The summer is the time when people enjoy their garden most and with autumn, winter and spring maintenance coming to fruition, the summer garden can be a delightful place to relax.
But there are some things you can be doing during summer to keep your garden in peak condition so that it weathers the colder temperatures and harsh conditions of the coming autumn and winter.
#1 Plan long term changes
Our gardens don’t stay the same. Just like how we use the inside of homes changes over time, so does how we use the garden.
For example, now that the kids are older, you really don’t need the swing set, the slide, the trampoline… once these are recycled or given away, you find you have loads more room and the perfect blank canvas to make some big changes.
Summer is the perfect time to decide what these long term changes should be. From designing a patio so you can enjoy the garden more, to opting for decking so that the garden is levelled out more, there are all kinds of changes you can make.
#2 Cutting back shrubs
Plants, shrubs and trees all enjoy the warmer summer months and with bees buzzing around, there is plenty of pollination happening. This means that flowering shrubs can become much larger and can take over a section of the garden.
Pruning them back is a wide move but some shrubs are hardy enough to be pruned right back without damaging them. Summer is the right time to do this because there are no big drops in temperature. Make sure that the risk of night frost has passed, and then enjoy pruning shrubs back in to shape.
#3 Add water
Spending time in the summer garden is not just about working hard; it is about sitting and relaxing, reading the latest best-selling novel or just enjoy the peace and tranquillity.
It should be a relaxing time, whether it is 10 minutes at the end of a busy day or a lazy Sunday afternoon, enjoying the sun. Water brings a calmness and a sense of relaxation to any garden and summer is the perfect time to introduce a delightful water feature to your garden. From creating your own to buying ready-made water features and sculptures, why not take the plunge this year?
#4 Enjoy your summer garden all day - and into the night too!
Of all the summer garden tips, we think the best one is the enjoyment that sitting, relaxing, talking and enjoying the company of friends and family in the garden is one of the best that we can give. But why should the party stop when the sun goes down?
Adding lighting to your garden is no longer complicated or expensive with the purchase of solar powered outdoor lights. From pretty fairy lights, to path lighters and lanterns, they can all be installed without the need for an electrician.
Which of these summer garden tips will your try?