4 Gardening Tips for People Who Hate Gardening

4 Gardening Tips for People Who Hate Gardening

Pixabay There’s nothing sadder than seeing a lovely, spacious garden left neglected and unloved. Where the grass is knee-high, weeds are everywhere, and the lawn is littered with rubbish. A lot of people can only dream of having a garden to turn into their own private slice of heaven, so it’s a real shame to see a beautiful backyard go to waste. But it’s understandable: gardening isn’t a hobby for everyone. Some people don’t enjoy getting muddy knees and dirty fingernails, constantly bending over to water plants and check the soil. As a result, their gardens are left to fend for themselves as nature takes its course. But there are so many benefits to having a nice garden. You have a place to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and make snow angels in the winter. It’s a sanctuary to relax in peace, which can do wonders for your mental health. And it’s even an opportunity to grow your own food, saving you a lot of money on your grocery shop. And even if you don’t have green fingers, you can experience these benefits too. It is possible to have an attractive garden without having to spend hours working on it every weekend. There are several low maintenance plants and techniques you can use to make your backyard flourish and impress your guests. To get you started, here are four gardening tips for people who hate gardening.  Pave it If you don’t have the energy or the motivation to water plants and trim your lawn, you can save time by reducing the amount of greenery in your garden. Adding a patio or paved path can turn your garden into a contemporary urban oasis, and will significantly reduce the amount of work you need to do. How much paving you use will depend on the size and shape of your garden, but you should still incorporate some greenery, such as a flowerbed border or a series of potted plants. Find your focus There are so many different varieties of plants and flowers, and each one has to be cared for and maintained in a different way. If you want your garden to feature flowers, but you don’t want to spend hours looking after them, you can save time by focusing on a single variety that’s low-maintenance and easy to keep alive.  Use shortcuts There are loads of time-saving shortcuts you can adopt to make the gardening process more efficient. Ready-to-use bagged garden products will add extra convenience, while only choosing plants that are native to your region means they will flourish with only minimal input from you. Go artificial If you have the budget for it, an easy way to enjoy a beautiful garden without having to work for it is to install artificial grass. The best fake grass can look just like the real thing, and once it’s laid, it will require no maintenance from you. Just make sure you avoid spending money on cheaper, poor-quality grass, as this won’t have the authenticity or the longevity as the higher-end...
Planning an Edible Garden? 3 Things to Consider

Planning an Edible Garden? 3 Things to Consider

Usually, there’s a great joy to gardening, and for most people who engage in it as a leisure activity, that is the driving force. But have you considered planning for an edible garden and not the usual ornamental types? In the last few years, food gardening has made a huge comeback and explains why 1 in 3 households in America are involved in it. Not only does it beautify your landscape, but it also gives you and your household a tasty harvest.  Now the big question is, do you know how to kick-start ‘edible gardening’? This article will give you an idea of what to do. 1. Find the right location Image Credit  Settling on the right spot for an edible garden must be a prime concern for you. Your guiding point must be choosing an area that gets a lot of sunshine and loamy soil. Finding a suitable location around the home also means deciding on the size of the plot you’re using. For many households who start this for the first time, the best option is to start small until you get the hang of things. Nonetheless, if you’re planning for a one-sided garden, the generally recommended advice is to use a planting area depth of three feet. This measurement is the median adult reach, which prevents you from stepping on the soil when it’s harvesting season. A two-sided garden plot should only be considered when there is enough available space to work with. 2. Get the right kind of soil Since you’re planning your edible garden around the home, taking a walk around your property will be very helpful. Take note of how water runs through your home or, better yet, where it settles. For the sake of your edible garden and plant health, it’s advisable to find a spot that’s level. Despite being a level spot, it still must allow water to drain naturally without pooling in the area you designated for your food garden. Another way to assess your soil is to observe how it appears or retains water after it rains. Good soil should be able to retain the right amount of moisture without pooling at its base. Besides soil porosity, supplement your soil with compost to enhance its potency, improve PH levels, and provide the ideal place for useful microorganisms. Perhaps, you should consider using homemade compost. If you cannot do this, you’ll still find commercial options beneficial for the needed purpose. The right kind of soil will save you money as you tend to your edible garden in the long run.  3. Use raised beds Image Credit Call it a raised bed revolution, and you’ll not be far from the truth. Gardeners are beginning to understand the enormous benefits of gardening in raised beds, which most likely fuelled the increase in growing food using this method. As a booster, Tracy Nolan, the author of Raised Bed Revolution, powered the interest for it in her book. During the spring, raised beds warm up quicker, drain better, tolerate an extended growing season, and enhance better-growing conditions for fruits especially. For example, because it takes time to grow a pineapple, raised beds are the best option for the edible garden. Pineapples grow best in aerated, well-drained soils, and you cannot go wrong using raised beds for them. Furthermore, during the winter, you can easily use a hoop cover to protect your raised beds from frost. Do you see how easy planning for an edible garden can be? All you need is the commitment to follow through with the essential requirements. Now’s the time to begin putting down your game plan for the planting season. What could be better than getting healthy foods from tiny seeds planted in your own backyard? That’s a money saver, you...
Common Mistakes That Homeowners Will Make With Their 2021 Garden Upgrades

