Garden maintenance is essential for keeping that sleek, clean, and beautiful outdoor scenery. Therefore, it is vital to know what to do and how to do it. In this article, we will be talking about important garden maintenance activities to accomplish the look you can brag about for ages.
To do this, we must break down the different parts, needs, and activities we can do. Caring for the landscape is one thing, but caring for the plants, soil types, or even a patio is a whole different story.
To set expectations, garden maintenance takes time. Since not everyone has all the time in the world to tend to the garden, hopefully, this article will be able to help you reduce that timeframe.
There will be times that your patience will be tested, but we should not lose hope. After all, as far as inspirational garden quotes go, Allan Armitage even said that —
“Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.”
In short, we can derive that he means that it will all be worth your while in the end.
1. Have weeds?
Well, who wants them? To avoid weeds, it really helps to plant beds in a compact manner. Maybe even consider putting up an eso fence around a group! This eliminates the weed’s chance to propagate in the crevices.
However; if roots have already propagated, the way to eliminate them is to get to the “root” of the problem (no pun intended), and use a weeding trowel to remove them. If not, consider mulching. The benefits are tremendous!
Apart from incorporating mulch, learning how to make compost, and/or adding vermiculite, can cause your garden to prosper. More importantly, you won’t need to water them as much anymore because these methods help to contain the water in the soil.
2. Things to keep in mind about the lawn
Your lawn needs sunlight, that much is pedestrian. But certain temperatures are good and are bad for your yard. It’s best to keep in mind that at about 25°C, this temperature promotes the growth of your garden. However; increase that slightly to about 31°C, and that stops growth.
In the event that the temperature rises, do not cut the grass too much. Keep it just about 4-6 centimeters so you can still protect the soil from the sun. Soil should not get too dry, after all. Also, this may depend on your location, but as a general rule, the best time to go about watering your grass is around 4-9AM.
And, if you can, measure your watering to about 8-16 liters per square meter of your yard as a rough guide.
3. Things to know about watering
It’s best not to overwater your garden unless you want a soggy lawn. That said, underwatering might kill some of the plants as well. So, what should our best practice be?
Know your garden, that’s the best practice. By that I mean, know when and when not to water. Know how much water one plant needs compared to the others. It’s great practice to group plants together based on how much watering they require. This saves you time and having to think about other complexities.
Also, to avoid mold formation, you should know that it is best not to water the leaves and heads only, but rather, the soil. Also, be gentle when watering. Do not use any high powered or harsh sprays/hoses, especially on smaller plants.
Have you thought about using a water-system framework? Should you be on the go or away from home a lot, maybe consider this option. With a proper irrigation system, they can direct how much moisture the soil should get. However, check if humidity is high in your area because too much moisture will allow for fungi to propagate on your plants.
It would be best not to water when it gets dark already. By watering during the day, you allow time for plants to dry up.
4. Watch out for pests
Plants don’t look good if they are damaged by pests, right? It’s a lesser known fact that by having praying mantises or ladybugs around your plants, you effectively have bodyguards. And they don’t even ask for a benefits package! These two are the pests natural enemy and will serve your plants well. Who knows, it might even birth a new hobby.
5. Tree felling?
How’s the tree in your yard doing? It’s good to know that it’s common for a tree to become hard to manage. Maybe it got too large or worse, it has started to rot because of a certain disease it incurred. This makes the tree a hazard to the eyes and to your safety.
For this one, we recommend calling in professional tree fellers because it can be dangerous to you, your property, or your neighbors’ property.
6. Grab a buddy!
Doing garden maintenance will tire you out in the long run. But not doing them won’t be beneficial to you. So, why not grab a buddy to help you out? Maybe a fellow gardener or an enthusiast. Perhaps even pay the next door kid to spend an afternoon with you watering, trimming, and weeding.
At the end of the day, it’ll feel a hundred times less exhausting if you have someone to do the garden maintenance tasks with you. Try not to burn yourself out!
Diligence is key!
Some days it’s going to feel profitless, some days it’s going to feel like a neverending chore. And well, to be honest, it kind of is. It only ends when your garden dies off. And we wouldn’t want that now, would we? Heed the tips above, and you’ll most likely be fine.
However, if all else fails, you might as well hire professionals to do it for you. This may depend on where you live on the globe, but most likely someone will be willing to do it for you for the right price. Until then, we say, spruce it up yourself because only a few things match the beauty of a sleek, well-maintained garden.