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Summer Gardening Tips and Ideas

Summer is the best time of year as it allows us the time to spend outside in the garden, with flowers blooming, bees harvesting nectar and birds chirping in the trees. We also get longer days, which means that our garden can either be a haven for us in the summertime, or a nightmare that we would much rather avoid! If you garden is not hitting the high notes for you, then there are some simple things that you can do, which will have it lush and flourishing in no time at all.


Back to Basics

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If you have had numerous failed attempts at growing a flower bed, or if you are one of those people that gets all enthusiastic about gardening for one month and never so much as thinks about the garden again, then what you end up with is an overgrown mess every year. Rather than put yourself through this heartache year on year, accept that you are not into gardening that much and spend the summer cutting back the flowerbeds, turning over the soil and planting grass. Water every evening, and that irksome flowerbed will be a lovely patch of fresh grass in approximately six weeks. Now all that’s left is to relax in your garden with a refreshing glass of whatever takes your fancy and never have to prune again.

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Potted Plants and Displays

If you do like gardening however, but do not have the soil, sunlight or weather to have a fully blooming garden, then plant pots are great solutions. People often think of potted plants as small plants that are dotted around the home, but most gardening and home ware stores will sell larger pots in which you can make lovely displays that require no intensive gardening skills at all, whilst making for a beautiful outdoor space to lounge in. These also work very well on decking and patios.


Trimming and Pruning

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The summer is prime time for your plants’ growth and they do so at a rapid rate, resulting in you going from a tidy garden space to wild jungle in a only a few short weeks! At this time of year, trimming and cutting your plants back is a good idea, especially as any errors will be quickly hidden by the rate of re-growth. To save time, investing in a machine that can do the job is much kinder on hands, back and feet than doing it with shears – so a good trim will keep your garden tidy and clean for the summer, giving you more space and time for more important things like a gin and tonic in the sun.

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Blow and Compost

There is a lot of debris falling during the summer, and all of that will sit on your soil, grass and plant life blocking the sun and rain from reaching the roots of the plants with essential nutrients. If you don’t already have a compost heap, then now is the best time to get started. You will be mowing and trimming all throughout the summer and all of that is excellent for compost. For removing light debris, a leaf blower is very good as you can blow all of the leaves and other fallen bits into a pile and transport it straight onto the compost to cook for next year.