Common Mistakes That Homeowners Will Make With Their 2021 Garden Upgrades

Garden transformations will be an immensely popular form of home improvement in 2021, and it’s not hard to see why. We are spending more time at home than ever before, which makes the value of the external spaces even greater than ever. Sadly, most people will fall into very common pitfalls. Here are five that you must sidestep to ensure that the very best results are achieved. After all, that’s the least you deserve. Rush The Planning Given the way that life is right now, it’s only natural that you want to see the benefits of your garden upgrade ASAP. However, this cannot be an excuse to overlook the need for strategic planning. You will need to analyze the soil type, know where underground pipes are located, and prioritize the features you want. Only then can you create a fully tailored design that will bring your garden to life and promote years of happiness. Besides, it is the only way to truly manage timeframes and budgets. Go It Alone The process of transforming the backyard is one that can fill you with immense joy. Nonetheless, some jobs are best left to the professionals. Luxury landscape design can incorporate different turfs, paths, flower beds, and water features. Likewise, it allows for complex fire pits, patios, and pools. Allowing a contractor to create and implement the perfect upgrade also ensures that the ideas are perfectly matched to your home. This means maximizing the space and thinking about the impacts of your climate. Perfect. Image Credit – Pixabay CC0 License Overlook Maintenance It’s one thing to create an amazing garden space, but maintaining its health and look is another altogether. Investing in the right gardening tools and care rituals will make life a lot easier. Depending on your location, you may also consider the integration of covers, flood barriers, or irrigation systems. We all enjoy a little gardening. However, you do not want it to feel like you’re taking on a full-time job. After all, you need a chance to actually sit back and enjoy the outside spaces too. Miss Out On Eco-Friendly Steps If you are planning to change your garden for the better, embracing nature is a vital factor. Therefore, making eco-friendly upgrades should be high on the agenda. The obvious step is to start growing fruit and veg in a designated space. To take the progress to a whole new level, though, you should incorporate further steps. Harvesting solar energy, utilizing water, or using natural materials can all have a positive influence. When combined with habitual changes and simply spending more time in the yard, you will see greatness. Keep It Separate From The Property Finally, the garden brings a whole new dimension to the home. However, you will not get to experience the full benefits of this if it is completely separate from the property. Simple ideas like adding sliding doors can connect the backyard to internal living spaces. In turn, you will be left with a far more striking overall appearance and function. Whether you are using the backyard for growing produce, relaxing, or entertaining friends doesn’t matter. When it integrates with the home as a whole, you’ll never stop...
Treating Your Gardening Tools Like Your Best Friends

