So you’ve started a home garden, and now you are faced with the prospect of having to take care of it. It can feel like a daunting task, but there are a few easy things you can do to ensure that your garden remains healthy and vibrant.
If you are a beginner gardener, this short checklist will provide a good foundation for your burgeoning horticultural talents.
This is probably the most tedious aspect of gardening but the most important. Hopefully, you have put provisions in place to discourage weed growth, like laying landscaping fabric in your garden beds before planting, to help keep the weeds tamped down. Even if you have taken precautions, you still need to remain vigilant and uproot any sneaky, nutrient-sapping weeds from around your treasured plants. Remember to ensure all of the roots are taken up, or you’ll find yourself pulling the same ones over and over again.
Water is vital for the survival of your garden, but water alone won't guarantee that your plants will be the best they can be. Fertilising plants ensures that your green babies receive all the nutrients they need to thrive in your garden. It is particularly important if you are stuck having to bring up plants in poor or underperforming soil. If you use slow-release granular fertiliser, you may need only to apply it every month or couple of months. If you go with a faster acting water-soluble fertiliser, you may need to repeat every fortnight or so.
This is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of plant health. Cutting off dead, sick or weak-looking branches may be the best thing for the overall health of your plant. In some cases, when it comes to fruiting plants, you can guarantee a better harvest if you cut back on unnecessary new growth. Do some research on your plant to see what the best course of action is.
Mulching is super easy and probably the best money-saving step you can take when it comes to maintaining your garden. Water isn’t cheap, and you don’t want most of what you give your plants being snapped up by the moisture-stealing sun. If you mulch around your plants and garden rows, you can ensure that the moisture stays in the soil longer, reducing the need to frequently water.
If maintaining your yard is too time-consuming, you can hire a gardening or mowing service provider like Sergio’s Gardening. Give us a call or book yourself in for a free quote today.