Garden Maintenance

Proper maintenance is crucial towards having a healthy and beautiful garden. Done correctly (and regularly), maintaining a garden shouldn’t take up your social life or consume entire weekends. To help you along, we’ve compiled four garden maintenance tips that will ensure your garden stays in the pink of health.

1. Watering

Gardens should be watered either early in the mornings or late in the evenings. Otherwise, the water will evaporate from the soil. You shouldn’t have to water your garden more than twice a week as good soil will retain moisture for at least several days– unless you’re living in a desert, in which case, you have a host of other problems to contend with. Also, direct the water evenly over the plants and soil.

2. Lawn/Grass

Manually remove all grass growing inside flower beds as soon as you see any. Otherwise, your flowers and herbs will be fighting for nutrients with one of the hardiest types of plant life around.

Regularly mow your lawn throughout the year except during summers and winters as longer grass protects the soil and roots from extreme heat and cold. Between December and February, keep people from stepping on the grass as the presence of frost will cause grass stems and roots to break under pressure.

On an annual basis, test the pH (acidity) level of the soil. Grass thrives on soils with pH level between 6.0 and 7.0. You can buy commercial solutions or use homemade ones (lime juice and water is a great way to increase pH levels) to adjust the pH level.

3. Prune Branches and Leaves

Pruning branches or shrubs goes beyond safety concerns or visual appeal – it also helps plants and trees to grow evenly and face freezing winters.

4. Flower Beds

Deadheading is not a football term. It’s a term used for pruning dead flowers and leaves. Deadheading ensures plants can focus on producing new flowers instead diverting resources to the dying parts.

After moving your lawn, dry out some of the grass clippings and use them as mulch on flower beds. Spread a couple of inches of mulch evenly on flower beds while taking care not to pile them directly around the base of the plant. Mulch protects the soil from the climate and provides nourishment. You should go easy on the fertilisers as excessive amounts can actually kill flowers.