How to maintain your garden like a pro

How to Take Care of Your Garden Like a Pro

Your garden is your pride and joy. It’s also a great way to relax and enjoy nature. But a garden requires continuous maintenance to stay healthy, and maintaining it can sometimes be quite the challenge. Here are are some tip to take care your garden like a pro:

 

Getting Started

Do a bit of research on the plants you want to grow. This way, you’ll learn their specific needs (how much sunlight and fertilisers to use) to take care of them better.

Get a journal and take notes in it to keep careful track of what works and what doesn’t. Not only will you have a record of what you grew each year, but you will also be able to track and monitor your progress.

Know your local conditions. Doing this will guide you toward what to plant and how to care for them. You may also want to check out the gardens in your neighbourhood to see what will grow well in your garden.

Planting Tips

Dig a hole at least twice as wide but not deeper than the root ball to give your plants the best start in their new home. Maintain good moisture levels for the first few weeks after planting to help the plant establish its roots.

Use high-quality soil when potting flowers or plants in containers. This is an investment that will help them in thrive.

Help your plants stay healthy by applying about three centimetres of water per week during the growing season.

Perennials are best planted in the fall, but early spring will do as well if you miss out on fall planting. These flowers add various colours and textures to your garden, undoubtedly improving its curb appeal.

Choose the right plant for the right location and give it enough space to grow.

Best Practices for Soil and Mulching

Till the soil and add organic materials such as compost before planting in your new garden: the better the soil quality, the more beautiful your garden or landscape.

Mulches should be applied in the spring to help control the weeds and retain moisture. Organic mulches like pine straw, bark, or compost are excellent options. Mulch is typically applied in layers 5 to 8 centimetres thick.

Keep the mulch at least 7 to 15 centimetres away from the trunks of young trees and shrubs. Keep the mature trees at least 20 to 30 centimetres away from the mulch.

Rake the surface of old mulch to make it look nicer, then add fresh mulch to a depth of 5 to 10 centimetres. Only remove old mulch if it has compacted and is shedding water.

 In wet or poorly drained areas, do not mulch at all.

 Replace or refresh the mulch once every 2-3 years.

Pruning for Beginners

Spring flowering plants should be pruned right after they bloom. On the other hand, you should prune most summer flowering plants later in the winter or early spring before they bloom.

Most fruit trees and berry plants require pruning while they are in their dormant stages.

Most perennial plants must be cut back entirely before or after the growing season.

Choose which branches to keep and remove based on health, shape, growth pattern, and personal preference. As a general rule, you should get rid of any weak, dead, or diseased canes and branches.

Cut all dead growth to the ground in the fall or early spring.

Mowing Tips and Tricks

Mowing in different directions frequently helps prevent ruts. For example, move vertically across the garden this week, then horizontally the following week. It is also crucial to mow on a regular basis. For best results, only remove one-third of the grass height when cutting, and keep your mower blade sharp.

Aerate your garden to promote and improve root growth and help in the absorption of water and fertilizer to the roots. The best time to do this is when it is just starting its active growing cycle, which is late spring for warm-season turfs and early fall for cool-season turfs.

Edge sidewalks, driveways, and bed edges with a stick edger or weed eater to create clean, crisp lines that will enhance the appearance of your landscape.

Make sure you’re wearing proper eye and ear protection.

Wilton Landscape Supplies can help you keep your garden in top shape.  Contact our friendly staff on 4630 9401 for more information.