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Answer These questions For Summer Garden Success

The arrival of summer is here! Summer living at a home in Mays Landing, NJ stirs thoughts of long sunny days, beaches and pools, baseball games, gardening and barbecues, outdoor dining, and spending time with neighbors, family and friends. As we step outside this summer it will be even more special because of the ending to a long pandemic, so let’s make the most of this time spent outdoors.

If you are new to the area, or have recently moved into a new home, then perhaps you are looking to make the most of your outdoor living by adding or maintaining a garden area. We have some tips for your garden success.

Asses your lawn and garden area.

Take a few minutes to walk around, step back and view your landscape from different angles. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Are there spaces that need attention? Is anything overgrown?
  • Are there gaps or locations where you want to add vegetation?
  • Do you need to add or fix any landscape barriers?
  • Have you added a garden?
  • Will you need to mulch?
  • Is your landscape minimal and new, and therefore awaiting your personal touch?

From here, create a list of your garden objectives or goals to tackle this summer after assessing your landscape and property needs.

Consider your gardening resources.

Once you have a list of what you want to accomplish, you need to determine how you can achieve your goal(s).  By answering these questions below, it will help address the outdoor area(s) where you need assistance.

  • Do you currently have or need a lawncare service to mow and prune?
  • Do you need or have a service to fertilize your lawn and treat for weeds?
  • Do you have a service to fertilize and asses the health of your trees and shrubs?
  • Do you own the equipment needed for your project?
  • Do you need to look at renting tools or contracting labor for small projects?

While a service provider might seem costly, consider and compare the details of what they provide. For example, if it is a lawncare service, do you own the type of equipment that can quickly mow, trim and edge your property? Will you have the time and resources required to perform regular maintenance of both the lawn and the equipment? When you consider all of the costs to own and maintain the equipment, the time required for consistent results, and the amount of work involved, then you might rethink the cost benefit for that lawncare service.

Get your hands dirty.

If you prefer not to hire an outside service, then you are probably someone who enjoys working in the yard. As a do-it-yourselfer, first research the type of lawn and know the different trees and shrubs you have. From that research, you can learn what and when are the recommended times to fertilize, prune, edge and cut.  For example, many trees and shrubs require pruning in the late Spring. Some flowering shrubs such as roses, need to be pruned or deadheaded after each blooming period.

Remember that there are specialty fertilizers available for plants such as flowing shrubs, vegetables, and evergreens. Even if you don’t use an outside service, regular fertilizing is still needed to help these plants look and remain healthy. In addition, certain times of the year will bring out harmful insects and pests. Be sure to monitor your plants year-round, and plan to treat pests accordingly.

If you have a vegetable garden, consider adding some fencing to prevent native animals from eating the fruits of your labor. Watch the weather and have a plan to provide consistent irrigation or watering for those plants. Water is also essential for everything in your yard, and vegetation can be severely impacted by droughts long after the season has passed. Also, avoid summer lawn stress and adhere to the different mowing heights required for different types of grasses.

Whatever the direction you go, we hope that your long-anticipated summer barbecues, backyard bistros, and neighborhood/family get togethers are a success and your gardens are in full bloom.

If you are looking for a new home that will have a garden to call your own, then explore the options for to-be-built new homes in Mays Landing, NJ by Schaeffer Homes, a three-generation home builder. Schaeffer Homes is known for their quality- built, affordable new homes in Southern New Jersey.

The spectacular community of Halbert Avenue is ready for you to begin your home buyer journey. Start planning your new home now to move in by summer 2022. Call Schaeffer Family Homes today at 856-208-5118 or email general.info@schaefferhomes.com to learn more about the Halbert Avenue community of homes in Mays Landing NJ.

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