Gardening Tips For When It Gets Cold

Gardening Tips For When It Gets Cold

Trying to do your gardening when it’s freezing cold outside is not everyone’s idea of fun. However, just because the sun has stopped shining, doesn’t mean your plants can survive and thrive on their own. Here are some helpful gardening tips for when it gets cold to help maintain your beautiful garden. Keep On Top Of Any Weeds Weeds can be a nuisance and can affect the growth of your garden and plants in general. If you’re not going out and pulling up these weeds, you might be harming your plants and flowers for the warmer months when it’s time for them to bloom. So try to keep on top of the weeds as often as you can. Try to do this during the daytime so that you have the available daylight to see all of the weeds in the ground visibly. Protect Water Features Any water feature that you have will need to be protected from frost. Be sure to keep the water running on these features in order for the pipes do not freeze up. You might benefit from getting a Sta-Rite booster pump to keep the water flow at a good constant pressure. Wrap your piping outside the home with insulation to keep them warm. There’s nothing worse than having burst pipes. Give any vulnerable features protection and look for a protective coating that you can apply to certain materials in order to protect them from going rusty in the rain. Build Structures To Protect Sensitive Plants Not every plant or flower is going to be able to last the winter weather, especially as frost can damage the plant and makes it go dormant. So you might want to think about building some protective structures that will take care of the more sensitive plants. There’s plenty of gardening accessories out there to choose from, so pick something that’s going to stop heavy rainfall and snow from weighing down the plants or causing damage. There’s plenty of inspiration online if you’re struggling with ideas. Use Lighting To Add Warmth There is not much you can really do to help keep your plants warm when they’re exposed to the open air. However, certain lights can produce a lot of heat, and so you may find that draping some fairy lights or installing warm lights around certain areas of the garden will be beneficial for keeping the frost off your plants. Lights can also provide your garden with a more inviting feel and so you might find yourself spending more time out there anyway. Maintaining your garden over the winter can be difficult, but it’s certainly worth investing some time into your outdoor space in order to keep it looking presentable. Do what you can to keep your plants safe so that they can be ready to come alive again once the cold weather moves on and the warmer weather comes...
How to Make Gardening Projects Easier

How to Make Gardening Projects Easier

We all go through a phase when we want to get our yard into shape. It’s like the motivation we have for getting into shape. We can see the end result in our mind’s eye, but getting there? Oh, that’s the difficult part, an area where we usually fall short. Part of the problem is that we set our standards too high. We make the process too complicated, with too many components. It’s little wonder that things become too difficult, and projects are often abandoned before they’re realized. So it’s a good idea to make things easier for yourself. We take a look at a few ways how to do this below. Don’t Be Too Ambitious You might want to create the most magical yard space in the neighborhood, but you’ll need to keep in mind that things will be pretty complicated if you do! In general, it’s best to avoid being too ambitious. It’s easy to get lost in the ideas stage and try to come up with some big plans, but things won’t be quite as exciting when you actually get down to business. If things are simple and straightforward, then it’ll be easier to keep things stress-free.  Easy to Care for Plants There’s a whole world of plants out there, and some of them will look truly magical in your yard. But unless you want to keep yourself overly busy just to keep them alive, then it’s probably best that you leave them on the shelf at the gardening store. It’s much easier to care for plants that belong in the climate in which you live. Of course, that’s not to say that you can’t have one or two exotic species throw in there somewhere, but in general, it’s best to have plants that won’t stress you out or take up too much of your time. The Usual Tasks There are some tasks that require some skill and can be enjoyable, and then there are others that just need to be completed. When you think about enjoying a day of work in the garden, it’s unlikely that you imagine yourself mowing the grass, for example. So why not look at making these tasks more straightforward? Instead of cutting the grass yourself, you can hire a lawn mowing service, and let them take care of the job for you. It’ll allow you to concentrate on the more fun aspects of gardening life. Getting Family Involved It might be your gardening project, but do you need to do all of it yourself? If you have a family, then the answer is no. Remember: many hands make light work, so get them involved for some of the laborious parts of the job. As well as making the task easier for you, you’ll also be giving your children some experience of working in the outdoors, which will do them a lot of good. Plus, it’ll make it more fun, too, which is always helpful when you’re trying to power through with a...
Tackling A Huge Garden In Easy Steps

Tackling A Huge Garden In Easy Steps

When you’re lucky enough to have a large expanse in your back garden, it can be an absolute blessing, especially in the summer months. However, staying on top of the care and upkeep can see you spend a lot of money and time to keep it all in ship shape, and this can encourage you to give up on the venture and allow the place to grow wild. Luckily, there are a few generally unheard of top tips that can help you to look after your large garden throughout every month of the year without having to exert mass amounts of energy or having to empty your bank account. So, if your green space is getting a little out of hand and you’d like a few ideas to sort it all out in no time at all, then read on to uncover some of the handiest hacks to make use of today!  Image Source – Pexels  Think Big If you have a big garden, then you have to think big. The largest space you can tackle should be your first port of call, and if this means seeking out landscaping services to lay the best possible foundations for you to work from, then so be it. When you look at your garden after a period of low quality care, there will be several bigger problems that initially jump out at you, whether this is over growing trees blocking out all light, or perhaps even weeds growing across your once lush green grass. Tackling these issues will give you the opportunity to identify any smaller improvements along the way, and speed up the process dramatically too.  Adding A Splash Of Color  Sticking exclusively with plain grass or even paving can make your garden seem like a huge mass of empty space. Putting no effort into the flora and fauna will create a garden that looks like nothing more than a field you might pass on a country drive, ultimately rendering part of the price you paid for your property to be somewhat pointless. Adding life and colour into the mix can change this completely, as planting different flowers not only adds aesthetic value but helps to attract and sustain wildlife too. A simple border of sweet smelling plants of all kinds will instantly improve the look and feel of your garden, and there’s no doubt about the appreciation you will get from all local bees!  Create Defined Sections  It can be tough to make proper use of all of the space that comes with a huge garden, and often this means sections get left behind and see no fun at all. Changing this can help you to stay on top of the upkeep more readily, as investing some time and money into making proper use of your garden with further encourage you to stay on top of its upkeep. You could have a BBQ area, a vegetable patch, a play area for children or a dining table and chairs for any summer meals...
Simple Gardening Tips to Boost Curb Appeal and Speed Up Your Home Sale

