Five ways to improve garden soil in late spring/early summerPublished Monday 27th July 2020
This time of year is perfect for getting your garden ready for a great summer and autumn by improving the soil quality to grow all sorts of wonderful plants. Here we look at the five best ways to improve the quality of your garden soil during late spring and early summertime.
1. Remove Weeds and Debris
The first task is to remove the unwanted weeds and other debris.
This is especially important if you are planning on planting new flowers or
vegetation as the soil will need to be exposed in order to freshen it up.
You can repurpose any dead organic matter via the compost heap,
although there may also be plenty of already-composted organic matter or mulch
which you will be able to incorporate into the soil. Un-composted mulch will
need to be raked away to expose the soil, but use your eye to gauge its quality
as it can be worth keeping and reapplying once you have finished preparing the
soil and planting new vegetation.
2. Loosen the Compacted SoilSoil can become compacted over winter so you will need to loosen it up. With a tiller or spade, till and turn the soil to a depth of around 30cm. It may also be a good idea to buy topsoil to add a layer of quality soil that is rich in nutrients. Mulch and leaf litter can be mixed in with the soil if it is well composted, but removed if too fresh.
3. Add Fertiliser Pruned Plants
4. Prepare New Beds and Planters
5. Start Planting Early