Keeping your garden beautiful can be hard work so here are our best gardening tips to save you time and money.
Grow what you eat
If you don’t eat a certain vegetable or herb now, you probably won’t eat it even if you grow it. So, don’t get carried away when buying seeds and plants for your garden. You’ll save your time and money by only buying seeds and plants that you and your family will eat.
Start your garden with good soil
Good soil is the foundation of a thriving garden. It is good to work with compost, manure, or dried peat moss for nutrient-rich planting beds. Amended soil is usually lighter, drains well, makes it easy to weed, and allows roots to establish on the ground quickly. At Lawn Troopers, we guide you on the best soil suitable for your region for you to grow healthy plants.
Invest in quality equipment
Spending on quality equipment will be worth it in the long run. When you buy long-lasting equipment, you’ll not need to buy the same gear year after year. Also, you don’t risk having your gardening tools break mid-season. Some of the equipment includes weeders, shears, and pitchforks. This doesn’t mean buying fancy and expensive equipment but identifying equipment that will serve the purpose well and for a long time.
Tend your garden regularly
To keep your garden healthy, you’ve to tend it regularly. If you fail to water your plants properly, they may die or fail to produce much. Bug’s invasion should be treated right away to prevent them from causing any damage. Therefore, ensure that everything is done at the right time to keep your garden full of healthy plants.
Grow a container garden
Growing a container garden saves you money, time, and space. Using containers usually offers you several benefits, such as portability and efficient space utilization. Besides the traditional garden, containers can also be placed in areas like a balcony, deck, driveway, rooftop, porch, or patio.
Plant shade-loving perennials and compact shrubs in appropriately sized containers and place them in other areas, such as along fences or beneath trees. This means you don’t need a traditional garden to grow something like tomatoes and vegetables.
We recommend nourishing your garden and containers with time-release fertilizers that continue feeding your plants for long periods. This way, you won’t have to fertilize your plants frequently.
Mulch is a natural material that protects and feeds the soil, suppresses weeds, and retains moisture. When you apply mulch, watering intervals reduces because of the retained moisture. You can use shredded leaves, grass, tree trimmings, or a combination of them to form your mulch. Apply mulch up to 2-inches deep on your garden beds. We usually install mulch in your garden to ensure it’s doing well across the season.
Watering your garden can increase water bills, but alternatively, you can set up a rain barrel. Setting up a system like a rain barrel to collect rainwater is a great way to water your garden for free. This approach saves your money and ensures your garden is well watered.
Save on seeds
Share seed packets with a friend or save extra seeds for next year. Various seeds are good for two or more seasons.
Preserve what you grow
Gardening can save you money and time if you learn how to preserve what you’re growing. Preserving your produce will get you through the winter months and save you money. Freezing, dehydrating, and canning are great ways to preserve the harvest for future use.
Hopefully, our best gardening tips will help you create a beautiful garden this season. But if you are unsure where to start, consider enlisting us! If you are in need of a professional gardener this spring, feel free to contact us for a quote.