General Garden Maintenance Tips for the Autumn Months

During the autumn months, there are some basic garden care tips that you need to keep in mind. These tips are designed to help you have the most beautiful garden and lawn possible. So grab your garden blower and let’s begin the process. Just keep in mind to never walk on your grass if there is a frost on it.

The first thing you will want to do is remove dead plants from the garden. These are the plants that thrived in the warmer summer months and are now withered on the ground. By removing these plants the overall appearance of your yard will greatly improve. During the removal process, you may also choose to plant new flowers and vegetables in your garden. You should ensure these new additions are freeze resistant and plan on having a covering for them at night.

When you have the garden free from dead plants, you will then need to grab the garden blower and remove all the leaves. This will be something you should do on a weekly basis, as the trees will continue to lose their leaves for a few months. When they are done, you can then put the garden blower away for a few months.

Next, move your grass to remove the buildup that is beneath it. Carefully go in a straight pattern and don’t worry about getting the lawn too short, right now you are preparing to do some seeding and fertilizing that will prove to be important down the road.

When this is done, take a few moments to use a lawn rake to clean up the area. Take your garden blower to it one more time just to ensure there was nothing left behind as well. Then starting from the edge of your lawn, then working backwards fertilize your lawn. As you do this process, be sure you have an even coating across the entire area. When you are done, make sure you do a full watering to ensure that the area remains moist. In about a week, you will want to reseed your entire lawn paying close attention to any bare or yellow patches that might turn up after you have done the fertilizing process.

After you have setup your entire yard and have prepared it for the cooler months, be sure that you follow the next piece of garden care advice. You will need to take your sprinkler system and wrap it well. Any watering that you might need to do in the winter months should be done by hand with a detachable hose. This will help you to prevent freezing and having a sprinkler system that can cause your problems next year.

Something to keep in mind during this entire process is some plants can’t tolerate the cold well. If you are expecting a freeze at anytime, be sure that you cover weaker plants with a warm blanket or plant cover. This way, you keep them looking great for the next season.

General Garden Maintenance – Watering

A successful garden is the result of many factors, one of the most important of which is adequate water. It is essential that you know how much water to give your plants and vegetables, striking a balance that will benefit the entire garden. Early morning watering is best for an established garden. If plants wilt, be sure to check the soil and narrow down the problems before watering.

There are several different ways in which to water a garden, from a watering can to a hose, to a hand sprayer to irrigation hoses and sprinkler systems. No matter which you decide to use, you need to know your plants and how much water they need and tolerate for optimal growth. Over-and under watering can be devastating to your garden, though it is often difficult to tell which one is the problem because they cause the same result: root rot. One such sign of either is wilted leaves.

Transplants and newly sown seeds need to be kept constantly moist for the first few weeks, so water your freshly planted garden lightly every time the surface is dry, or twice a day in hot weather. It’s preferable to water early in the morning, and then in the early evening, following the hottest part of the day.

Seedlings should emerge from the ground in a week or two. If the weather is cool, it may take a bit longer. Transplants take a while to recover once they have been planted. You will know they are doing fine when you see them start to grow, usually within one to two weeks.

Once your garden is established, water in the early morning hours, though, try to avoid sprayers because you don’t want to scorch leaves as the sun warms. Irrigation hoses or watering from below is the best bet and will not only prevent many fungal disease problems, but will also encourage deep roots, which will make your plants more hardy and less likely to suffer when deprived of water.

If a plant starts to wilt, don’t assume that it is drooping because it needs water. Check the soil first. Plants can wilt for a variety of reasons. You may do more harm than good if you water first and then try to narrow down problems later.

Water is the most important factor in a successful garden. It is essential that you know how much water to give your plants and vegetables. Once your garden is established, water in the early morning hours. Do not assume that a plant is drooping because it needs water. Check the soil and narrow down problems before you water.

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Garden Maintenance Tips Throughout The Seasons

Although many of us tend to live inside of our homes and don’t really think about the exteriors, there are going to be times when we must turn our attention in that direction. This is especially true when the snow begins to melt in the spring and it uncovers all of the items that were left in our yard over the past winter. When this happens to you, what can you do to bring your yard back to life and to make it an enjoyable environment, both for your family and for your neighbors? Here are a few tips that can help you to get through this difficulty.

One of the first things that you should consider is the fact that yard care and landscaping should be done in the springtime, just as spring cleaning on the inside of your home is done at that time. You should make it an effort to completely clean up the yard during the springtime, as it will be of benefit to you throughout the summer time when most people tend to be out of doors. Of course, the amount of effort that you put into the spring cleaning on the outside the home is going to differ depending upon the needs of your yard. In some cases, it’s just going to be a matter of tidying up a little bit and picking up some of the items that may have been buried under the snow. In other cases, however, more landscaping is going to be needed to beautify the yard and to make it a haven at your home.

Have you thought about planting a garden this spring? This is also something that can be very beneficial but it is going to take some work on your part. Not only are you going to have to prepare the garden in advance, the garden maintenance is also going to be something that needs to be considered. If you find that it is getting away from you, you do have some options which will help you to get back on track again. In some cases, you can bring in the assistance of family and friends who can generally get a garden in good shape in an afternoon’s time. You may also find it beneficial to hire an outside service who can maintain the garden on a weekly basis. That will help to take some of the pressure off while allowing you to enjoy everything the garden has to offer.

You should also keep in mind that after the spring cleanup has been completed, you are going to need to maintain the area. Set aside time every week to do your yard work, regardless of whether it is mowing the lawn or cleaning up after children and pets. If you take the time to continually work in the yard and to make sure that you are not allowing it to get too out of control, you would be surprised with how much you are able to enjoy the area. It will also help to cut down on the amount of work that is required.