If you feel that your home’s exterior is lacking something in appearance, the obvious solution is to add a garden! Gardens are beautiful, improve property value, and make your home look great! Gardening is also a great stress reliever. Read on to find out what simple steps you can take to make a great garden in your yard.
Don’t plant your seedlings or young plants too deeply. The top of a root ball of a large shrub or tree seedling should be just above the soil level and then covered up with mulch to protect it. This allows the roots to breathe and keeps the tree or shrub healthy.
Reworking an established garden. When you move into a home, you usually inherit an established garden. Before demolishing it, wait a full season. Something that initially appears unattractive may actually be worth preserving. In the case of an overgrown garden, dig out obvious weeds, but give established plants a chance to show you what they can do. Overgrown shrubs and trees may only need a simple pruning to look their best. Remember that certain plants take at least a season to come into their own, so try to give your inherited plants the opportunity to shine!
You can use small clay pots or milk jugs to protect your plants from a late-season frost. A bed sheet is also an effective cover of shrubs or large areas. Typically young sprouts are the most vulnerable. If you forget or your efforts fail, you may be forced to replant the crop.
To help your tomato plants grow strong stems, blow a fan on them for 15 minutes a day. Exposure to wind is essential to a stem’s development and giving the plant some extra time to blow in the breeze will only make it stronger. Try using a small portable fan on a low or medium setting.
Plant early flowering annuals. For a spring flush of color, plant early flowering annuals. They enjoy cooler daytime temperatures and do well in areas where nights get quite cold. Sow seeds in fall: they will lay dormant over the winter and germinate in the spring. Good varieties include snapdragon, california poppy, candytuft, stock, Liberia and cornflower.
Deter bugs without pesticides with careful planting. Planting marigolds along the edges of your garden, or planting garlic, parsley, and basil within your garden can repel bugs without resorting to harsh chemicals. These plants give off strong scents that are unappealing to most insects. With these in your garden, pests will steer clear.
Small pebbles and stones make excellent plant markers. To keep track of your plants while simultaneously adding a touch of natural beauty to your garden, collect some pebbles and stones. Find stones with a fairly smooth surface, and use a permanent marker or a little paint to place your plant names on them. This is a much prettier and more natural solution than the traditional plastic tags that clutter up most gardens.
Your home will feel so much more complete once your garden starts growing. As was stated earlier, gardens provide a natural beauty to your home as well as a tranquil atmosphere. You’ll also benefit from the stress-relieving aspect of the act of gardening. Apply the tips from this article to improve your home and your life!