep, it’s time to clean up your garden!
If you are anything like me, you might be getting anxious to clean up your garden. We all want to enjoy the beauty of a groomed garden when it’s in full bloom.
As the days get warmer, my gardening to-do-list seems to be growing longer each day.
So grab your favorite clippers, rake, wheelbarrow, and let’s get this garden clean-up started.
Let’s look at 5 ways to clean up your garden for summer friends!
First you want to trim off any dead foliage from last summer, if you didn’t do this in the fall. You also want to remove any leaves, or other debris that may have accumulated over the winter months. You can use a rake to remove debris, just be careful not to harm any plants coming up.
Some foliage can be easily removed by hand, and others may require pruning shears.
No gardener can truly be ready for the season, without a few tools up her sleeve. I am a huge fan of Gardena products. I use them all the time, and they make pruning so much easier for me!
This year we are using Gardena Garden Secateurs to help prune back our garden. The Bypass secateurs offer precision, and are suited for cutting living plant tissue. They can be used to cut young or soft wood, as well as semi-woody garden bushes and shrubs. Not only are they light weight, they are extremely comfortable to hold while working in your garden. The durable buffer protects your hands and wrists and allows you to work longer, and get all your gardening tasks done effortlessly.
We usually have a ton of leaves left over from fall. So many branches and twigs that need to be cleaned up. Having a wheelbarrow or garden container nearby is always helpful. These are easy to move around, and can hold a lot of debris.
If you have any annuals you planted that are dried out or dead, be sure to pull them out or cut them back. Sometimes these come back, sometimes they don’t. Tip- you will know if they surveyed your winter if they are showing signs of life. For example, green stems or foliage. If you are not sure just let them be until you are completely sure they are dead.
Next you want to make sure you weed the area. Tip, the quicker you can get rid of the weeds the better. Be sure to remove the root of the weed, or it will keep coming back.
Spring is a great time to plant new annuals, perennials, and shrubs. If you are like us and live in a colder region, right before summer is our prime time to plant. Usually we start after Mother’s Day, as we can have snow well into May.
This is a fun time to visit your local nursery or garden center and see what is blooming in your area. Does something fun catch your eye as you are driving down the road? Maybe you can add that to your garden?
This is also a good time to see what isn’t working in your garden. Maybe you have a plant that just doesn’t seem to do well each year. Does it need more sun, maybe less water? Research and see if you need to transplant it to a new area. You may have a plant that is just thriving, and maybe you want to divide it, and fill in another area.
Let’s talk about soil. After a long winter, this is the perfect time to revitalize your soil. If you are looking to make your plants happy, a good dose of fertilizer will do the trick.
We like to flip our soil, and mix it up and add some compost in our vegetable garden.
Some people like to mulch, some people don’t, this is truly this is your preference. Personally, in my opinion 1-3 inches of mulch, can have huge benefits for your garden. It not only keeps weeds away, it gives nutrients back into the soil. You don’t want your soil to dry out, and mulch helps keep the moisture in, which gives your plants that beautiful pop of color!
I always take a photo of our plant tags, so I can easily refer back to the care directions. This year we have decided to keep a gardening notebook. This can be helpful to easily refer back to plants/care. You can even tape your plant tags right inside the notebook or by the garden bed section.
You will want to water your garden beds thoroughly, on a weekly schedule, with a good soaking. This is important if you haven’t been getting too much rain. We also water our beds in the morning, so that the surface can dry out before nightfall. This keeps your micro colony of bugs and insects down in the soil, instead of coming to the surface and eating all your new growth. Slugs are our main culprit, so we plant more than we need to give Mother Nature her fair share.
Be sure to keep an eye on the color of your plants, so you can know if they need more nutrients. If they are turning yellow, this is a sign it’s probably time to add some kind of fertilizer to your water, or a dry mix. You can add this directly to the soil. Just be sure to follow the directions, per the fertilizer that you pick, as each one is different.
Does this get you excited and ready to get back to your garden? We hope these 5 Ways To Clean Up Your Garden For Summer are helpful for you this garden season.
Be sure to check out our 7 ways to get your yard ready for summer!