Seven Tips For Yard Gardening

Want A Spruced Up Yard Even If You Have A Tiny Space?

small yard maintenanceIf you love the look of a simple, well maintained garden but only have a tiny yard never fear. You only need a little know how and some determination and you can keep your yard looking spruced up and at its best year round. Here are seven tips to help you keep your yard looking great.

1. Deadheading
Deadheading is removing dead flower heads from your plants and borders. by dead heading you will encourage the plants to produce more blooms extending the flowering season for your plant. Many perennials such as geraniums and dahlias benefit from having their spent blooms removed. Keeping your border free of wilted and brown flowers and dead leaves will keep your garden looking much tidier and more appealing.

2. Pinch out the tops of your plants
Certain plants – especially foliage plants like Coleus – respond with a spurt of growth when their tops are pinched out. When you pinch out the tops it will make the plant bushier and when plants are bushier they produce more flowers. Some plants need regular pinching out, fuscias are an excellent example, to stop them from getting leggy.

3. Fertilize lightly
When you water your yard frequently, you potentially wash away the nutrients and deplete your yard of all the 'good things'. If you put on a light amount of fertilizer regularly you will find your plants grow better. A fortnightly application of a quality liquid fertilizer will boost plant growth and flowering. Granules can also work well, but a liquid fertilizer will also be easily absorbed by the leaves. If you have plants growing in a container you may find that they are considerably healthier with a half strength solution of liquid fertilizer applied fortnightly.

4. Weeding Out Your Yard
Nothing detracts from the beauty of your yard like weeds. Weeds compete with your plants for nutrients, sunshine and moisture – they are better off out of your yard than in it. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a big impact in a short amount of time. When you are weeding out your garden, if they are not close to seeding you can use the weeds for mulch and further improve your garden bed soil composition. If you are going to use a weedicide, choose carefully remembering that chemicals are going to impact on your garden. A wick applicator instead of a spray gun may be the kindest option for your garden.

5. Adequate Watering Of Your Yard
One good tip when it comes to watering your garden by the yard is to make sure you soak it thoroughly once a week. Watch out for run-off when you're watering as it can cause erosion in your yard. When you give your plants a good, thorough watering you will encourage your plants to grow deeper roots and the occasional dry spell wont be so damaging to your garden.

6. Avoid Using Chemicals
Chemicals are dangerous to humans, and they don't tend to differentiate between friend and foe in the bug world. All too often, what kills off the pests will kill off those insects which are beneficial to your garden. Avoid chemicals and sprays where at all possible and seek out the organic alternatives. They work very well in most instances and are far kinder to the 'good' bugs.

7. Garden lighting

Adding some subtle garden lights can add charm, extend those warm spring nights and prevent trip hazards in the evenings. It can be relatively easy to place some well positioned garden lights into your garden illuminating paths and showcase your hard work in your yard.

With these simple tips, your yard will soon be the envy of your neighbors and your pride and joy.

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