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How to create the perfect garden for summer

Published on: 01 September 2014

Spring is in the air, get gardening tips from MiWayWith spring in the air, now is a good time to work on creating that stunning garden that you want. Garden maintenance should be all year-round but if you have neglected your garden over the winter months, it’s time to get cracking before the warm weather and the first spring rains activate new growth in your garden.  

Soil preparation

Spring is an important season in the renewal of your garden and priority should be placed on soil conditioning and feeding. Make sure that you prepare your flower beds properly using a generous amount of compost and organic fertilisers to improve the quality and structure of your soil. This will stimulate both new and existing plants to grow and flower.

Pruning

Pruning of the shrubs can also take place now – remove old, weak, sick and dead wood from trees and shrubs. This will encourage healthy, strong new growth in spring. If you have not done so already, prune your rose bushes now (this should ideally have been done in July).

You can also collect the last fallen winter leaves, place them into black bags and leave them to form leaf mould, or put them under shrubs to mulch. Mulch prevents weeds and water evaporation, and it moderates temperature changes in the soil while there are still some chilly nights.

Lawns

There’s nothing better than soft, green grass tickling your feet – start by cutting your lawn back or by   scarifying it and cover with a rich lawn dressing and fertiliser. Remember to water well.

Adding colour and texture

Decide on a colour theme for your summer annuals and prepare your beds with compost, and remove or transplant plants that are not happy. Plants should be grouped by the same water and climate needs. A great idea is to go for bright colours such as pinks, oranges and reds in sunny spots, and blue, white, purple and pink in the cooler, shadier areas.

Pest alert

Be on the lookout for snails at this time of the year, especially after it gets dark, and control by removing them by hand or spraying your own homemade organic pesticide.

While spring may be a time for hard work in the garden, your efforts now will ensure successes later on. Remember that a garden is a dynamic, living system and should be treated as such.

Although home insurance doesn’t cover gardens, you can protect the beauty of your outdoor landscapes by developing a maintenance cycle that runs for twelve months that is tailor-made for you and your garden’s needs.