Your 2021 Spring + Summer Gardening Checklist

Gorgeous North Carolina spring days can make even the most apprehensive gardeners want to get outside and start sprucing up their curb appeal. Especially when you live in a beautiful Capitol City Homes community! But before you jump in the car and head to your local nursery, make sure you — and your lawn — are 100% ready for what’s to come. Follow this simple checklist to help with your 2021 spring and summer gardening and landscaping.

  1. Decide What You Want to Plant

Although this might seem like common sense, it’s important to plan out exactly how you’d like your garden to look before you start digging. Are you just planting flowers? In what design do you want them to grow? How close or far from your home do you want them to be when full grown? These are important questions to answer and map out before you get your hands dirty.

Pro Tip: Make a gardening shopping list just as you would for the grocery store. No one wants to make an unnecessary trip for an extra bag of mulch!

  1. Make Sure You’re Starting with a Clean Slate

With normal winter damage, your garden (or lack thereof) might be in some serious need of a little TLC before you start making additions. If you already know the areas you’re going to be working on, do some general cleanup: pull up any weeds or unwanted roots, collect fallen leaves and branches, and assess the state of your gardening tools.

Pro Tip: Pollen season is often the worst in North Carolina during the month of April, however, it can often last until June. Schedule any necessary exterior housework (pressure washing, painting, etc.) now before everyone is all booked up!

  1. Perfect What’s Still There

If you still have trees, shrubs, or perennials from the winter, focus first on getting those to a good place before you add new plants and seasonal flowers around them. Add new mulch, cut back overgrown branches, and get all of your pruning out of the way.

Pro Tip: This is also a prime time to check on garden accessories like stonework, water features, and fences. Cleaning these up can make a huge impact on the entire look of your yard.

  1. Plant Your Seasonal Flowers

Budding flora is one of the most universal signs of spring and can completely transform any landscape! From daffodils to tulips, get as colorful and bright as you want with the multitude of springtime flowers available.

Pro Tip: There’s a good chance your soil is dried out from the cold temperatures of winter. To help give your seasonal flowers the perfect environment to grow, try adding moisture through additions like fertilizer and compost.

Year-Round Gardening Tips

  • Make sure your plants have direct sunlight.
  • Ensure your exterior hose will reach all of your newly planted flower beds.
  • Research the frost dates in your area. This will help you decide when to start your gardening and landscaping to ensure your plants live as long as possible.
  • Feed your plants to help them grow! Add nutrient-rich soil plant food, such as Miracle Gro รข.

Making the exterior of your home presentable is just as important as the interior. However, the great thing about gardening and landscaping is that they can be done to the level of maintenance you desire. From newcomers to true green thumbs, whatever you decide to add to your lawn is sure to give your home a personal touch.

Love your garden and landscaping but wish it encompassed a different house? Our homes are the perfect match for your impressive lawn and garden visions — contact us today and Imagine Life Inside AND Outside your new Capitol City Home!

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