Please welcome my contributor Jenna as she shares 10 Tips to Maintain Your Garden & Lawn!
Hi everyone! This is Jenna from Wife in Progress back again. This time I’m excited to share some of my favorite gardening tips with you.
Now, I’m no expert gardener and no one has ever accused me of having a green thumb but these tips have certainly got me moving in the right direction!
1. If you don’t have a sprinkler system invest in a timer.
I have three hoses that cover my entire lawn. One for the front, one for the back and one for the side yard. Each hose is attached to a sprinkler and on a timer. Instant sprinkler system! If you’re like me and won’t remember to water your lawn every day then this is absolutely necessary to keep your grass nice and green! The same goes for watering your flowers.
2. Know your USDA Hardiness Zone. This is very important to make sure that any perennials, trees or shrubs that you plant will survive in your area (usually whatever is sold at your local garden center will be appropriate for the locale).
3. Deadhead flowers regularly. The more you keep up with this, the more constant your blooms will be as the plant will know to produce more flowers.
4. If you like to “reorganize” or move your plants around, consider planting them IN their pots. When you move them it will be much less upsetting to the plant and easier for you to move, too!
5. Before planting anything take a few days to plan. Pay particular attention to the type of sun each area of your yard gets. Plants designated “full sun” will need a minimum of 8 hours sun, where sun/shade plants will do better with just morning sun. I’ve killed many a plant by giving it too much sun so plan, plan, plan!
6. Use Epsom salt to water your plants. 1 tablespoon to a gallon of water does the trick. The magnesium creates strong green leaves and large blooms. Who knew!
7. Naturally prevent weeds using Corn Gluten Meal. Activate it with water and it’s good to go for 5 or 6 weeks. You can find it at any health food store.
8. Reseed your lawn and use fertilizer in the spring and fall to keep your grass strong and healthy.
9. When mowing your lawn, only remove to the top 1/3 of the grass. Longer grass is stronger grass.
10. Invest in some tools. Whether it’s a new lawnmower, a rake, or gloves. Make sure you have the tools to do the job properly!
For more gardening and lawn inspiration, check out my Pinterest boards! What tips do you have when it comes to gardening and lawn care? I’d love to hear from you!