5 Things You Need To Know For The Perfect Garden
Much like everything else, there are do’s and dont’s that every gardener should know. It’s the final details that separate the novice from the professional and let’s face it, we all want to be the latter! So we have done our research and put together a top 4 list of what you should know about your garden…
Know your watering requirements.
Knowing the watering requirements is the key ingredient when it comes to your garden. Water is one of the most important part of growing your own garden. Plants are water sensitive, and in some cases not watering enough is just as bad as watering too much. Finding out the watering requirements for specific plants is not as hard to find as you may think. There are databases such as ……. but these may not be as specific as you might need, the best place to look is on the tag that your plants came with; on the back it will have watering instructions section as well as how to grow and where to plant.
Know what works.
Planting a garden may look simple, but designing a garden is more difficult than it may appear. You should have an overall plan for your garden, what colours you want, the overall size, is there majority sun/shade in the area, etc. The professionals know what plants work well with each other and NO…we don’t just mean what colours work well together. There are certain plants that can chemically change the soil based on the amount of toxins that it produces. This can prevent plant growth in surrounding plants as well as any plants introduced to that particular spot the following year. Professional gardeners also take into consideration the height of plants when determining what to plant where. All plants have different light requirements and planting a large plant beside a much smaller plant may affect the sunlight that the smaller plant may require, affecting the overall growth. Planting similar sized plants together is good practice when planting a garden. Do your homework before you go ahead and plant your gardens.
Know when to fertilize.
There is no doubt that fertilizing certainly makes our gardens look larger, more full, and beautiful. Fertilizer is one of the greatest inventions known to gardening, but if not used responsibly can have a negative effect on the growth of our gardens // In a nutshell fertilizers are made up of 3 nutrients Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K), given the “NPK” balance that is listed on fertilizers. We won’t get into the nitty gritty of them right now, but fertilizer essentially provides nutrients to the plant at an increased rate to promote faster growth, but in due to this fast growth the plants do not develop as quickly and this causes the plants to weaken as they grow, making them more vulnerable to extreme physical elements. The key to fertilizing is finding the balance between growth and heartiness, all plants require different fertilization methods and doses, just be sure to do your research before you start or stop fertilizing.
Know when to trim your bush/prune your plants (aka “dead heading”).
Probably the most crucial part to keeping your plants full and healthy all season: trimming and pruning. We all know very well that when something is trimmed it tends to grow in thicker. This same rule also applies to plants. Although all flowers are different in respect to their blooming cycle. What happens is that the flower itself dies, but will stay attached to the receptacle (the end of the stem). What happens next is what separates the newbies from the professionals. Most people would see the dead flower and just pick it off, but the experienced gardener knows that having the extra stem with no flower will use nutrients that could be better purposed elsewhere, like promoting growth of a new stem with a new flower. Taking these steps will keep your flowers looking healthy and full all summer long.
Know how to prevent weeds in your garden – Ixnay on the eed-way!!
Simple concept, yet difficult to initiate. Weeds are one of those things that can make or break your garden. It can be such a simple organism, but weeds can be a major player in how your garden looks. There are plenty of home remedies and techniques that prevent the growth of weeds, we have put together a few places to start in weed prevention.
Mulch is a great addition to any garden. Not only does it makes your garden look like a million bucks, but mulch also is great for preventing the growth of weeds. When you apply mulch to your garden and overtop weeds, it prevents sunlight from reaching the weeds hence preventing them from growing. Watering! Yes.. watering (or lackthereof, rather) is a great prevention method. When watering your plants, targeting only your plants is critical, as this way the surrounding weeds will not get the water they need to survive, one way to water your plants efficiently without watering the weeds is by using a drip watering system.
Keeping your garden looking healthy and beautiful can be a challenge at times for all of us. But having a beautiful garden is something that is important to all gardeners (professional or not). The main thing to remember is to maintain regularly, whether it’s on a weekly or daily basis. Monitoring your garden is just as valuable as all the tips listed above, knowing the facts about when to water, trim, weed and fertilize are the key to success in the garden.