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Time, Money, and Effort-Saving Gardening Shortcuts

Sep 26

Maintaining a beautiful garden is a lot of labor, but with these great gardening techniques, you can work more efficiently—and put less burden on your wallet.

Vegetables should be planted in plain sight

Vegetables and herbs should be planted near your back or front door. You'll remember to water them because you'll see them frequently. They'll also be close by if you need something for dinner.

Start with healthy soil in your garden

For nutrient-rich planting beds, work in compost, manure, or dried peat moss. The amended soil is lighter, drains better, is easier to weed, and encourages roots to establish themselves faster.

Reduce your lawn's size

Shrinking the size of your lawn is one of the best gardening suggestions that landscapers can provide. You'll be surprised at how much time you'll save on lawn maintenance by simply lowering the amount of grass in your yard. To create eye-catching, maintenance-free island beds in your front and back yards, combine trees, plants, stones, and colorful mulches.

Garden tools should always be close at hand

In your garden, keep an extra set of hand tools and garden twine in a waterproof container. You won't have to hurry to the garage or potting shed for supplies if you see weeds, broken rose canes, or a stem that needs tying up.

In the rain, have fun!

Visiting a garden centre during a cloudburst is the best time of year. Nurseries are less congested, queues are shorter, and employees are more readily available to answer queries. Remove weeds as soon as the rain stops—even clusters of crabgrass and deep-rooted dandelions are easy to pull out of damp soil.

Construct a container garden

Set up a multitiered container garden in a shaded spot if you can't get anything to grow beneath trees or along fences. Shade-loving perennials and compact shrubs should be planted in adequately sized containers, which should be placed on stands of varied heights. Alternatively, plain green pots that blend in with the background and don't compete with the floral display can be used.

Examine your neighbor's garden to see what works

Take notice of unique plants and plant combinations when strolling or driving. Write them down and bring the list with you to the nursery—having an itemized list will help you save time and avoid impulse purchases.

Fertilize more intelligently rather than more forcefully

Use time-release fertilizers to nourish gardens and pots over an extended period of time. You won't have to fertilize as often this way.

Later in the season, prune evergreens

Evergreens like yews and boxwood should be pruned after they've produced the majority of their new growth. As a result, you won't need to prune them until the following year.

Mulch your garden with new mulch

Every year, add new mulch to your gardens. A 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch prevents weeds from developing and helps the soil retain water, reducing the need for weeding and watering.

Tips for growing hostas in the garden

As soon as you notice leaf tips coming through the ground, divide and transplant hostas; because the stems and leaves haven't fully unfurled, cutting the root-ball with a serrated knife will be simple. In their new locations, the planted divisions will leaf out wonderfully. Fully leafed-out hostas can be divided and moved, but you'll likely break off leaves and stems in the process, resulting in ragged-looking plants.

Consider using brightly colored garden equipment

Don't squander any time looking for misplaced garden tools. Purchase trowels, cultivators, forks, and pruners with bright red or orange handles to make them stand out among the foliage. These clever shed storage ideas will also help you arrange your garden tools.

Keep your gardening tools in good working order

Make sure your garden equipment are clean and sharp so they last longer and perform better. To relieve joint stress, use ergonomically designed equipment, kneepads, or kneeling mats—pain-free bodies perform more efficiently in the garden. As a result, gardening might provide you with several health advantages.

Make a list of everything in your garden

Make a running note of freshly additional plants and their places; this will help you remember what you planted where, preventing you from weeding (and replacing) a “good plant” inadvertently. To gather all of your gardening ideas and planting information in one place, save perennial plant tags and keep them near your favorite how-to gardening book.

Make an investment in native flora

Purchase enhanced varieties of natural plants and grasses in your area. They'll grow with minimal attention and are likely to be your garden's most attractive plants.

Once you've dug once, you can plant numerous times

Dig a large, single planting hole instead of many smaller ones for planting tulip or lily bulbs, or when using annuals to edge a border. To avoid overcrowding, make sure it's big enough for all the bulbs or plants.

Prepare yourself

To avoid garden centre runs and long lines on busy gardening days, stock up on gardening materials like garden twine, twist ties, garden gloves, plant supports, plant markers, and compost bags before the start of the season.

Take a stroll through the gardens (in your own back yard)

Every day, walk around your garden and inspect plants for pests and diseases; the sooner you identify a problem, the sooner you can address it, resulting in less labor later.

Allow the plants to do their thing

To fill out borders cheaply, choose plant kinds that rapidly self-seed, such as corydalis, larkspur, and purple coneflower (seen here), or that swiftly naturalize, such as daffodils and daylilies.