Garden Maintenance: DON'T Neglect These Tasks!

Posted on Mar 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Garden Maintenance DON'T Neglect These Tasks! | The Experienced Gardener

Spring is almost here and that means getting back into the grove of gardening. Sometimes, during the colder months, Mother Nature can help out with your garden tasks in the way of rain. However, when the sun starts coming out in full force again, it's important to get back on top of the essential gardening 101 chores in order to keep your garden looking it's best all season. 

As we turn the corner into Spring, you might need a little reminder about some of the things you can do to help your plants, flowers, trees and veggies thrive this year. We've put together a list of the essential tips for gardeners to keep in mind while tending to their yards. 

Give your plants a little boost

We always recommend using fertilizer, regardless of if it’s for the lawn or a flower garden. You don’t want to go overboard with it – fertilizer is full of nitrates, which can actually do more harm to the plants if applied too often or in excessive amount. But an occasional light sprinkling of fertilizer can provide just the helpful boost your plants need this spring.

Protect the garden from pests

Bugs of various sizes can make their way into your garden, especially if you have edible plants such as fruits, herbs or veggies in there. You should take extra care to thwart these critters, such as placing a chicken wire barrier around the perimeter, or raising the garden bed above the ground. Getting rid of these bugs can be a little tougher, but planting pest-resistant varieties is a smart tactic. And although they aren’t always the first choice of organic gardeners these days, pesticides do work; we just recommend using them sparingly.

Water early on in the day

This is a simple one: water early in the day, before the weather heats up. This will allow the roots to soak up plenty of water, which will then evaporate quickly once the sun is out fully. This tip actually works for your garden in two ways. It gives your plant's roots more time to "drink" up the water, and it also allows the sun to evaporate any excess water, which will eliminate standing water pools that can attract pests.

Pull any weeds you see

Nobody likes pulling weeds, but it’s well worth your sweat. Weeds are basically parasites –they steal resources from the plants you actually want, and they also take soil space from them. So pull out the weeds. Not only will it help your plants grow stronger, it will make the garden look better, too.

 

As always, if you need help, feel free to give us a call. Our experienced landscape experts have the tools and knowledge to help your garden flourish and thrive no matter what time of the year it is.

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