Summers are for spending time in your garden, surrounded by the trees and flowers you’ve planted and the lawn you’ve lovingly maintained. It’s also where you can grow your own fruits and vegetables and take pride in eating something you created. All these elements require maintenance, and spring is the perfect time to prepare for it. Here’s what you should be doing in your backyard right now to prepare for the perfect summer garden.
1. TRIM, TRIM, TRIM
To ensure your flowers, bushes and trees flourish, you’ll need to strategically prune them to rid them of dead weight and encourage fresh growth. For most jobs, a pair of pruning shears is enough. Some small trees require a chainsaw, but for higher branches and bigger trees it’s best to leave it to professional arborists.
2. ADD SOME AIR
Healthy grass needs air, water and food to thrive. As it gets impacted, aeration is required to loosen allow moisture and nutrients to reach its roots. A sign that your lawn needs aeration is the presence of thatching, which is a layer of dead and living grass directly beneath the layer of visible green grass. You can quickly remedy this using a power rake, which will have enough force to reach your grass’s inner thatch layers to break them down.
Mulch is a layer of organic or inorganic material keeps the surface of the soil moist, so less watering is needed, and less moisture evaporates. It’s also useful for preventing weeds from growing near your plants. Organic mulches are easy to make and can be made from lawn and leave clippings, compost or pebbles. There are also store-bought ones available at your local nursery.
4. PREP FOR VEGGIES
Summertime is perfect for growing melons, capsicum, celery, mint, corn, lettuce, tomatoes, basil as well as draft and climbing beans. To prepare for an easy harvest, start preparing your garden area by build raised planters, garden trellises, and obelisks. It will make your gardening season productive and enjoyable.
If you don’t have the equipment necessary for the above jobs, you don’t have to invest in expensive equipment that you’ll only use once. With Active Hire, you can hire equipment and tools online at a lower price and transform your garden to your satisfaction.