Beginner’s Guide to Maintaining a Garden

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 6:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Beginner’s Guide to Maintaining a Garden | The Experienced GardenerAdding a garden to your yard can enhance the overall look of your landscape. In addition, gardening can be an enjoyable and relaxing hobby. If you are thinking about starting a garden for the first time you may have questions about how to successfully maintain it.

  • Keep it simple

The first step to maintaining a garden is to keep it simple. Choose the plants for your garden based on what is native to your area. Plants that are native to your area will be much easier to care for and more likely to thrive. They will be able to handle the climate in your area and you will not have to give them a lot of special attention in order to help them survive. Making this type of plant choice will make the task of maintaining your garden simpler and easier.

  • Nurture your plants

You will find as you start your journey into gardening that plants often need more than water and sunlight to truly thrive. You can increase the likelihood that your plants will thrive by nurturing them with plant food. There are a variety of commercial plant foods on the market that you can get for your plants. If you want to keep things more natural, you can create your own plant food through compost. It will take a little time develop your compost pile but it will provide you with a free and natural source of plant food for your garden.

  • Protect your plants

There are several things that can threaten the wellbeing of your garden. You need to protect your plants from these threats.

1. Weeds

Weeds are a major threat to the plants in your garden because they steal away nutrients. You can protect against weeds by laying down garden fabric, adding a layer of mulch, and pulling up the weeds anytime they appear.

2. Bugs

Some types of bugs can cause damage and even kill off plants if they are left unchecked. You can protect your plants from bugs with natural and commercial insecticides. There are some bugs that are beneficial for fighting off the harmful bugs. Be careful not to kill off all of the beneficial bugs in your quest to get rid of the bad ones.

3. Burrowing pests

There are burrowing pests such as gophers, moles, and voles that can be a threat to your garden. Gophers will feed off of your plants while moles will simply destroy the roots as they search through the ground for grubs and other bugs to eat.

4. Harsh weather

Some plants need to be cut back at certain times of the year in order to survive through the winter. Your best chance of maintaining your plants is to know when the specific types of plants need to be cut back. You can also protect your plant’s roots from cold weather with mulch.

Maintaining a garden does not have to be complicated. The most important thing you can do is be proactive with the care and protection of your garden.

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