In the Garden: Caring for your Garden by Season

Posted on Aug 14 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark
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To help your garden thrive and stay beautiful throughout the year, a little catered care by season can help you achieve this. Little and often also means it’ll not feel like an arduous task and so you can simply enjoy the wonders your outdoor space has to offer.

In our how to guide, we take a look at the things you can do, by season, to help your garden flourish.

Autumn

Autumn house

During the autumn, as the weather gets colder, your garden will need some extra TLC to help the plants mature and ready themselves for hibernation.

The first thing to do, is examine your garden. While walking around, check for any patches of soil that are bald and are need some soil amendments. This slow-releasing fertilizer will boost the quality of your soil and is necessary because the nutrients of the garden soil are used up during spring and summer. So, adding soil conditioner help to nourish them again.

If you have any overgrown plants, they will have to be separated and any unnecessary bulbs removed. Some herbs, such as rosemary, lavender and mint, might have to be moved indoors. That way, they will retain their freshness for much longer. They still need sunlight, so you should keep them near a sliding door or on the porch and ensure they do not get snowed on.

If you’re wanting new blooms for spring such as tulips or daffodils, it is best to plant them between late September and early December, before the first frost arrives.

Winter

Winter garden

If you maintain your plants well during winter, then there will be fewer chores to do during the other seasons.

The first thing any gardener should do is remove any plants that are rotting during the winter months. This will keep the garden healthy by preventing any fungi, diseases, and pests from spreading. Instead of throwing these dead plants away, it is better to compost or bury them as long as they aren’t riddled with disease. Embedding them will enhance the soil by adding to its organic matter.

Additionally, remove any overgrown branches to increase light and air, except for those that are still developing and maintaining the plant or tree’s structure. Be sure to regularly brush off snow or frost that settles on your plants as the weight could break their stems and stump their growth.

Some plants might be too sensitive to the harsh winter conditions, and so will have to be brought inside for warmth. Alternatively, you could use a few layers of bubble wrap as an insulator.

If you’re looking to build on a vegetable patch in the spring, plant onions, cabbage, and lettuce seeds/bulbs in small trays and keep them warm until they can be transplanted to outdoor beds and planted.

Spring

Gardening

Spring is the best weather for gardens. The sun is shining, and all your plants are blooming.

After winter, the soil dries out a lot so feeding the soil with a fertilizer is important to add a much-needed boost of nutrients. Additionally, trim and dead head your plants to make way for new and healthier growth. Add a couple of inches of mulch to the flower beds which will prevent diseases and keep pests away.

If you have taken all the right steps during the other seasons, spring is the time where you can sit back and enjoy all your hard work. All your flowers and plants will look colorful and beautiful.

We’d recommend giving your plants and flowers a little soluble feed every month or adding a little more mulch to keep the plants safe. Be sure to regularly remove any dead bulbs, flower heads and prune shrubs when spring is almost over to keep it tidy and fresh.

Summer

Caring for garden furniture

Summer is the season many people look forward to their family vacations, but the hot and dry weather is very tough on the gardens they leave behind.

Feeding your flowers and plants with organic matter is necessary to enrich the soil for healthy growth, protect the root systems and repel insects and pests.

As the weather gets too hot during the summer, a frequent watering schedule is vital to ensure the plant’s roots stay fresh. Otherwise, all the leaves will dry and break off, essentially killing your plants and flowers. Adding a fresh layer of compost or soil improver can help plants retain more moisture, and on the hottest days covering the soil with pebbles can stop water from quickly evaporating in the heat.

An automatic sprinkler system with a timer is ideal for ensuring your entire garden is watered regularly. The best time to water your plants and flowers is early in the morning. So, instead of you having to wake up, the sprinkler can start on its own.

A garden benefits from early morning watering the most because the sun won’t be too hot, and plants can have enough time to absorb all the water. If you’re watering them later in the day, the late afternoon is best so that they can have enough time to dry before nightfall. Otherwise, the damp leaves will start growing fungus.

Be inspired!

We hope this guide by season proves useful. If you’re looking for more garden inspiration, we’ve shared our potting guide, caring for your garden furniture guide and shade-loving plants guides below!

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