Top 5 Tips on Maintaining Your Garden
Have you been looking for a way to make sure weeds aren’t overtaking your garden, the lawn isn’t always overgrown and you don’t have relentlessly prune shrubs? Well, we are going to tell how your garden can always look fresh by making little changes to the way that you maintain it. You’ll have more time to relax and enjoy your garden simply by altering your gardening habits.
- Just a trim
A little time spent in the garden now, can save you a lot of hassle later. Instead of the annual battle you might be having with you garden, trimming your plants frequently will stop them from growing out of control. Pruning regularly makes for light work because you will only have to nip off the tips of new growth. This is also ideal because you won’t have masses of foliage to clean up afterwards, so you can leave that rack you were about to grab in the garage. Instead, you can just let it land on the ground, where it will turn into mulch.
Tip: If you’re trimming large foliage plants, it’s best not to use shears because they tend to cut leaves in half. The remaining leaf stubs will then brown off, leaving your plant looking a little worse for wear. You’ll get better results if you use secateurs.
- Let it flow
Cleaning your irrigation system at least two times a year will guarantee your plants get a great quality of water and in turn grow better. It eliminates material that has made it past the filter and settled in the lines. Doing this is simple – all you have to do is unscrew the drip or spray outlets, flush the line, then clean the filter.
Tip: To make your own simple irrigation system, connect 20m soaker hoses using a 13mm irrigation connector and ratchet clip. Plug it in, turn upside down and cover with a layer of mulch.
- Weed ’em out
Weeds always seem to be a reoccurring problem during growing season, you should nip the weed problem in the bud by pulling them out immediately. Another way you could get rid of your weeds is by spraying them thoroughly with a specialised weed killer the moment they sprout and before they set seed.
Tip: An area covered with plants is less likely to get weeds than bare patches of soil, so plant groundcovers or even throw down a couple of vegie seeds or seedlings on the bare spot. You may be able to harvest vegetables, too!
- Get the dirt
Mulch is the low-maintenance landscaping saviour. Distribute over the soil after planting, which will prevent weeds from growing and stop the soil from drying out too quickly. It also helps keep the soil cool in summer and insulates the ground in winter – the plants will love you for it!
Tip: Use organic mulch such as lucerne or sugarcane. As it breaks down, it will add nutrients to the soil.
- A clean cut
If you want a healthy, attractive, dense looking lawn you need to mow it high and frequently. Not to mention that this method means a catcher is not necessary because you can let the cuttings add organic matter to your lawn.
Tip: Regularly check your mower blades are sharp to make sure they cut cleanly. Dull blades can shred your grass and cause discolouration at the tips, spoiling the look of your lawn.