Hi everyone! Now that spring is apparently here it's time to start thinking about your lawn and garden again in order to get that beautiful landscape that we all want!
I’m not an expert gardener by any means and no one has ever accused me of having a green thumb. However, I do try to keep my lawn and garden in decent shape. Over the past few years, these tips have certainly helped me move things in right direction.
Water Your Lawn & Garden Frequently
If you don’t have a sprinkler system invest in a timer. In the heat of the summer, the last thing you need is to forget to water your flowers and lawn. Or, like we once did, go on vacation for a week and come back to an entire dead, yellow lawn. Epic fail.
In our first house, we had three hoses. One for the front, one for the back and one for the side yard. Each hose is attached to a sprinkler and on a timer. Instant sprinkler system! If you’re like me and won’t remember to water your lawn every day then this is absolutely necessary to keep your grass nice and green! The same goes for watering your flowers.
I like to set my timer for early in the morning - say 5am. That way the water has time to soak in and not evaporate in the mid day heat. Also, it's early enough that most people are not going to work yet so you won't soak your neighbor! It's a good idea to avoid watering your lawn, in particular, in the evening. The water won't have time to evaporate off and may cause the rapid grow of fungus.
Know Your Hardiness Zone
Know your USDA Hardiness Zone. This is very important to make sure that any perennials, trees or shrubs that you plant will survive in your area (usually whatever is sold at your local garden center will be appropriate for the locale). In New England, for instance, plants need to be able to survive hot summers and frigid winters. If you live in the South West, you will be focused more on plants that are drought tolerant.
Make a Plan
Before planting anything take a few days to plan. Pay particular attention to the type of sun each area of your yard gets. Plants designated “full sun” will need a minimum of 8 hours sun, where sun/shade plants will do better with just morning sun. I’ve killed many a plant by giving it too much sun so plan, plan, plan!
Reseed & Fertilize
Reseed your lawn and use fertilizer in the spring and fall to keep your grass strong and healthy.
Use The Best Weed Killer - And it's Natural!
Naturally prevent weeds using Corn Gluten Meal. Activate it with water and it’s good to go for 5 or 6 weeks. You can find it at any health food store.
One of my husband's friends swears by this and his lawn is beyond perfect. This is something we will be doing this spring, too. As a bonus, it's natural and safe. I hate the idea of my son rolling around on grass that's covered with chemical weed killers.
When mowing your lawn, only remove to the top third of the grass. Longer grass is stronger grass.
Consider Planting in the Container
If you like to “reorganize” or move your plants around frequently, consider planting them IN their pots. When you move them it will be much less upsetting to the plant and easier for you to move, too!
Use Epsom Salts
Use Epsom salt to water your plants. 1 tablespoon to a gallon of water does the trick. The magnesium creates strong green leaves and large blooms. You will be amazed with this one - it's really an amazing plant nutrient!
Deadhead Flowers Regularly
Deadhead flowers regularly. I recommend putting aside 15 minutes every morning or evening to do this.
What is deadheading? Deadheading is very simple. As the plants fade out of bloom, pinch or cut off the flower stem below the spent flower and just above the first set of full, healthy leaves. The more you keep up with it, the more constant your blooms will be as the plant will know to produce more flowers.
Use the Right Tools for the Job
Finally, invest in the correct tools. Whether it’s a new lawnmower, a rake or even just gloves. Make sure you have the tools to do the job properly!
What tips do you have when it comes to gardening and lawn care? I’d love to hear from you!