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Seasonal Garden Maintenance And Services

Here Is An Ultimate Year-Round Guide For You

 

Seasonal gardening maintenance tasks

Seasonal gardening maintenance tasks

Spring, autumn, winter, and summer – with every new season comes a different set of seasonal garden maintenance needs. Knowing what and when to do it is crucial to keeping your garden, shrubs, trees, houseplants and wildlife healthy, weed and disease-free. We live and work in the county of Nottinghamshire…Robin Hood Country. But, the same rules apply no matter whether you live in a rural or an urban city location. If you’re not a seasoned botanist or farmer, you might find it difficult to perform or plan the necessary outdoor maintenance activities. Garden maintenance isn’t an activity you can perform in a single day and get over with. It is an ongoing process that should be done all-year round if you’re to maintain the fertility, beauty, and productivity of your garden. Here is a seasonal garden maintenance schedule that will help you keep your garden at its best for optimal productivity.

Let’s Start With the Spring Season

The spring season is the time of the year when you should focus on cleaning your garden. You need to focus on getting rid of all the weeds and debris that could be present in your garden. This is a wonderful time of year, everything is beginning to come back to life after the cold dark winter. Maybe you have daffodils and it seems they flower earlier every year. New leaves and shoots are kicking back to life. There is an air of change and a feeling of excitement for the longer days and eventually the warmer weather.  Here is what you should consider doing during spring:

1. Vegetable gardening

It is advisable to incorporate organic and lime compost into your garden soil during the spring season so as to prepare your garden for growing high-quality veggies. This is the time of the year when you should consider adding the granular time-released fertilizer. For gardens with heavy soil, you should consider applying a structural soil conditioner, like topsoil, so as to aid in increasing the size of tuber crops such as onions, radish, and potatoes. Moreover, the application of a soil conditioner creates a better environment for the growth of asparagus.

During this period, you should also consider applying herbicides to strawberries, asparagus and around perennial beds to prevent any weeds from sprouting later. For instance, Corn Gluten is a weed preventer and organic fertilizer that can be applied on your strawberry beds.

2. Spring Flowers

With regards to flowers, it is advisable that you uncover your perennials and roses as they start to grow. You can fertilize with an early-timed granular plant food to boost blooming and the overall health of your flowers. Plant your bulbs before any heavy frosts in November or December, using favourites like  Daffodils, Crocus, and Tulips.

3. Shrubs and Trees

Trees and shrubs cannot be ignored because they contribute to a good-looking landscape. It is important to focus on controlling the insects that attack your plants during spring by applying a pesticide just before the leaves sprout. These pesticides should be applied when the temperatures are more than 40 degrees and for two consecutive days. You can also prune back the summer flowering shrubs such as Potentilla and Spirea.

4. Garden Wildlife

If you still want to keep your garden wildlife as lively as possible, discard any mouldy or wet seeds in your feeders with fresh seeds. The birds will obviously know the difference. If you are having a lot of trouble with the squirrels dining at your birds’ feeders, try feeding them at a different place away from the bird feeders. Squirrels love ear corn or any other special wildlife food corn with peanuts, sunflower seeds, and corn.
Spring is also the time to prepare for colourful backyard birds. Besides building some wren and bluebird houses, prepare the oriole and finch feeders for their arrival. The hummingbird feeders must also be cleaned and filled as well.

5. Top Soil

If you need a good quality nutrient-rich topsoil it can be used as a dressing for the best lawn care. Good topsoil has many properties one of which is a good nutrient base and also has good moisture retention properties. Loam is more like a sand with uniform particle size loosely packed where water can pass through easier.

Into The Summer Season

Summer is known for its high temperatures so you need to do a lot of watering. Besides that, there are many other maintenance activities you can perform as indicated below:

1. Edible Gardening

The summer season is when most fruits and vegetables become ready so you should brace yourself for the harvest period. You should also be on the lookout for diseases and insects, and treat them as needed. With the high temperatures experienced during this season, it is important to perform weeding as a seasonal garden maintenance activity to help in preserving water.

