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Seasonal Landscaping

Preparing Your Garden for Summer in Ontario

As summer approaches, it’s time to get your garden ready for the warm weather. Ontario’s unique climate offers both challenges and opportunities for gardeners. Follow these tips to ensure your garden thrives throughout the summer months.

1. Soil Preparation

  • Test Your Soil: Start by testing your soil to understand its pH and nutrient levels. This will help you determine if you need to add any amendments.
  • Add Compost: Enrich your soil with organic compost to improve its structure and fertility. This will help retain moisture and provide essential nutrients for your plants.

2. Planting Summer Blooms

  • Choose Native Plants: Opt for native Ontario plants that are well-adapted to the local climate. Some excellent choices include Black-Eyed Susan, Butterfly Weed, and Ontario’s provincial flower, the White Trillium.
  • Plan for Continuous Bloom: Select a variety of plants that bloom at different times to ensure your garden is vibrant all summer long. Consider perennials like Coneflowers and Daylilies, which are hardy and low-maintenance.

3. Watering Wisely

  • Install a Drip Irrigation System: This efficient watering method delivers water directly to the roots, reducing evaporation and ensuring your plants get the moisture they need.
  • Water Early or Late: Water your garden in the early morning or late evening to minimize water loss due to evaporation and to help prevent plant diseases.

4. Mulching for Moisture Retention

  • Apply Mulch: Spread a layer of mulch around your plants to help retain soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Organic mulches like shredded bark or straw work well and decompose over time, adding nutrients to the soil.
  • Maintain Mulch Layer: Check your mulch layer regularly and replenish it as needed to maintain a consistent depth of 2-3 inches.

5. Pest and Disease Management

  • Monitor for Pests: Keep an eye out for common garden pests like aphids, slugs, and Japanese beetles. Use natural pest control methods such as introducing beneficial insects or using organic sprays.
  • Prevent Diseases: Ensure good air circulation around your plants by spacing them appropriately and pruning as needed. Remove any diseased plants or leaves promptly to prevent the spread of pathogens.

6. Lawn Care Tips

  • Mow High: Set your mower blades higher to leave your grass about 3 inches tall. Taller grass shades the soil, reducing evaporation and encouraging deeper root growth.
  • Fertilize Sparingly: Use a slow-release fertilizer designed for the Ontario climate. Over-fertilizing can harm your lawn and the environment.

7. Enjoy Your Outdoor Space

  • Create Comfortable Seating Areas: Set up shaded seating areas where you can relax and enjoy your garden. Consider adding an awning or pergola for extra shade.
  • Add Decorative Elements: Enhance your garden’s beauty with decorative elements like garden art, water features, or colorful containers.

By following these tips, you can prepare your Ontario garden for a successful and beautiful summer season. Happy gardening!


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