(BPT) – Summer’s arrival brings longer days and more sunshine. This season also means more of your favorite outdoor activities, such as relaxing in the backyard or working in the garden. In fact, there is no better time to refresh your outdoor space.
“The secret to a well-manicured yard is preparation,” says Chris Lambton, yard and garden expert for Fiskars. “Once the weather warms up, your lawn and garden will need a little extra TLC to be ready for outdoor activities or entertaining. Having the right tools on-hand is essential to making the process simple and enjoyable.”
Lambton offers his tips and tools for making your yard beautiful and easy to care for all season long:
If you turn your back for too long, Mother Nature can take over your yard in the spring growing season. Trim and shape your plants by cutting 1/4 inch above a growth bud at a 45 degree angle to promote healthy growth. High-quality garden tools, like the PowerGear2 Pruner or Lopper, make taming shrubs and cutting through dead or overgrown limbs easier.
Plan your planting
Summer is a great time to plan your outdoor space and give it a fresh new look. When plotting out your yard or garden, be sure to leave extra space around plants to account for their growth or plant in containers to easily move them around, if needed. To make planting and harvesting easier for gardeners of all ages, use raised garden beds to reduce bending and choose planting tools like the Big Grip Trowel or Transplanter, which are easy to grip for more comfortable use.
Shallow layers of mulch work to keep your soil cool, cut down on weeds and slow the loss of moisture. But be careful not to mulch too deeply, as too much mulch can inhibit oxygen from reaching plant roots and encourage mold. As a rule of thumb, mulch only two to three inches on top of the soil and keep mulch from touching the base of plants.
A healthy lawn and garden will have deep roots that can tap reserves of moisture way down in the soil. Water deeply — but not too often — and you’ll encourage plants to develop even deeper roots. The best time to water is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. when the air is cooler and there is less risk of evaporation from heat and wind. Use durable tools like the Gilmour Flexogen Hose and Thumb Control Watering Nozzle that are easy to maneuver and stand up to the elements season after season.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor
Remember to spend time outside in your yard and garden when the weather is nice and enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables you grow. Use Herb and Veggie Shears to make healthy cuts on your plants so you have fresh and delicious produce throughout the season.
With the right tools, yard and garden work is fun, not frustrating. Use these tips to keep your yard maintained and beautiful so you can enjoy it all summer long.