Attractive and functional landscaping and gardening adds not only beauty and food to your home and family it can also be great features if or when you decide to sell your home. Everyone loves and appreciates a lovely looking landscaping and garden. In addition, having a garden that produces tasty and nutritional food can be quite rewarding and save you money on groceries.
To create landscaping that is attractive and functional there are some tips that can help such as adding container plants around your patio or doorway. Container plants add beauty to a home and with the many types, sizes and colors of flowers available, the selection is endless. Applying new mulch around your garden, flowers or around your home, adds class and color to everything in its location.
Then, plant some annuals around your home. Try mixing colors of yellow, blue or white and when you plant them, plant several rows around your home, putting smaller plants in front, with taller plants behind them. Another way to add beauty to your home and patio is to prune surrounding trees and shrubs. Getting rid of dead branches and shaping up overgrown trees and shrubs will keep your home looking well maintained and beautiful. Be sure to also replace or remove plants that no longer look good.
Still another tip is to rent or buy a power washer so that you can clean up your driveway or patio. By using a power washer you can make dirty looking areas look brand new.
Gardening can be rewarding and fulfilling; however, it does require hard work, planning, time and effort. To ensure that your garden is productive, there are some tips that will keep your garden growing well such as making a compost. Composting is taking various ingredients from your kitchen, yard or garden and then placing them on the soil you will be using for your garden. Examples of ingredients you can use for a compost are: dead leaves, coffee grinds, orange peels and egg shells. As the fall and winter weather continues, place these ingredients on your garden soil. As the months go by, they will work magic in fertilizing your soil. You can also use compost material around your plants to help ward off disease.
Another gardening tip is to use mulch around your plants. Mulch will hold in water, keep the temperature moderate around your plants, and keep diseases that come from the soil from splashing up on your plants.
It is important to remember that your garden will need to be watered on a regular basis. So, choose a location that has easy access to water. In addition, make sure that your garden has ample sunlight throughout the day. Also, make a diagram of what you want in each row of your garden. Making a diagram will help you decide what plants go where and how much space you will need for each plant. You want to ensure that you have enough room for all of your plants.
About three weeks before planting, add some fertilizer or compost material to your garden soil. This will help your plants retain nutrients and nourishment from water. It is also important to know your “zone” so that you don’t plant your seeds too early. Be sure to read your seed packages, too. The seed packages will tell you the best times to plant and how and where the seeds should be planted. Many gardeners have found good results by planting their plants when it’s cloudy. For garden plants, water them once a week and give them a good soaking so that the roots will be reached. And, when watering your plants water them in the early morning.
In addition, many have found good results in killing weeds with vinegar. White vinegar is preferred by many and it can get rid of your weeds effectively and quickly!
Most importantly, be sure to keep your garden tools clean. If soil is kept on your garden tools, it can kill your plants because of the hidden microbes that reside inside the dirt. So, always clean off your tools after you have used them. Also, look carefully at your plants now and then and look for any signs of disease. When you see any signs of disease or infestation, prune out the bad parts but be careful not to prune out healthy sections.
To conclude, landscaping and gardening can be rewarding and enjoyable; however, to ensure that your landscaping and gardening ideas come to fruition, first draw up a plan, begin a compost, plant when it’s cloudy, water once a week and read your seed packages carefully.