2. Flowers

With the high temperatures experienced during this period, the chances are that some of your flowers will start withering. It is therefore important to remove the old flower heads from annual flowers and roses. You should also consider planting some fresh summer-blooming annuals for celebrations and parties. You should also remove the spent blooms from the perennials in order to encourage plant growth instead of letting them go to seed.

3. Trees and Shrubs

Ensure that all your newly planted shrubs and trees are watered as required during the entire summer period. It is better to do deep watering instead of frequent light watering because there will be more moisture in the soil as time goes by. Also, ensure that you maintain a 3 to 4-inch layer of mulch around all newly planted shrubs and trees.

4. Water gardening

The summer season is the time to add new pond plants to the water garden. You need to be careful when treating algae because some controls might reduce the oxygen levels in the pond water because the summer months are normally warm and the oxygen levels in water are normally very low. Algae can also be reduced by fostering a natural environment where the natural bacteria will thrive. You should also avoid overfeeding and overstocking your pond because the consequences can be dire.

5. Wildlife

The summer is the hottest of all seasons so you need to keep your birds thirst quenched at all times. It is important that you check the birdbaths daily for water supply and refill them if they run dry. This is to ensure that birds keep coming to your yard when they are thirsty or need to play with water.

In With The Autumn

Autumn or fall is the best season to fertilize all your garden beds. Since the temperatures are a bit cool and the ground stays moist for the most part of the day, this is the right time to feed your garden. You should also trim plants that could have overgrown in the past season.

1. Edible Gardening

Plants that were not ready for harvesting during summer should now be ready. This is especially the case for fall vegetables, pumpkins, and squash. You must also remove all vine crop resides from the garden to prevent the overwintering diseases from affecting your plants in the coming year. In the areas where harvesting has been done, turn the garden soil over and add a small layer of organic matter.

2. Flower Beds

Start planting tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowering bulbs during this season because they are a great way to add some early colour to your landscape. When planting the bulbs, however, you should be sure that the soil is amended to prevent the bulbs from rotting in the heavy soil. This is also the month to protect your flowers in preparation for the low winter temperatures. Start by mounding soil over the bases of all the flowers so as to protect their roots during winter.

3. Trees and Shrubs

Autumn is a great season to plant shrubs, trees, and perennials as well because the plants will easily set their roots in the soil. Planting trees at this period ensure that they will be more established and easier to maintain when summer comes. This is also the period to re-apply mulch if it had been washed away in the course of the year. The mulch will act as insulation; protect your plants from frost heave and the cold temperatures. Mulch also helps the evergreens conserve moisture.

4. Wildlife For The Garden

A majority of the seed-eating species will start looking for winter feeders during the fall season so be sure to have enough bird feeders to assure a bird sanctuary in your backyard during the winter season. Squirrels shall also be busy gobbling as much food as possible before the winter sets in. You can provide corn and sunflower while at the same time enjoying their playful antics.

The Long Winter

The winter is known for its extreme cold so you need to focus on adding mulch to the landscape so as to provide extra warmth to the plant roots and keep the soil moist.

1. Gardening

With very little in the garden, this is the time to look for those gardening books and start planning your landscape and vegetable garden. Since there is very little to be done in the outdoors, this is the time when you need to invest in house plants. All you need to make sure is that they are not growing in waterlogged pots because they could easily wither and die from the cold.

2. Wildlife

Just because there is nothing to do in the garden does not imply that you should abandon your wildlife. Continue feeding the birds you had started feeding earlier so that they will not run away from your sanctuary. In fact, this is the period to attract nuthatches, chickadees, and woodpeckers by feeding them with high-energy suet blends which give them the extra energy to survive. Additionally, peanuts will also attract many bird species to your feeder.

With the right seasonal garden maintenance procedures, it is possible to keep your garden spaces looking beautiful, fresh and healthy all year round. Besides, performing the necessary maintenance activities required for every season will ensure that your garden doesn’t lose its fertility or productivity. Happy gardening!