For those who enjoy working outdoors in their garden, there is no better time of year than this. The weather is starting to get warm and the sunny days of spring and summer are soon to follow. Although it is too early to get out and start working in the garden, there are many things that you can do this time of year to get prepared for garden season. By following a few of these preparation tips, you can make sure to hit the ground running on a colorful, and bountiful, gardening season.
Clean Your Garden Tools
Cleaning your garden tools is something that can be done regardless of the weather outside. Cleaning your tools helps to make sure that any bacteria that was left over from last year are not reintroduced into your garden this season. Make sure to not only clean your tools of excess dirt and grime from last year’s season, but make sure all of your tools are sharp. A sharp tool will “cut” through soil and/or plant materials, where a dull tool will “tear”. A dull tool will also require more force to operate, increasing the chance of injury. Cleaning and sharpening your tools will keep your gardening tools in tip-top shape, saving you money in the long run.
Plant Summer Bulbs
Many bulbs are planted in the fall and flower during the early months of spring. However, other types of bulbs can be planted in early spring and help add a splash of color to your garden during the summer months. Varieties of summer bulbs include Dahlia’s, Lilly’s, and Gladiolus. Make sure to do your research on these different varieties, as they each have their own unique requirements. Planting these summer bulbs in early spring is a great way to ensure a colorful garden throughout the warm summer months.
Create a Compost Area
Creating your own compost is a great idea for any gardener, for a variety of reasons. First, it helps you cut down on what you throw out in the trash, reducing the amount of trash you send to a landfill. Second, it gives you your own supply of compost, which will supply nutrients to your garden throughout the growing season. Constructing a compost area is simple. You can buy a pre-built compost device, or you can build your own. All you need to do is build a wooden enclosure to hold in all of your grass clippings, fruit and vegetable peelings, and other organic matter. From time to time, you will want to mix the compost with a pitchfork to aid with aeration. How fast your container creates compost will depend on the materials you use and the weather in your region.
By following these quick and easy tips, you will have a beautiful, colorful, and healthy garden all summer long. If you have any questions about your garden or landscape, please fill out the contact form below, or call (317) 575-1100.