What Your Garden Needs to Thrive
A Garden is a wonderful thing, something that allows us to show our creativity and is constantly changing to adapt not just to the climate or space available but also to our own taste and style. While most gardens contain our favourites from year to year, there is always something we can add or change. Forget “New Year, New You” – I think it’s time to get “New Spring, New Garden” trending.
While a garden can bring a lot of personality to a home, it’s also a lot of work to keep it healthy and thriving. Sometimes, as much as we wish to give our garden the love and care that it deserves, we simply don’t have the knowledge or skills to do so properly. From when and how to properly prune a perennial to identifying the smallest health indicators in a plant’s appearance, there are a multitude of topics that most homeowners don’t fully understand. At least, I know I don’t. That’s why I decided to reach out to the team at Tumber Garden Care, Tumber Landscape Design & Build’s newest offering, to see if they had any tips and tricks for me. While you and I may not know how to prune a hydrangea or have any idea what our plants are trying to say to us until it’s much too late, they do. Whether it’s for design, spring or fall clean up, weekly maintenance, or a combination of the four, their professionals have the skills and experience to keep your garden fresh and flourishing year-round.
While they emphasize the importance and long-term benefits of fall and winter prep, it’s never too late to get a start on your gardening. In fact, there are still many important steps that need to be taken in the spring to get your garden beds into shape. If you’re like me, clueless about the ins and outs of gardening, here are three key things Tumber does (and you should be doing too!) come spring:
- Prune, deadhead and clear out any debris that remains from fall or winter
- Re-establish the garden’s deep edge to define its borders
- Refresh the garden’s topsoil/mulch and fertilize to support new growth in the upcoming season
And of course, if you haven’t already started, now is the time to begin planning for the upcoming season. As your bulbs begin to push their way through the melting snow and thawing soil, it’s a great time for you to take a good look at your garden, see what gaps exist, and determine whether you want to start moving perennials around to match your taste and style for the year. Although caring for the plants and ensuring the right measures are in place to avoid unnecessary stress (from weeds, watering, pests etc.) is a big part of what Tumber Garden Care does; sitting down with you, the client, to discuss, plan and design a garden that you’re truly passionate about is something they take great pleasure in. It makes all the hard work that comes after worth it.
Two things that Tumber likes to emphasize when it comes to garden design is integrating a rotating bloom and incorporating annuals to highlight and contrast the surrounding perennials. A rotating bloom, that is, the even distribution of perennials that bloom at different times throughout the season, is a great way to keep your garden looking fresh and interesting year-round. There’s nothing worse than having a vibrant blooming garden in June only to have it dead and drooping come September. With Tumber’s assistance, you can be sure to plant your perennials in a manner that will keep your garden fresh and blooming year-round. As for annuals, they’re a great way to bring extra colour and texture into your garden, adding a personality that is uniquely yours. And of course, if you’re taste changes, their nature allows you to remove them and try something else come next year.
In a similar manner, another great way to bring variety into your garden is to consider custom planters. From your front porch to back deck, a planter’s mobility allows you to bring the liveliness of your outdoor garden closer to the indoors of your home, creating a wonderful transition between the two spaces. Collaborating with homeowners on custom planters is one of Tumber’s favourite things to do. If you’re interested in custom planters for the upcoming year, you can’t go wrong with discussing your ideas and wishes with their stellar team.
So, whether you need guidance on pruning and transplanting perennials, identifying and treating pests in your garden, or what to put in that empty awkward space in the corner to really make it thrive and pop, it’s time to give Tumber Garden Care a call. Their services might just be what you need to turn your garden into a must-see spot. After all, it’s a new spring, isn’t it? Time to get that new garden, and new you, thriving!
Written By: Jillian Kent | Photography: Tumber Garden Care, Orangeville