It can be difficult to keep on top of your garden, especially if you have a busy schedule during the day. However, there are tips and tricks to make sure that your garden always looks it’s best.
1) Don’t Overcrowd
As lovely as your plants may look together, if you have too many in one small area you’ll find they won’t look great for long. Keep an eye on plants you’ve had a while, and check where they are spreading. Plants that grow too closely together will be much weaker as they are fighting for sunlight, water and nutrition with the other plants. Overcrowding can even attract disease! Evenly spacing out your garden will keep it looking tidy and stop your plants from dying off.
2) Give Your Compost Time
When using fresh compost in your garden, you want to make sure that it is composted fully. Not all of the waste in your compost bin will decompose at exactly the same rate. If any plant waste that is not composted thoroughly has any disease in it, it spread the disease to your garden. Don’t rush to use it!
3) Look after your lawn
Everybody want’s their lawn to be the envy of their neighbors, and it can be hard work to keep it looking good. Make sure you mow your lawn on warm days when the grass is dry, you also don’t want to cut it too short. In the hot summer months when there is no rain, sprinklers will help to give it moisture in the day time. If it does happen to rain, make sure you turn them off! If you are looking after a large garden or hosting a party, you want to consider laying down grass matting to protect your lawn. If your grass really needs a boost, aerate it to give it a new lease of life.
4) Plan In Winter
To keep your garden looking tip top all year round, you need to make sure you don’t let it die off in winter. Some light pruning will help to keep your plants healthy. There are also many types of plants that you can buy to be planted in winter so that by spring and summer your garden will be full of new life. After winter is over, you may want to give your garden a more thorough once-over to make sure it’s at it’s best for the spring and summer months.
5) Water Efficiently
Watering your plants doesn’t mean to drown them with a watering can. If you water your plants in an efficient way, you’ll keep them looking healthy and save money on your water bill. It’s recommended you choose to water your plants either in the evening or morning, so they can soak up the water before it starts to get warm. You also want to make sure you’re aiming the water at the base of the plant, near the roots, without the soil becoming water-clogged.
6) Get Mulching
Dedicated gardeners may do this already though many people skip this step. Mulch is simply a material applied over the top of the soil to help to retain moisture and keep the soil rich. Mulch is made from of a variety of materials such as bark, grass clippings or shredded leaves. Different types of mulch can help keep your garden at its best and improve the soil’s fertility.
7) Watch Out For Bugs
Insects are every gardener’s nightmare as if you get an infection you can quickly find your plants destroyed. Set aside regular intervals in which you check your plants for any damage from insects. If you identify the damage early on, it’s likely to be much easier to resolve. You can even use natural products to get rid of common pests and leave the chemical spray behind.
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