Easy Gardening Tips or How to Start Gardening
Finally have a yard to start your own garden? The answer isn’t necessarily to bring a professional gardener.
We’ve gathered some tips and ideas on how to start your own garden and maintain an easy gardening in the future.
Your dream came true and you finally have a yard of your own. Is it all soil and weeds? Is it dry and neglected?
Starting a new garden is not a mission impossible. The easiest way to do so is to call a gardener or a landscape designer to design and build it for you.
But if you want to enjoy the process and not only the outcome, to increase your knowledge about irrigation and plants, and of course, to save money, you can do it by yourself.
Below are a few tips you should keep in mind when starting a garden of your own. Enjoy!
Know your site
Before you begin, take time to really get to know the weather, light, and soil conditions of your site. When plants are paired with their optimal growing conditions, they practically take care of themselves.
Prepare a master plan
Great landscapes for future easy gardening often start with a well thought-out plan. Sketch a simple plan of your property, including structures, existing trees and shrubs, and garden elements. Add outdoor living areas, paths to access those areas, and other elements, such as a swing set or vegetable garden. Don’t hesitate to include areas that you are not ready to install but would like to build in the future. The master plan will be essential in shaping how your landscape will come together in time.
Install an irrigation system
Water is vital to plant health, but watering by hand can be a hassle. You have to drag hoses between gardens, move sprinklers around, or take the time to water each plant. Installing a watering system takes the hassle out of watering:
– You install it once and leave it in place all season long.
– You simply turn on one or a few spigots to water plants, with no hoses or sprinklers to move around.
– Customizable systems save water by watering plants, not paths.
– If you add a timer, your garden will water itself.
Adding a Wi-Fi sprinkler controller it will save you even more water as it factors-in weather conditions and waters only when necessary. By installing a Smart Garden Hub you are actually appointing a manager for your garden that enabling you to control it and receive reports on its performance.
Choose trees and shrubs
Trees and shrubs have a big landscape presence that increases with time. Plant these long-lasting woody plants and enjoy decades of flowers, fragrance, and colorful foliage with minimal annual maintenance.
Discover the best native plants for your region
The beauty of landscaping with native plants is that the plants are most likely accustomed to the weather and soil conditions in your area. Situate the plant in its preferred sun exposure and you’re well on your way to a trouble-free plant that thrives year-after-year.
Install a border
Encircle shrub borders, perennial beds, vegetable gardens, and other planting spaces with a border. This might be as simple as a spaded edge that prevents grass from creeping into the garden. Or use stone or brick to create a lasting border. A defined bed edge plays two important roles in the landscape. It provides a clean finish for the planting area and it prevents grass and weeds from invading into the garden.
Prune your plants
Plants grow—there’s no way around it. Often they expand beyond their intended site. Reign in trees and shrubs by pruning annually. The best time to prune flowering trees and shrubs is just after they bloom. Prune shade trees and evergreen in mid- to late spring.
Compost is super important
Rich in valuable nutrients, compost is a great addition to any garden. Healthy soil yields healthy plants and healthy plants are easy to care for.
In addition to the advantages mentioned in the first paragraph, taking care of your garden is actually an occupational therapy. It supports a lot of healthy habits such as eating nutritiously, exercising, and connecting us with others. If anyone has ever been part of a garden club, you know that it also provides a big social connection. An elevation in mood that comes from being able to physically exert yourself in a garden and then see the nurturing process to completion. It is a very holistic type activity and there are a lot of good things that come from gardening as a practice.
So, are you still here? It’s time to start working on your garden 🙂