Author: Lana Hawkins
Maintaining a garden is not rocket science – but it is not a walk in the park either. To keep your natural shrine green and vibrant you need a lot of time and patience, as well as the right information. The trick is to pull together a garden that is low on maintenance and high on beauty and here are some key ways to maintain your picture-perfect outdoor space.
Preserving soil health
First of all, plants love healthy soil. Thus, pay attention to its pH (acidity level). It is a good idea to test your soil pH and test kits can be found at most nurseries. You can then raise the pH level with lime or lower it with compost, manures, leaf litter, mulch or even iron. The recommended pH level of the soil is between 6.0 and 7.2.
Spading and composting
Furthermore, turn the soil over with a spade at least once a month in order to make it loose and light. Harder soils like clay should be treated more frequently, as they become crumbly much faster. What is more, they could use a bit of topping up with an organic compost. Bear in mind that you can take advantage of various DIY composting techniques.
To facilitate healthy soil, you can utilize one final tool – the amazing mulch. It is not only effective in combating weeds, but it also makes soil cool, aids in retaining water and makes your garden aesthetically pleasing. So many great mulch materials are available through your nursery of landscape supplier. Or you can even make mulch yourself by collecting grass clippings from the lawnmower, using leaves or even shredded newspaper.
Water of life
Another thing plants depend on is moisture. It goes without saying that watering should be carried out on a regular basis. In addition, know that it is best to water in the morning because the weather is cooler and less moisture evaporates as a result. Choosing your plant species carefully is also key. Know the moisture needs of your plants and be sure to keep up the water to those that need it.
Problems with Water
There is a wide array of problems that could plague a garden. Some of them may appear out of the blue. For instance, some garden owners are caught off guard by bursting pipes and water leaks. Too much moisture and flooding is not something you need, which is why emergency plumbing services come in handy. I have called Plumbing Heroes and they handled the situation nice and easy.
All for one
You have to ensure there is enough space for plants to grow and thrive. Otherwise, they cannot harness sunlight, nutrients from the ground and moisture. Therefore, reduce competition for these essentials and treat every plant as a small independent organism and understand their own needs. Vegetables, for instance, usually demand direct exposure to sunlight and more regular attention.
Try to locate stubborn weeds and do away with them manually. It can be a real hassle to deal with this nuisance because it tends to creep back in over and over again. When eradicating certain types of weeds such as Japanese Knotweed, you may need some help from the professionals. Even then, weeds cannot be banished forever, but merely kept in check and prevented from taking over.
We all want our garden paradise, but only some of us are ready to roll up our sleeves and make it happen. So don’t sit back and watch your garden deteriorate. Even the smallest of changes can make a big difference and save you a lot of time, money and nerves. The ultimate reward is a pristine green sanctuary where you can spend some quality outdoor time.