Treating Your Gardening Tools Like Your Best Friends

Where would a gardener be without her tools? Spending a lot more time in the dirt, that’s for sure. However, rare is the gardener that actually shows those tools the care and attention they deserve. This leads to breakages, repairs, and expensive replacements. Here, we’ll show you how you should be taking much better care of the friends helping you in the garden. Photo Credit – Pixabay License Clean them every time How often do you simply toss your tools into a box or into the shed after you’re done using them? If there’s still dirt, clippings, or grime on them, then it’s going to wear away at them, dulling the blades and increasing the chances of rust. If you want to keep your yard in mint condition for longer, all you have to do is keep some rags and steel wool around to wipe them clean with ease. You don’t need water in most cases and, indeed, it’s best not to use it if possible. Mind where you keep them Garden tools might seem hardy and reliable, but they can degrade, they can rust, and they can become a lot easier to break, which can even make them dangerous. Aside from keeping them in a shed, you should ensure that you have a sealed toolbox or a wall storage area where they can be hung. Then you need to make sure that area is dry and protected from the elements outside. Moisture is the big enemy here, so any signs of damp or mold are also a sign you need to better protect the area. Don’t forget your lawnmower It doesn’t take a lot to keep a lawnmower in good condition, but it doesn’t take a lot for something to gum up the works, either. Make sure that once the lawnmower is turned off after use that you’re wearing work gloves and clearing the blades of any clumps of grass or greenery stuck in them. If you find it’s not cutting well, then this guide on reel mower sharpening can ensure that you’re keeping the blades in good condition, as well. Don’t give up on a lawnmower simply because it’s not working as well as it should. It often doesn’t take long to find out why. A little oil can do a lot of good If you feel like a pair of shears or any other tools are starting to give a little more resistance when you use them, then keeping some lubricating oil nearby can be a great help. However, one oil you should make sure you’re stocked up on regularly is linseed oil. This is good for any tools with wooden handles, cleaning them and preserving them so that they don’t start rotting or degrading. Just be sure to wash the rag you wipe them with so they don’t prove a fire risk. Give your tools the care and attention that they and they’ll take care of you for years to come, too. At the very least, you won’t have to spend money on replacements quite as often as you might...
Preparing Your Garden For A New Season

Preparing Your Garden For A New Season

January is almost over and now is the perfect time to start looking forward to the spring and the new life we will experience this year. Our garden is dormant from November to February, but once the frost goes away and warmer weather starts to blow in, life will grow and bloom and provide us with the most stunning display.  ‘Peppermint’ But what can we do now to get our garden ready for the spring? To allow the garden to bloom and thrive in spring we will want to prepare now: and today we have some helpful tips for you.  Cut or prune trees  The first thing you will want to do during winter is cut down or prune your trees to make them tidier and less wild. You can call a Tree Service who will come and either give your trees a haircut or even chop down a large tree that is taking light away from the rest of the garden. It is important to do this during winter because your tree will be dormant and it won’t already have nests in there from birds. Once you do this your trees will look healthier, and the space where a tree once was has the potential to grow new life.  Consider buying bulbs  Now is the best time for you to go to your local garden centre and start gathering bulbs that you want to plant in your garden. Bulbs from tulips to daffodils and irises can be bought now and planted during February ready for bloom in the spring and summer. If you are looking to create a stunning display this summer in your garden full of colour with plants that will come back year after year, this is what you should be doing today.  Get rid of weeds  Weeds are a pest and somehow they manage to get all over our flower beds as well as between paving slabs on the driveway and more. Winter is a good time to kill these weeds and stop them coming back in the summer and there are some helpful ways to do this. One method for the driveway is to sprinkle salt all over where the weeds grow and this will kill them at the root allowing you to pull them out. In the flowerbeds you can simply pull out the weeds by the root and then consider adding some slate or stone to particularly affected parts of the garden.  Clean the greenhouse  If you have a greenhouse in the back garden it is the time now to clean it thoroughly and get it ready for the summer. A greenhouse is a brilliant feature to have in your garden and you will be able to plant lots of vegetables and fruits and exotics plants you might jot be able to in your climate. Take the time to disinfect the greenhouse, clean all of the windows, and open it up to allow it to air for a few hours. Once your greenhouse is clean and ready for plants you can even sow a few seeds now to get the process...
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