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Last year, our family was literally stuck in Ft. Worth, Texas, during the pandemic. Texas shut down the interstate coming in from Louisiana sooo we made it across just before that happened and stayed there for about 2-3 months. That was early summer and our garden, pond area, and flower beds was like a jungle when we got back. Until this past month or so, our yard has looked like a bunch of hillbillies live here and I bet the guy that mows the lawn was worried about finding a broken down truck at some point. LOL The garden is such an important feature of our home in the summer and we spend a lot of time outside enjoying the sunshine and kicking back grilling during the weekend. It’s definitely time to get our back yard in shape!
Let’s take a look at the garden and some of the ways that we can vamp it up now so that it shines during the upcoming summer months. From adding new plants to getting rid of weeds to maybe building a patio – read below about ways to create a beautiful garden for your family this summer.
Dig out weeds
As you start making changes to your garden for the spring it is important for you to tackle weeds and keep on top of them before they spread. Weeds such as buttercups and dandelions can be a pain and they will often grow in the worst possible places. Keep in mind dandelions are actually helping to restore soil mineral content. But if you decide to get rid of them, make sure to dig them out at the root where you can and keep on top of this throughout the summer months. This will stop them from smothering your other plants and stopping them from thriving. For other weeds (like the jungle that we started removing last week), will take a bit more elbow grease and help from your entire family. Or family took a full weekend to pull out all the weeds all over the backyard. My husband did the bulk of the work and my kids and I did our best bagging up around 10-15 giant yard waste trash bags. Whew! Be ready to get your hands dirty. Or if you don’t like getting your hands dirty, get help. Ask you neighbors who they could recommend for help.
Plant vegetables and fruit
One great way to spice up the garden now for the summer is to plant some baby vegetables and fruit plants. Strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers are great options and they will start to bloom and fruit during July to give you some home grown crops for salads and other meals. Growing your own produce is a fun hobby and you will always get a sense of pride from having your own crop in the garden. Have fun with it and try out a few different crops to see which ones work!
Build hanging baskets
Bring instant colour to your garden by building a hanging basket display. Hanging baskets can be placed on the exterior walls of the home either at the front or the back of the house and provide instant colour and texture to the space. Hanging baskets are cheap to buy from garden centres and you’ll be able to find some lovely bedding plants to brighten it up. This is a DIY that can be done in less than an hour and it will bring some lovely colour to your garden for the summer.
Clean the patio
If you want to vamp up the seating area of your garden for the summer you can start by cleaning the patio to get it looking fresh and new. A professional such as Labor Panes will be able to do this for you in an afternoon and after this you’ll have a clean space on which to place your furniture. Our front porch just got a refresh that included a couple of artificial plants and new slip covers. It was easy and inexpensive to do and took just one afternoon. Check out that article here.
Use some of these ideas to start changing and improving your back yard for the summer, it will make a big difference and you’ll be able to enjoy your outdoor space all season long.
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