Saturday, August 14, 2010

Get your Garden ready for next year

Give some thought to the size and location of your garden. Whatever your choices are, it’s wise to make them ahead of time. Plan for paths where you want to walk. Consider the type of plants you want, the conditions under which they thrive, and place your beds where the best combination of light, shade, moisture and drainage. Choose the right plant for each location.

The amount of shade cast by each plant in your garden should be considered when you plan your garden. Trees are most versatile, permitting plenty of light during the cool weather of early spring and fall, and providing shade in the summer. Evergreen trees and shrubs will provide year-round shade.


Low walls and evergreen hedges provide a pattern of part day shade and part day sun, except to the south side where sun falls all day. Buildings and high walls are opaque to light, providing dense shade to the north and very hot, bright conditions to the south. A building may provide protection for the tender plants in winter.


Remember the sun rises about 30 degrees higher in summer than winter. Observe how light falls in your yard over the course of a year, and plan your garden area to use this to your advantage in each season.

3 comments:

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I agree Ron, now is the time to do this. Many of us are paralyzed by this unusual heat and can't think of anything but summer.

Fall will soon be upon us and quickly in my zone will turn into weather too cold to make these changes.

Eileen

bird tables said...

The start of spring is a joyous time; the soil starts to come alive from its long winter sleep. The onset of spring is my favorite time to do yard work;

Ron said...

Its good to know you have some of your garden ready for the next season.