The maintenance that a garden space requires can overwhelm some residents. There is a constant need to care for the landscape or risk being overrun with weeds. Furniture must be considered not just for its style but also its ability to withstand varying weather patterns. All while rainfall must be closely watched to ensure no flooding occurs. It is for these reasons that, despite the value an outdoor space adds to a property, many buyers can quickly be put off.
Conversely, however, some homeowners revel in a garden space, seeing the exterior as an opportunity to work with nature and create an exterior living area that adapts to the seasons. Those who do see their garden space in such a way, and are willing to put in the effort to maintain their outdoor area, are often rewarded.
Time to hibernate. Plants should be considered first, with perennials trimmed and annuals altogether removed. Soil, especially those areas with seeds, should be mulched or covered to ensure nutrients are not lost.
Equipment and garden furniture should be put into storage during this period or ensured that it is appropriately covered and harnessed to prevent rainfall and winds from causing damage. Those who like to plan ahead may also wish to begin planting seeds at this time of year, ideally keeping them within a cold frame or greenhouse.
The season of spring is known as a time for cleaning and the garden requires much of the same. Following winter, a period of harsh and cold weather, your garden is likely to need some care. Tools should be checked to ensure they haven’t been damaged and structures, such as log cabins, should be cleared out with a view of the year ahead.
Gardens are, at this time, also likely to see a number of weeds scattered around. Some will be beginning to appear while others will have established themselves over the course of winter. Use the warmer and brighter days to clear out flower beds and return a sense of order to the landscape.
Time to enjoy your garden space and relax in a relatively easy time of year. There will be certain tasks to deal with, such as the stalking of certain plants, removing dead flowers, and harvesting seeds but gardeners will most often want to use this time of year to embrace and appreciate their hard work, arranging pots, hosting social events, and showcasing their flowers.
Some will also want to use this period of assuredly good weather to take on larger renovation projects too.
As the summer begins to disappear, gardeners must be on the lookout for pests with the cooler weather encouraging many insects to begin nibbling at any vegetables and fruits being grown. Those edible bounties that can be harvested should be collected now, with younger plants protected from the more challenging weather conditions. Cuttings should be taken and any spent plants should be removed, with landscapes cleared of debris as garden spaces begin to wind down for the colder season.