As the weather begins to warm up, you may want to spend more time outdoors. But that can be disappointing if your backyard isn’t the environment you were hoping for. Maybe it’s messy, or maybe you just don’t have much to do there.
Here are some tips to help you transform your backyard into a beautiful garden, ideally in time for summer.
put things away
The first step is to make sure you have a blank slate to work from. Over the winter you may find that a lot of debris has accumulated in your garden. Now is the time to put that away and get rid of it.
Throw all rubbish in the trash and get rid of garden waste as well. Dead leaves and growth should be removed and ideally composted. Any weeds should also be removed, but don’t put them in a compost bin if you have one, as they may start growing again. Clear all plot borders and turn your soil.
If you have a lawn, now is a good time to mow it so that it looks neat again. Check all the structures and, if they need it, give them a fresh coat of paint or some TLC. When that day’s work is done, you’d be surprised how much better your garden will look.
Composting is a great way to use up yard waste and food scraps. The compost you generate is a fantastic way to add nutrients to your garden soil, which helps your plants grow healthily. It’s also good for the environment and much cheaper than buying compost.
Most people invest in a compost bin, but there are other composting options available. Whatever you do, be sure to consult a composting guide so you know you’re composting the right things and the right way.
For example, improper composting can attract nasty pests to your garden. A great way to control pests attracted to your compost is to make sure everything is in a sealed container. If your bin has an open bottom, cover it with wire mesh to keep rodents out.
Fast flowers and plants
If you’re worried you left it a little late for planting, don’t panic. There are many plants that can grow and flower very quickly, which means your garden can be full of color in the summer.
For example, wildflower seed packs tend to include a variety of beautiful flowers that grow easily. Best of all, these flowers attract bees and other beneficial insects to your garden, so you’re also helping the environment.
This is also a good time to plan your vegetable crop if you plan to grow any. Planting vegetables now will ensure they are ready to harvest in the fall so you can enjoy hearty produce with your family. The herbs will be ready even faster, and they will also perfume your garden with a pleasant smell.