Adding a garden to your yard is a great idea for anyone looking for a new hobby. On top of being a fun activity, it can add a ton of curb appeal to your home, and end up being your new favorite area to spend time in. If you are considering starting a garden for the first time we've put together some tips to help you successfully maintain it.
Keep it simple
The first thing you'll need to know about maintaining a garden is to keep it simple. Choose the plants for your garden based on what is native to your area. Plants that do well to your area will be much easier to care for and more likely to thrive. They will be able to grow well in the climate in your area and you will not have to give them a lot of special attention in order to make up for it. Choosing the right types of plants will make the task of maintaining your garden simpler and easier.
Nurture your plants
As you start gardening, you'll learn that plants usually need more than water and sunlight to truly thrive. You can increase the likelihood that your plants will thrive by "feeding" 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 factors you'll need to look out for that can threaten the wellbeing of your garden. You need to protect your plants from these things:
Weeds are a huge threat to the plants in your garden because they block your plants from getting nutrients. You can fight against weeds by laying down garden fabric, adding a layer of mulch, and yanking out the weeds anytime they appear.
Some types of bugs can cause damage and even kill off plants if they are left unmonitored. You can protect your plants from bugs with natural and commercial insecticides. There are some bugs that are actually good for fighting off the harmful bugs. Be careful not to get rid of any beneficial bugs in your quest to get rid of the bad ones.
There are burrowing pests such as gophers, moles, and voles that can be a problem for your garden. Gophers will feed off of your plants while moles will simply mess up the roots as they dig through the ground for grubs and other bugs to eat.
Some plants need to be trimmed 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 by using mulch.
Maintaining a garden does not have to be very difficult. The most important thing you can do is be proactive about caring for and protecting your plants.