Gardening has become a popular passtime in America today. Working in the garden is a pleasant chore. It gets you outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and is wonderful exercise. You will use many different muscles as you work to make your home more attractive.
Whether you grow vegetables, flowers, or landscape plants like trees and shrubs, some ongoing maintenance is in order to keep them looking their best. When planning a garden, do not forget that the work does not stop when you tamp in your last plant. Keeping the plants looking healthy and fresh will take some time and work in the future. So, when you create your garden, take into account the things that you will need to do in the future.
Here are a few of the things that you will need to do to keep your garden looking its best.
- Set aside a few hours a week to work in your garden. You can use soaker hoses to save time on watering. Soaker hoses also prevent damage to your plants that can be caused by too much moisture on the foliage which can attract insects, plant diseases, and fungal infections. It is best to water early in the day.
- Time must be scheduled to weed the garden. Nothing can spoil the beauty of a garden like an invasion of unsightly weeds. Weeds take up moisture that should be going to the plants that you like. They also rob the soil of valuable nutrients.
- Pruning, cutting back, and dead-heading (the removal of spent blooms) will encourage new growth and help keep shrubs lush and healthy. Find out the right time of year to prune shrubs as the right time varies from plant to plant.
- Keep your garden free of debris. Fallen leaves can carry disease or harbor insects.
- Plants need nutrition. You can use chemical fertilizers or add compost to the soil. Many commercial fertilizers run off and wind up polluting local waterways. Compost is a natural fertilizer that really works and adds those needed nutrients over a period of time.
Of course, spring will be your busiest time in the garden as you ready the soil for new plants to emerge, prune shrubs, clear away dead plant materials, and generally spruce up the area. Spring is a great time to get outdoors. the air is fresh and the world feels renewed – what better way to enjoy the season than to begin garden maintenance and make your home attractive.