Maintenance Outdoor Gardening

5 Things to Do to Maintain Your Garden

Everyone loves a beautiful garden. But not everyone knows how to maintain a garden or has the inclination to. Our advice is to keep up with regular maintenance so that your prior efforts in establishing your garden don’t go to waste! With minimal regular efforts, you can enjoy your beautiful garden for years to come.

So, here are our top 5 tips on what you need to do regularly to maintain your garden:

1. Remove weeds and grass

Removing weeds and grass before planting anything in the garden will save you a lot of angst in the long run. Firstly, you will not have to spend too much time controlling weeds later on. Secondly, your plants will have less competition for nutrients and moisture if there are no competing weeds.

Start by digging up and loosening soil, so that you can remove weeds and grass. Then top up with a layer of good quality soil and compost. Finally, mulch the garden bed to reduce access for weeds to take root in soil. You will have to remove weeds that pop up from time to time to keep your garden neat, tidy and healthy.

If you are digging up a patch of the garden which was previously full of weeds or grass, you might want to consider placing a weed mat over the area for a few months. This will help to kill any weeds since they will be starved of sunlight. After a few months, you may remove the weed mat and plant into that section of the garden.

2. Feed the soil

Feed the soil regularly. Good quality soil with the required nutrients means your plants will be healthier, stronger and therefore, will thrive where you plant them. Adding organic material like compost or well-rotted manure to the garden bed will keep your garden looking great all year round.

3. Choose the right spot for the plants

Before planting into the ground, survey the spot during different times of the day to guage how much light the spot receives in a day. Then place a suitable plant in that spot. If the spot is shady most of the day, plant something that prefers shady spots. If the spot receives sunlight for a good part of the day, then a plant that thrives in full sun will love that spot. Failing to do so may mean that your plants will die shortly after being planted in that spot.

4. Check for pests regularly

Casting your eye over your plants and garden regularly helps you to spot problems well before they become too difficult to overcome. If you spot aphids or other pests, you can take spray with pest killer well before they cause serious damage to your plants.

5. Clear debris from the garden regularly

Clearing your garden of debris will not only help it to look good but also reduce spots where pests can hide. It is also important to harvest fruits as they ripen and remove any diseased plants before the infection spreads to other plants. Deadheading flowers will also help to prolong flowering season.

There you go, just taking these 5 steps to maintain your garden at least on a weekly to fortnighly basis will go a long way to ensuring that you have a beautiful garden that is a joy to relax in for years to come.

Maintenance Outdoor Gardening

5 Ways to Control Weeds in the Garden

Weeds are the bane of every gardener. They spring up in the most inconvenient, hard-to-reach spots. They grow voraciously. Some weeds are adorably beautiful in small quantities, but in most instances, weeds are ugly and ruin the look of any garden. Needless to say, you need to control weeds in the garden so that you are not overwhelmed by them.

So, here are our top 5 tips to control weeds in the garden:

1. Remove Weeds Regularly

Yes, we have stated the bleeding obvious in your quest to control weeds. But it’s far easier to remove small quantities of tiny weeds, then to work through a huge mess of gigantic weeds in the yard. The best time to remove weeds is when the soil is damp, usually a day after a rainy day. It’s harder to pull weeds from the ground when it is parched.

2. Mulch

A layer of mulch on the garden bed keeps to keep the soil cool. It also helps to reduce evaporation, and therefore helps the soil to maintains moisture levels. Most of all, mulch deprives weeds of light.

3. Weed Mat

Placing a weed mat or a landscape fabric over bare soil helps to prevent weeds from re-growing, mainly by blocking sunlight from getting to the weeds sprouting below. To prevent the weed mat from being blown away in strong winds, secure it to the ground with metal pegs and cover it with a layer of mulch or pebbles.

4. Weed Killer

The use of weed killers can be effective especially if they are formulated to target certain weeds. However, this is our least favourite for 2 main reasons. Firstly, you may inadvertently kill some of the more delicate plants in the garden. Secondly, overuse of chemicals may not be the best for garden health or for your health.

5. Space Plants Closer Together

Spacing plants closely together helps to crowd out weeds. However, care must be taken to ensure that they plants do not end up being too close together when fully grown, as they may also end up crowding out one another.

Now that you have gotten the weeds in your garden under control, how about looking into lawn alternatives, so that you don’t have to spend weekends moving the lawn!