Garden Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining and improving your garden, there are a number of things you can do. Some of the tips below take very little time, skill or money but others may require a little more. If you are someone that doesn’t mind getting your hands dirty, then you will find that you can quite quickly make a big difference to the overall look of your garden.

The first thing you need to do is to start with good soil preparation by adding compost or other organic matter to the soil. If the soil is not of a good quality then nothing will grow other than maybe weeds. It is important to ensure that you chose the right sorts of plants that are suitable for your climate and soil type. Consider the amount of sun and shade the area receives, the soil type, and the climate before choosing plants.

Be sure you understand the watering needs of each plant you’re growing as they can be very different. Some may require daily watering others may not need to be watered for weeks on end. Overwatering can be just as harmful as underwatering.

To really give your plants and shrubs a boost, you should be sure to use organic or chemical fertilisers to provide the necessary nutrients. The amount of fertiliser you will need will vary from plant to plant so be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

As with our hair, shrubs and bushes require regular pruning. This will not only keep it looking in shape but encourages healthy growth.

Be sure to keep an eye out for pests and bugs that may be taking a liking to your plants. If you do have an infestation, then there are often many natural remedies that you can try before you have to result to harsh chemicals.

Be sure to mow your lawn regularly but not too short. If you mow it too short, the grass can easily become damaged by footfall or scorched by the sun. If left too long it can be a lot harder to mow and you will often find that the grass underneath has started to turn yellow due to lack of sunlight.

Although gardening takes time and effort and it may not be something you particularly enjoy doing, the end result is worth it. Getting your garden ready over the next couple of months will give you the perfect place to relax in whilst having a BBQ with your friends and family.