Whether you simply enjoy the backyard scenery or grow vegetables in your garden, you need to know how to prepare your garden for the summer. It’s best to start prepping your garden during the spring so that you’re good to go by the time the heat arrives. There are several simple steps you can take to get your garden ready for summer.
Take Inventory of Your Garden
Preparing your garden for summer means knowing what you need to do. We recommend surveying your garden to find out. Keep an eye out for the following issues:
- Flower beds that need cleaning
- Damage from snow or ice
- Animal damage to woody plants
- Hidden burrows stowing animals
Prune Your Shrubs
Your shrubs might have some dead or damaged wood stuck in them. You’ll want to remove that wood with pruners to prepare your garden. By pruning your shrubs, you’ll be allowing fresh greenery to grow. If you see buds starting to form on any of your shrubs, let them be for a while. Azaleas, forsythia, and lilac need to grow. If you prune them now, you’ll risk cutting off your flowers for the entire season.
Clean Your Garden Beds
You might have already done this in the spring, but it doesn’t hurt to clean out your garden beds again. It’s easy for leaves to get matted down or branches to end up in the wrong places. Most importantly, remove hiding places for animals. There’s nothing worse than having pests destroy your garden. Not only are they a huge nuisance, but if you grow vegetables, you’ll need to guard against diseases.
Divide and Transplant
You should test your soil in the early spring and prepare your garden beds with a couple of inches of compost. Then, it’s time to divide and transplant. Many baby plants start very small but grow into massive perennials that have wholly outgrown their space. The easiest solution is finding an area where your now-adult shrubs can continue growing and thriving.
Plant Vegetables in Their Off-Season
You should always plant vegetables in their off-season. Doing so allows them to take root and grow. Then, they’ll be ready to produce food for your kitchen table when their seasons arrive. Please don’t dig into wet soil while you’re planting, though, or it will become tough and be impossible to work with once it’s dry.
LaytonScape Landscaping Company
Are you excited to take care of your garden and prepare it for the summer? Are you looking for a professional landscaper to help you? Located in Clearfield, Utah, LaytonScape has been servicing Northern Utah for over 40 years.
We provide numerous services for our clients, including landscape installation, garden design, and outdoor lighting, to name a few. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you however we can.