How to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

Summer is here, and your garden is asking for a little dedication to prepare it for the season. Follow our tips and go out and enjoy the sun!
How to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

Last update: 15 June, 2023

Spring gives way to summer and flowers. The aromas and colors that it leaves us with are busy preparing to reach their climax in the new season. Higher temperatures and longer days also invite us to spend more time outdoors. The patio, balcony, or yard becomes the most attractive place in the house. That’s why we’d like to take a look at how to prepare your garden for the arrival of summer and enjoy these months.

The key is that we make this outdoor space a practical place and a place ready for social and family gatherings. To do this, we’ll be talking about plants, furniture, and other aspects that help to correctly prepare the area.

Observation and cleaning: The first step

Our first proposal is that you take the necessary time to observe the plants, the lawn, the furniture, the lights, and everything you have in your garden area. The key is to make a kind of diagnosis of what aspects and elements you need to work on.

Once you know the condition of the area, you’ll need to establish an order of priorities to work on. In general, plants and lawns should be placed first on lists of activities. This is because the work you do, such as seeding or pruning, takes time to be noticed.

Mantener el césped del jardín en verano.
Lawn maintenance in summer is time-consuming. It grows faster, but is also at risk of sunburn.

Plant pruning and soil conditioning

We know that during the spring, plants are nourished and grow considerably. Also, if you don’t maintain your garden regularly, it’s likely that they’ve become overgrown and need to be pruned.

Start by removing dead branches, leaves that don’t look right, wilted flowers, and any parts of the plant that you notice have run their course. By removing what it no longer needs, nutrients will be better distributed and the plant will gain more strength.

If you notice pests, don’t waste any time and eliminate them before they spread to other species in the garden and you have to eliminate more plants than originally estimated.

As for the lawn, in addition to mowing, it’s essential to remove any weeds that spread with alarming ease. Each variety of grass requires special care, so be sure to do the right thing depending on the one you have in the garden.

In areas where the lawn has dried out, you can make small holes and fill them with black soil fertilizer. If possible, take the opportunity to throw some seeds on top of the soil you have placed so that new grass will grow stronger.

Summer flowers: The best way to prepare your garden

Now that the plants are pruned and free of pests, it’s time to plan what kind of flowers you will place and in which areas. The color and aroma will give it a special touch that you can’t miss out on.

Flower beds bordering fences, colorful lines on the sides of paths, flowers combined with cactus and succulents and even pots placed in strategic places will give life to the place.

There are many species that are ideal for summer, such as orchids, hyacinth, lavender, and iris. The choice of one or another variety will depend on the spaces you want to fill and the shade or sun they receive. These two factors are essential when choosing plants.

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Garden furniture

Outdoor furniture has to be in good condition for the arrival of summer. Otherwise, it can negatively affect the overall appearance of your space. Actually, the condition of the furniture varies according to the material it’s made of.

Wood is widely used for the outdoors because it blends in with the environment in a natural way and looks great, especially if combined with iron. However, it’s important to remember that wooden furniture should be maintained every year. Humidity, rain, and sun wear it out.

In the case of PVC and synthetic rattan furniture, it’s simply a matter of washing with water and a cleaner.

Senderos en un jardín de verano.
If you have paths in your garden, make sure that the limits are well marked, free of weeds, and ready to show off summer plants.

Accessories to decorate the space

Little by little, your garden space is taking shape and color and you feel like enjoying it. If you still feel that something may be missing, however, we believe that investing in an accessory or decorative element could be a good idea.

One of the options is armchairs with soft cushions, which invite relaxation. You can set them up on the veranda, under the shade of a tree, or in a pergola.

Pergolas are another of our suggestions. Besides giving an elegant and exclusive personality to your garden, it’s another space that you can use for meetings.

Finally, we’ll also include in this point the lighting, which is not a minor detail. Good lighting that’s well thought out and carefully designed will make the difference in evenings with friends. Lanterns, retractable lights, stakes, and even garlands of lights are all alternatives to light up your space at night.

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It’s worth preparing your garden for the arrival of summer

We hope you can apply some of these ideas to prepare your outdoor spaces for the hot season. Don’t forget to make a to-do list so you don’t feel overwhelmed by all the things you have to do.

We encourage you to work on your garden space ith patience and enthusiasm. Then, all that’s left to do is enjoy it!

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.