A good gardener is constantly considering the time of year. Being aware of your garden’s natural lifecycle allows you to be proactive rather than reactive. If you want an advantage over your garden in the summer, start planning now. It’s important to remember that in early summer, unlike other seasons, it’s more common to remove plants than to bring new ones.
This concept goes beyond waging a never-ending battle against weeds, although it will undoubtedly be a large part of what you do. By working hard in the spring and early summer, you can keep out unwanted plant species from taking over your garden. The battle against weeds may be lost, but with a little upkeep, you may score huge triumphs and maintain your garden looking just how you want it to.
How to Build A Low Maintenance Garden
Fortunately, if you despise weeding like I do, there are ways to cut down on the time you spend on it. Shrubs, grass, and perennials all require very little maintenance on their own. The less time and energy you spend on tasks like planting seeds, pricking them out and potting them on, and dead-heading flowers, the better. When choose what to plant in your garden, keep water usage in mind. Because native plants require less manual watering, your workload will be reduced even further.
Cover the earth with non-fertile dirt as a temporary fix. When used in conjunction with gravel, pavers, pebbles, or even garden compost, weed suppressant horticultural cloth is an incredible solution. All of these will reduce weed growth, particularly in the first several months after installation.
The Battle of Weeds
All of the above-mentioned ground covers are temporary fixes. “Life finds a way,” as the characters in Jurrasic Park remark. Birds or insects may drop seeds, the wind may blow them, or human feet may carry them to the top of your ground cover. After that, your mulch is at war with a stubborn weed that has an unbelievable determination to live. Even if the weed prevails, there will always be another weed to take its place.
Weeds can grow through fractures in concrete, through tarp-covered dirt, or even through fake lawns. The artificial lawns in many cases aren’t even that old. Other than death and taxes, weeds are a sure certainty.
Early detection and weed removal are the most effective weapons in your weed-fighting armory. Pulling weeds by hand or with a hoe is the most effective method of eradicating them.
No matter how cautious you are, sprays and chemicals might harm other plants in your garden, and you may end up injuring the weed rather than killing it. Keep an eye on your garden and remove weeds as soon as you notice them. If you delay, the next time you come out, there will be ten more weeds.
Thinning of Self Seeders in The Early Summer
Many of the advantages of shrubs and perennials are available to self-seeding plants, but there is a drawback. Poppies, lychnis coronaria, and euphorbia, three of your garden’s most gorgeous plants, will work tirelessly to reproduce themselves as widely as possible.
As a result, they are self-sustaining, which is fantastic. However, if they begin to encroach on your rosebush, you have a problem.
Pulling out a beautiful, healthy bloom may be a difficult decision to make, but you have no other option. Choose between healthy dahlias and roses and the ability to keep your poppies.
A healthy and balanced garden necessitates the removal of a few self-seeders. Set a limit on the area and density of your self-seeders, and start removing them if they go over it.
Other plants, such as perennials, can spread just as quickly as self-seeders. There are a number of these, such as Iris sibirica, Day Lilies, Japanese Anemones, and Euphorbia robbiae for example. If you give these plants enough time and water, they’ll blanket your landscape like an ocean, leaving little place for anything else to grow.
This may or may not be a problem for you, depending on your objectives. In order to avoid crowding the prized rose bushes found in many gardens, be sure to remove any nearby perennials.
Pull some perennials to make room for other plants like cannas or dahlias if you want your garden to display them. Perennial thinning works well in the summer months of July and August.
Take some time to consider your gardening goals and see if the plants you have growing currently are a good fit.
Instead of killing your well-loved plants, try Jane Moore’s book Planting for Wildlife if culling them doesn’t appeal to you.
It’s a unique approach to gardening that incorporates outlandish concepts like allowing pests to reside in your garden in order to attract predators and reduce pest populations.
Jane posits as well that areas of your garden further away from your house can look less well-kept and well-manicured.
Thanks to her experience as a certified professional head gardener, Jane has a unique perspective that will appeal to both eco-conscious gardeners and those who want to lessen their garden’s need for constant mowing and trimming.
How to Make Space in the Early Summer
It’s crucial to start gardening in the early summer since that’s when we clear the ground so our plants have room to spread out.
Early summer is spent removing, not planting, due to our attempts to keep weeds at bay and thin out our perennials and self-seeders.
While it may not be as exciting as starting from scratch with a new seedling, this crucial action assures that the plants we do want in our garden will have enough room, nutrient-rich soil, and sunlight to thrive.
This early summer adventure is not to be missed. Using this method now will save you a ton of time and aggravation in the coming months and years.