A garden is a source of joy for many people. Gardens have several benefits, from being a restful haven for stress release to providing vegetables to ease your grocery budget. It is also an excellent way for people to be active and keep their cognition sharp.
Gardens are easy to maintain, but it can take some doing to get started with one and grow it into your slice of heaven. It can sound overwhelming to learn all about soil types and water temperature, but it’s one of those activities that gets easier with practice. It’s simply about understanding what does and does not work for your garden.
If you’re hoping to grow food plants or put them in a deck, then tree removal would give you more space to work with. A relaxed atmosphere is best encouraged with hedges and plants that produce pleasant-smelling aromas. Also, native plants require much less care than transplanting a foreign plant unfamiliar with the soil and temperature.
Whether you are preparing to start a garden for the first time or you’ve recently bought a house with one and want to maintain it, getting familiar with some gardening care tips will give you the confidence to know what to do.
Plants and trees are best pruned in winter and spring. You must also consider when the plants bloom. Shrubs that bloom in spring should be pruned after the bloom fades. If you prune in winter, then you will be cutting the buds that will become flowers. Summer flowering shrubs must be pruned right at the end of winter or early in spring. These start forming buds after winter and during spring, so pruning early will eliminate the “old” branches and make way for new growth.
An excellent way to tell if a branch needs to be pruned is if it looks disfigured, this can be a sign that it is rotten or weak and could cause injury if someone were to lean on it or climb it. Perennial plants should only be pruned after the warm weather has fully set in. The perennial growth could be home to many beneficial bugs for plants, and you do not want to disturb them too early.
Consider trimming the lower branches on shrubs as well so that small plants underneath have room to grow. This is a good area for small plants that like fresh air but need shade to thrive.
The usual reaction to seeing leaves on the ground is to clear them all out. But, when it comes to a garden, you may want to consider a different approach. Light leaf litter is fine, but remove heavy coverings of leaves. Rich layers of leaves can develop mold and decay, and you do not want to invite this into your garden.
Also, avoid raking the leaves when the ground is wet. It’s easier to do and stirs up less soil when you rake during a colder day. However, if you intend to start a compost pile, you can rake the leaves towards this area and get started.
Leave light layers on the ground to decompose and break down so that they can be mixed in with the soil. This will add nutrition to your planting soil.
The one thing everyone knows about gardening is that weeds are a gardener’s greatest enemy. In movies and cartoons, gardeners are constantly struggling with weeds. This is funny and entertaining, but it is based on truth, so you must take weed removal seriously.
Early spring is the best time for dealing with weeds. They can be very invasive and become more aggressive and problematic as the days get warmed. They have strong roots that make them hard to pull out and remove entirely from the soil. Thus, early spring early growth of weeds are easier to pull free from the ground and discard. Some people also avoid over-watering and do not put in spring fertilization to avoid giving them food for growth.
Spray an organic pre-emergent herbicide on your planting beds to discourage weed growth. This will keep weeds from growing, and the bed will have removed the last traces of the herbicide before you are ready to plant. Otherwise, you may find you have to use weed killer if the weeds grow and flower. Weedkiller is toxic to all plants and can make your beds unhealthy for the plants you want to grow.
An even lawn of lovely green grass is soothing to the eye and the easiest style of garden to maintain. It can improve the curb appeal of your home to a great deal as well. But the regular activities of life can rub some spots of your lawn down and leave an uneven covering. Many people are concerned about how this will affect the evenness of their lawn. They are unsure how to balance this with their need to control weeds.
Light mowing that does not cut the grass too short and allowing the clippings to cover the ground afterward is an excellent way to reduce the incidence of weeds in your garden. It also gives the soil more cover till you figure out your plan of attack. First, identify why your lawn is looking patchy.
Is it due to pets? Is there a path that your children use that has worn down the grass? Are the empty patches entirely on the edge of the pavement? You can re-seed the areas work down by pets and let the seedlings grow. After they grow, you can spray a pre-emergent organic herbicide to discourage weeds.
Ask your children to avoid walking on the lawn or mark their preferred path with gravel as an interesting feature. You can then keep a smooth grassy lawn, and the kids can have their little path. Gravel or decorative shells are also an excellent way to reduce the edge of your yard looking ragged. Any bald spots at the area meeting the pavement are likely from people walking past. Thus, putting in an attractive border will allow them to roam freely and keep their feet from harming your lovely grass.