Locking Down Gardening Maintenance

Knowing everything about your land and the soil that you want to use for your garden spot will be very beneficial to your gardening maintenance. If you know what plants you want in your garden you can check your soil texture to make sure that there is enough nutrients in the soil for that plant. Check also to see if your garden spot will receive enough sunlight to sustain the plants you are planting.

Finding out what the PH in your soil will help you decide if you will need to add fertilizer to your soil. If the soil is poor changes are you will need to add some type of fertilizer. If your soil is to sticks together to much sand may need to be added to help with draining water from the soil and plants.

Having your soil prepared well before you get stated will make your plant maintenance easier. The most work will come once you have started planting. Weeds will become your worse enemy once your plants start growing. If you do not remove the weeds they will soon take over and choke out your plants. Another problem could be insects. The key to avoiding insects is to get a jump on them before they jump on your plants. You can purchase several kinds of pesticides at your local hardware store.

After you have spent many hours in the garden you will be pleased with what happens. All of the wonderful vegetables or flowers which ever you decide to plant will make you very satisfied. A garden and its maintenance is very time consuming but will pay off in the long run. You will need to decide if you are planting only enough food for you and your family or if you will want to plant enough so that you can sell some and make a profit.

Summer Garden Maintenance

Summer is a time to sit out in the garden and enjoy the features that you have created; the beautiful flowers that bloom, the well maintained lawn, the soothing water features. But, there is still some work to be done to keep all these features looking their best. Don’t worry; it’s not too much work. Just enough to protect what you have created form the elements. A very hot and dry spell can do a lot of damage to a garden. Here are some tasks which you may need to carry out:

July jobs:

• Make sure birds have water in dry weather. Birds are very important to the gardener’s environment. It may not always seem so (i.e. when they are raiding your fruits) but they do have their place in the natural order of things.

• Keep young plants and bedding fed and watered. Young, fast growing plants need energy sustenance to achieve their full potential.

• Deadhead flowers as they fade. It is important to make way for new growth, and also for appearances sake. There is nothing worse than having dead flowers on display in your garden.

• Prune shrubs that flower in early summer. This will encourage new growth and will also provide a platform for the new blooms. • Plant your autumn flowering bulbs. Get them in now and water them well. Don’t forget to keep an eye on them during the warm weather to come as you don’t want them to suffer from a lack of water.

• Pinch out runner beans as they reach the top of their canes

• Make plans for someone to water your garden if you go away on holiday. You don’t want to come back to a barren wasteland when you have put so much effort into getting your garden looking great.

August jobs:

• Keep ponds topped up – if you have a water feature in your garden the natural heat during the mid to late summer months will have an effect on the water levels. There will be a lot of evaporation and there may even be other factors involved such as animals drinking from the water feature. Both of these will reduce the water levels beyond what is needed to sustain, not only the appearance, but the effectiveness of the water feature to sustain whatever plant and fish/animal life live in the water feature environment. If possible top up with rainwater as using tap water, which is full of nutrients, can encourage the growth of algae.

• Water plants as they need it – keep an eye on plants and if you notice them wilting or drooping then apply water and watch the life return to them. Don’t overdo it as you can drown some plants.

• Trim hedges – cut back in late summer to prepare for the new growth in the spring.

• Prune back rambling roses, and trim lavender as it fades

• Mow grass less frequently if the weather is hot and dry. If you cut grass too short in this type of weather you may lose it.

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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