Although gardening needs you to be hardworking, it is actually an enjoyable hobby. It is worthwhile as to think about the bountiful harvest and the blooming flowers resulted from your hard work. No matter how small or big garden you have, some gardening tips will help you to upkeep and to maintain your landscape. These gardening tips will help you save money, energy and time. Here are among of the tips.
- Mulch works magic as it will make your garden from good to great. There are a lot of benefits by using mulch to your garden.
- Mulch will help to prevent weeds, protect the soil from extreme heat and cold, improves the composition of hard soils, and decrease the soil’s chance from getting diseases and viruses.
- According to the Texas A&M university master gardener, Grady Bedinger says that the best way to apply mulch is about 4 inches for twice a year. Mulch materials are mostly from shredded leaves, wood chips and compost.
- Snails and slugs are annoying pests as they tend to eat the tender shoots of your plants and sometimes manage to wipe out the whole row of seedlings in worst infestation scenario. Although you might think that commercial ready-to-use slug pellets are the best way to counter these problems, avoiding such toxic pesticide is the best choice suggested by California’s Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. For change, you can develop your own natural pesticide by making beer trap, which is lethal to the snails and slugs.
- The step is to mix one teaspoon of sugar, half teaspoon of baker’s yeast and two tablespoons of flour in two cups of water. Then, pour this mix into a shallow dish or empty tuna can before burying it in your garden leaving the edges to be leveled with the garden soil. The smell comes from the yeast will attract the snails and slugs, resulting them to fall into the liquid and die from drowning.
- Spades and rakes collect dirt and grime quickly because of the frequent usage in the gardening works. You should clean these tools as the buildups can be hard to be removed and the risk of rust can increased at the same time.
- You don’t have to use especially chemical cleaning products, Sharon Lovejoy as the author of “Trowel and Error” suggests that the best way to clean your gardening tools is by combining equal parts of water, rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Sprinkle or splash the solution onto the dirty gardening tools and then brush the dirt off with a used toothbrush.
- Adding trees and shrubs to your garden can make the landscape more energy efficient by modifying the micro climates in your garden. This will help you to spend less time and resources to manage the yard.
- Pennsylvania State University advises of growing deciduous trees on the eastern side of your garden to block out the early morning sun, or plant trees on the western side for blocking out the afternoon sun. Evergreen trees or shrubs are best to be planted on the northwestern and northern edges of your garden.