Beautiful gardens don’t happen by accident; you need to give them the right attention throughout the year if you want them to remain colorful, practical, and low-maintenance. Some of the first things to pay attention to are outlined in the article below; read on for details.
Most people avoid the garden in winter, as the ground tends to be hard or muddy, and there are other things to do, like organize seasonal festivities; still, there are plenty of benefits to winter gardening; it’s an excellent time for pruning and planting bulbs for the long-awaited springtime.
During the winter, the trees and plants are bare, making it an excellent time prune the branches. Instead of battling through green leaves and bushes to make the cuts, you can do a better job half the time. Plant bulbs like crocuses, daffodils, and snowdrops if you can in winter months.
Spring is a glorious time in the garden, with planters and edges filled with the colorful bulbs you planted a few months before. There is also a freshness in the air and some light sunshine allowing you to enjoy the garden once again. But make sure you cultivate the plants correctly.
Chances are you will see plenty of new growth in the garden between March and June but hold off on weeding or cutting back the older plants until your perennials are well-established. It’s often better to wait until June before tidying things up, but always leave plants for the insects.
When the summer months roll around, you should have plenty of colors, life, and vibrancy in your garden; chances are you also have plenty of wildlife – which is fine when it’s in the garden but not so fine when it’s in the house. Summer is the high season for pests and insect invaders.
If you encounter pests and insects in the summer, there are a few steps you can take depending on the home invader. In the case of insects, you can create various traps and make sure your kitchen is clean; if you have rodents, you might need to contact a wildlife prevention service.
The fall season brings a lot of beauty, but it also brings a lot of work to protect the garden for the winter months. One of the first things you will have to take care of is the fall leaves that can clog up gutters, drains, and pathways. Stay on top of the leaves in the fall, and it’s a good start.
Some of the crops in your garden that have thrived over the summer will start to become affected by the colder temperatures, perennials like blueberry bushes, strawberries, and other delicate perennial plants will need to be covered by a layer of straw mulch around the roots.
A garden is a mini eco-system that requires the right attention throughout the year to thrive, but this is part of the fun of keeping a garden. With the right planning and attention, your garden will remain well-cultivated and enjoyable throughout the year, and your home will be free from pests.