A garden is a beautiful thing, but it can be difficult to maintain. Proper gardening requires time and effort. If you don’t have the time to maintain your garden, consider hiring a lawn care service or landscaping in Mankato. Landscapers offer a variety of services including garden makeovers, garden restorations, landscape design, tree removal and more. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced gardener, we have compiled 12 simple gardening tips that will help you keep your garden in tip-top shape!
- Keep it simple! Don’t turn gardening into a full-time job with complicated tasks. Focus on the basics of gardening.
- Use mulch to help retain moisture in your garden, which will promote plant growth and reduce weeds.
- Weed regularly by hand or using tools like trowels and hoes. Hand weeding is necessary because many herbicides are toxic to plants if they have been sprayed for too long or not applied correctly in high enough concentrations. The weed pulls out easily when you grab them at the roots with both hands near their base and pull up along its length until all root pieces come free from soil around it — do this as quickly as possible before reinserting grass plugs back into the lawn area.
- If you have a lawn, get rid of weeds by pulling them out with your hands or using gardening tools like trowels and hoes, then water the area to help new grass sprouts grow.
- Regularly trim plants such as rose bushes that are growing too tall so they don’t block light from reaching lower parts of the garden. Prune any dead branches or leaves off shrubs and trees for better air circulation. You can also use gardening pruners to snip spent flowers/cut back plant stems after their blooming season is over in order to encourage next year’s flowering cycle.
- Use organic gardening methods on crops grown in containers: compost soil (a mixture of browns – rotten leaves, dried grass clippings and other yard debris – with a small amount of soil from your garden), potting mix (a mixture of peat moss, sand, and compost) for gardening in pots or raised beds.
- Water plants regularly to keep the roots moist so they are resistant to disease.
- Use mulch around trees/shrubs as well as between rows of vegetables planted close together to help retain moisture when it is scarce; also protects against weed growth if you’re not using herbicides on lawn areas.
- Cut back perennials by one third after flowering season ends each year, or even more frequently for annuals such as petunias that die out quickly without regular cutting back–but cut flowers can last up to four weeks in water.
- Pick off dead blooms from flowers, vegetables and other plants before they start dropping seeds on the ground that will sprout new weeds.
- Clean gardening tools often: You don’t want dirt or plant residue left on them when you’re using them next. Hot soapy water works well for most garden tools (potato scrubber, trowel, hoe). Wash your hands after gardening because soil can carry diseases such as E coli which could contaminate food if it is not washed off properly with soap and hot running water–wash all produce before cooking/eating also!
- Apply a natural weed killer like vinegar mixed into cold tap water around the base of weeds; spray to kill weeds in difficult-to-reach places like between cracks of paving stone.
Gardening is a rewarding hobby that can be difficult to maintain. Following these gardening tips will help you keep your garden in tip-top shape so it’s always beautiful!