Spring Checklist - Preparing Your Garden For Summer
SPRING CHECKLIST: PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR SUMMER
Now is the time to start getting your garden ready for summer. Before you can sink into your comfy garden chair and watch sausages sizzle on your BBQ though, there are a few chores to be done first. Below is a Spring checklist to help you prepare your garden for the upcoming months:
1. DECIDING ON SUMMER-FLOWERING SEEDS AND BULBS
Visit a few garden centres/nurseries and decide which summer-flowering seeds and bulbs you’d like for your garden, so you can prepare the soil of beds and borders accordingly. The questions flitting through most gardeners’ minds at this time of year include:
How to format or section your beds
What colour scheme to choose
Try reliable lilies, ranunculus and gladiolus, if you’re ready to get planting.
2. TIDY UP FLOWER BEDS AND BORDERS
Spring is the time when rotting leaves, twigs and other accumulated debris must be removed from flower beds and borders, lawns, ornamental ponds and fountains. You can cut back dead growth of herbaceous perennials and deciduous grasses now.
Dig in a 5 cm layer of organic matter (preferably well-rotted manure, compost from your own garden or recycled green waste) into soon-to-be-planted beds and borders.
3. EXPEL GARDEN PESTS
Spring is also the time to rid your garden of pests. Remove slugs, aphid colonies and snails from the crowns of your perennials, start treating for vine weevils with chemical drenches, nematodes or bio-friendly methods.
4. INSTALL WATER BUTTS TO COLLECT SEASONAL RAINFALL
If you incorporate water butts into the overall design of your garden, you’ll never be far away from a source of water for your plants. Blueberries, Camellias and Rhododendrons will thank you for it, as will lettuces, herbs and assorted flowers. Install your water butt below a down pipe to harvest the maximum amount of rainfall.