A summer garden is one of the nicest places in the world. All that hard work you’ve put in to make it green and full of flowers for the hottest part of the year - you deserve to have it pay off! And that’s why it’s a good idea to add a few more jobs to the to-do list right now. If you want to enjoy your backyard once the sun is fully out, get it all out of the way in plenty of time!
Weeding is a good thing to do first, as it helps you clear the ground and make sure you’re only working with plants you actually want to grow. Pull on your gardening gloves, make sure you’ve got a compost heap nearby, and then weed for a good couple hours.
Pull up from the root to grab the whole plant, and make sure you dig down a little to see if there are any stragglers. Leaving something behind could ruin the look you’re going for, and it’s best to double check.
Clear Some Space
Now the weeds are out of the way, focus on the rest of the space and how you want to use it. To do this, clear away any tools you’ve left out, as well as excess material you might have just left from a previous project. If you can, donate these supplies to a nearby community garden, but otherwise recycle them for the future. At the very least, make sure you can see your patio or decking and there’s nothing in the way other than a bit of dirt.
Get the Pool Cleaned
If you’ve got a pool in your garden, now’s the perfect time to get it cleaned out and maintained. You need to be sure it’s heated for water cleanliness, even when it’s super hot outside, and you can’t be allowing leaves and other debris to build up. You can call in a seasonal pool maintenance company if you’d like, as this can be quite a complicated job to do yourself, but it’s also a good idea to invest in a fishing net!
Don’t Forget About the Animals
A garden is a natural zone - it’s going to be filled with wildlife even if you try to keep them out. And in 2023, when we’re doing our best to be sustainable, it’s best to invite the critters in with some habitat-friendly design. It won't ruin the look, it’ll actually boost it!
Build homes for hedgehogs and frogs, make sure there are bee-friendly plants, and don’t forget about the creepy crawly kind of bugs either. They’re good for the soil and provide plenty of food for the bigger animals, so it’s best to invest in some homes for them as well.
Your summer garden is well on the way! But before it arrives, consider the little issues above. You want your backyard to be a place of life you can spend time in and that takes work!