As we move out of spring and into the heat of summer, many of us are itching to get outside to begin grooming our lawns and planting our flower beds.
Of course, anyone who has ever had a garden before knows that it doesn’t happen overnight, and that it will take a careful combination of planning, watering, and yes, weeding, to create that perfect backyard oasis that so many of us desire.
So how do you begin to make the picture in your head a reality?
Pick your plants with care
We all have certain plants, flowers and produce that we would love to grow, but depending on the region we live in, those favorites won’t always work out.
So the first step is to do a little research. Look online or talk to someone at a local greenhouse to discover which plants will grow best in your area, that way you can set your secret garden up for success.
Think about the sun
Once you have carefully selected your plants, be sure to plant them in the prime location in your yard. Some plants will need direct sunlight, others require more shade, so organize you flower beds/planters according to the amount of sun they need.
Use the proper structure
As you begin to plant you newly purchased flora, keep in mind that certain plant species will require a little structure to bloom to their full potential. Tall plants like peonies tend to fall over, so be sure to use wooden stakes to keep them growing neat and upright in your garden.
Also, if you have selected any climbing species like morning glories or wisteria, provide them with some kind of structure like lattice to weave up into.
Gorgeous green grass
To get that perfect, golf course green grass, a little work is in order.
- Aerate: Rent an aerator and aerator you lawn so that it can breathe.
- Fertilize: Consult an expert to make sure you have the proper lawn fertilizer.
- Mow: While many people like the look of short cut grass, it’s actually best to keep the blades around 2-3 inches, that way your lawn won’t dry out.
Make time to maintain
Now that you have your garden filled and your lawn pruned, the real work begins.
To prevent pests from attacking, always keep a watchful eye on your plants, that way, if you do notice something, like wilted leaves or aphids, you will be able to nip it in the bud before it’s too late.
And to keep big pests like rabbits from feasting on your hard work, remember to consistently apply a natural, non-toxic repellant like pepper wax to your garden.
Remember to water
To keep your garden and lawn fresh and vibrant, watering is key, and the amount of watering needed will vary on your region. If you get an abundance of rain, watering won’t always be necessary, but if the weather is dry, it becomes much more crucial.
The rule of thumb is to provide your garden and lawn with an inch of water a week so that the soil is always moist.
It’s best to water your garden and lawn in the morning or the early evening when the sun is less intense. This will keep your plants and grass from losing a lot of moisture through evaporation.
When you water, a light spray simply will not do. You need to give everything a thorough soak to really get down to the roots. A great way to reach all corners of your yard and garden is to set up a sprinkler, allowing it to do some of the work for you.
Bring in the furniture
Now that your garden and lawn is water and pruned, you can begin decorating it to your heart’s content.
Outdoor furniture is perfect for entertaining and will encourage you to spend as much time in your new garden paradise as possible.
So if creating the perfect backyard is on your to-do list, remember to plan ahead and take the necessary steps towards achieving that goal. Plant your garden, mow your lawn and do your ‘garden chores’ on a regular basis to keep everything looking lush and fresh for summer.
About the Author
This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd, an occasional blogger who likes to get inspiration in the garden.