It’s almost here: summer in Maine. For many, it’s one of the most beautiful, lush, and fun-filled times of the year…especially in the garden.
If you’re looking for a gardening guide to your Kennebunk, Maine garden, look no further. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to get your garden started and keep it healthy all summer long.
We'll cover everything from soil preparation to planting selection to pest control. So whether you're a novice gardener or a seasoned pro, this 5-step gardening guide is for you. Let's get started!
1. Know your zone.
For starters, it's good to know what plant hardiness zone you are in. According to the USDA plant hardiness zone map, Kennebunk is a 5b (-15 to -10 °F/-26.1 to -23.3 °C).
This means you should shop for plants that can withstand temperatures as low as -15 degrees. It's OK to play around with some plants that may not fit this description, but know you stand a chance of losing them.
2. Choose the right garden site.
Choose your garden site carefully in your yard. While this can include a lot of initial work, it’s well worth it in the long run.
Watch your lawn throughout the day and identify a spot (or spots) with the sunlight your plants of choice needs. (It’s also helpful to note if the area is getting morning or afternoon sunlight.)
3. Test your soil.
Pay close attention to the soil in the site you chose. We highly recommend starting by testing your soil, which will tell you your soil's pH.
This test will also reveal the minerals and nutrients that your soil may have or lack. A soil test will give you a great starting point in cultivating your ground. That way, you can give your flowers, trees, and shrubs exactly what they need to thrive.
4. Experiment with gardening.
Don't be afraid to try new plants that aren't necessarily native to Kennebunk (but can thrive in the 5b zone). You may be pleasantly surprised.
For many gardeners, learning and experimenting with new plants is an excellent way to express your creativity.
5. Embrace the wildlife.
Yes, it will be heartbreaking to wake up one morning to see a family of deer eating at your newly planted hostas, but wildlife is part of life in Maine. In fact, it’s why many of us choose to live here!
The sooner you learn to enjoy the wildlife; the more manageable your gardening life will be. Consider incorporating subtle fencing around your garden or planting more deer-resistant plants if wildlife becomes too destructive.
Now that you're armed with this 5-step gardening guide in Kennebunk, it's time to get your garden started! If you have any questions or need help, don't hesitate to give us a call.
For help in Southern Maine area with your landscaping needs, contact us at Prime Cut Landscaping & Lawn Care today!