Simple Gardening Tips to Boost Curb Appeal and Speed Up Your Home Sale

Talk to any real estate agent, in any market, and they’ll tell you that curb appeal is critical to getting the best offer for your home.  That’s not just anecdotal—there’s data on the importance of curb appeal. According to HomeLight’s Q2 2019 Top Agent Insights report, 94 percent of agents say that curb appeal adds value to the seller’s bottom line.   But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to hire a landscaping firm to completely redo your tired yard. You can achieve great curb appeal at relatively low cost and with a weekend or so of effort—just follow these simple gardening tips.  Mow and edge your lawn It’s amazing the difference a tidy front yard can make. It’s one of the most basic yard care activities there is, and yet so many people either don’t mow often enough, or don’t pay attention to the details, like edging.  Prior to listing your home for sale, and during the entire time that it stays on the MLS, keep your lawn mowed to precision. It will keep your home looking well-kept, while also creating an excellent backdrop for any planting or other details you add.  Choose flowers or greenery with your home’s color in mind When you walk into a nursery, it can be tempting to choose flowers or plants based solely on what appeals to your eye—bright pink zinnias, yellow snapdragons, blue forget-me-nots.  But it’s important to take into account the color of your home, so you don’t inadvertently choose colors that will clash. If your home is pale blue, for example, you probably want to go with purples or pinks, with an occasional blue sprinkled in for effect. You want enough color contrast to be striking, but not so much that it becomes jarring.  Mulch your beds Mulching is one of the best ways to improve curb appeal without much effort. Mulch creates a clear separation between planting beds and your lawn, pulling the yard together and making everything look instantly tidy.  In addition, mulch can lower the amount of maintenance your garden requires, as it will insulate the soil, aid in water retention, and help prevent weeds.   Keep hedges and trees trimmed If your yard contains hedges or trees, make sure to trim them back regularly. While you don’t  want them to look boxy—unless you’re a dedicated gardener with a geometric streak—you do want them to look like they’re under control and tamed. Nothing says neglect like a bush with countless stray branches reaching out to grab you! Add or emphasize your walkway If you’ve got a sidewalk that leads to your door, consider lining it with small solar lights to further define the edges and make the approach to your home more inviting.   If not, laying a simple stepping stone walkway is an excellent way to up your curb appeal.  This is especially true if your home has limited outdoor space, as a well-defined walkway can serve as a focal point that will draw potential buyers’ eyes away from the size of your yard. You can drastically improve your curb appeal with just a few simple steps. So break out those gardening gloves, find those hedge trimmers, and let’s get to...
Bringing amaryllis indoors

Bringing amaryllis indoors

Its time to bring your amaryllis indoors! Well, a few weeks ago was probably the time to bring your amaryllis indoors but it isn’t too late. I’ve been letting my amaryllis grow outside all summer. This has been so easy that I have, in fact, completely forgotten about them. I’ve been so proud of myself for the restraint I’ve shown because there is a little bit of space on my plant shelves… and then I discover yet another plant which I have not brought indoors. I planted my two amaryllis outside near the end of May. I tucked them behind some elephant ears and hibiscus and, truthfully, forgot they were there until I saw some amaryllis indoors at a garden center yesterday. I planted them directly in the soil and let them grow all summer. This is what they look like now: The bulbs themselves look healthy and the leaves aren’t even showing any damage from the frosts we’ve experienced. This is the first time I’ve planted these outdoors so I didn’t really know what to expect. I found that they popped out of the soil pretty easily. The largest had a pretty sizable clump of soil on it that I was able to break away before bringing this amaryllis indoors. I repotted both bulbs in separate containers with fresh potting soil. At this point they will go down to the basement to have some quiet time. I will stop watering them and will wait for the leaves to turn brown and desiccate before cutting them off. The ISU Extension suggests, “place the dormant bulb in a 50 to 55 degree F location for at least 8 to 10 weeks. After the cool requirement has been met, start the growth cycle again by watering the bulb and placing it in a well-lighted, 70 to 75 degree F location.” Since my bulbs have already experienced quite a bit of these cool temperatures outdoors I am writing a note on the calendar to pull these the week of Thanksgiving (approximately five weeks away). I am hoping this will have been enough time to trigger the flowering to come. I think I am in trouble. Leaving these bulbs outside and then bringing my amaryllis indoors was so easy that I am worried I will need more. Here we...
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