It’s common, when considering summer landscaping, for property owners to wait a bit longer to begin planning and turning plans into action. This applies even more so in seasonal climates such as England’s, with its shifting weather changes. The tendency is to wait until late spring or the start of summer to start renovating their landscape for the coming hot season. This can be unwise, as many people later find out.
As weekend activities, vacations and impromptu events start to drain time, area vendors’ plant and flower inventories get more limited, it becomes late for sowing many veggies and some flowers, and, suddenly, it’s autumn. Once again, the summer landscaping plans and project slide into the ‘OK, let’s do that next year’ column. While you should enjoy the fresh spring weather and deflate from winter’s cold grasp and your indoor imprisonment, it’s wiser to start planning those upcoming projects now.
Sow the Seeds
To save some sweat and backache later, use early spring to start laying the groundwork, pun intended, for summer landscaping designs and changes. This is wise because it’s the easiest time to work in the earth, when the ground is softening, but before everything starts blossoming fully. It’s easier to start sowing seeds and prepping small beds in indoor raised vegetable beds, and then move them outside in a few weeks. If you have a greenhouse, enclosed porch or decking or other area.
Fun for Kids
Beginners and premier vegetable beds are best begun early. If you have kids, start getting them involved early with summer landscaping. They’ll feel more included, they’ll help out more when the heat hits and you’re inclined to recline. You can also avoid the strain of moving heavier, fuller shrubs and trees about. Start when they’re a few months younger, so there’s less foliage growth and weight; you’ll break fewer branches…and, your back, too.
Consider the Earth
Start early to limit crabgrass growth. Use underlying geotextile membrane as you build pathways and construct decking; summer landscaping will involve less yanking of pesky crabgrass or trimming it as it grows through decking. Softer earth will mean easier digging of holes, whether you’re planting fence posts secured with ballast and cement or postfix for serious permanent whole fencing and decks.
The same wisdom works if planting wooden, concrete or metal fence posts for stepped fencing or deck sections on sloped property, cleating in concrete gravel boards for panel fencing or tapping in stakes to support lovely garden edging.
If summer landscaping entails retaining masses of earth with vertically planted fence posts, sleepers or oak planks, all will be more easily accomplished with softer earth.
Plants that are set to climb trellises and lattices might be best started early to secure themselves to such structures. You don’t want to do all this under August’s blazing sun. See the experts at AVS Fencing Supplies now, ahead of time for summer landscaping. Their years of experience will help you get all the superior supplies and free advice you need to beat the heat, and save money on quality goods. That’s a hot deal!