With spring in the air, it’s high time to get going and prepare our gardens for the coming season. Fresh air, clear skies and ample ideas are all there. All that’s left is a bit of elbow grease for those concepts to come to life. Viewing your garden as a canvas for your creative output is sure to yield some pleasant sights. With that in mind, and as there is no time like today, let’s get started.
1. Spring cleaning
Your home probably got one, so why not your garden as well? View this as aligning the foundation for things to come. Old leaves, perhaps some leftover minor trash, tall grass etc. need to be taken care of. Rake, pick and cut all that stands out and gets in your way. Remember, any organic material that you find can have the potential for composting.
This topic deserves its item on the list, as it’s free, easy and useful. With composting, you are creating your organic fertilizer. In a way, you are creating a full circle. The plants from your garden are being used again by your garden. Such measures are eco-friendly and save you a pretty penny which you can invest in other items.
3. Tools of the trade
Nothing can be done or made without the trusty tools at your side. Pulling out weeds barehand is tedious but can be instantaneous with a good bladed shovel. Some plants need pruning, and the best way is with gardening scissors. Pulling out or breaking by hand can do more harm than good. Tweezers, cutters, shovels, wheelbarrows, de-weeders and much more should be in your standard arsenal as they can make gardening a breeze. A pleasant summer breeze that you will enjoy in your tidy green haven.
All of your plants need water. Some more, some less, some need it more frequently than others. As this becomes a daily chore, it takes up your time and energy. Not to mention all the water that is easily squandered. With reliable and automatic sprinklers systems installed, that all becomes a thing of the past. Your garden will get all the water it needs, and you will have full control over it. The time saved can be put into other, more meaningful items that require your attention.
5. Early spring plants
If you want to get your garden blooming right away, then there are choices specially made for you. Lilies, gladioli, roses, and ranunculi are all good choices to get you started in the March-May period. Even after that, they easily spread and can last for several years. As they come in plenty of colour choices, you can find the ideal ones for your grand design.
6. Colourful redecoration
Speaking of colours, you can also infuse a fresh breath of life into your garden. When you can’t wait for all those flowers to bloom, you can go ahead and paint the surroundings by yourself. Fences are a good start, and it’s a timeless tradition to repaint them every couple of years or so. Then comes the shed, and with some artistic freedom, it can become the centerpiece or a fancy addition to your garden design. Any property remodeling is a worthwhile investment. Always plan with colours as they need to compliment the ones that will bloom from all those pretty flowers that are just budding. Remember, colours can affect our health and emotions, so go for the ones that suit you the most.
7. Pest control
We’ve talked about weeds and similar organic threats to your special green place, but there are also creepy crawlers that can attack and hurt your plants. The easiest thing in the world is to load up on chemicals and spray everything with a thick coat of harmful stuff, but you are doing more harm than good there. Choose eco-friendly, natural pesticides so that you can minimize the damage to your plants and the soil beneath them.
8. Edible Garden
Walking around, and admiring your garden is great, but you can take that to another level. Lettuce, radishes, kale, peas and onions are great low-maintenance plants that can be an easy addition to any garden. With them, you know you are growing organic, and fully natural plants, that you can incorporate into your cooking. Useful and practical, you can also plant aloe vera, and it’s beautiful to the eye. What more can you ask from your garden?
9. Birds and the bees
We all know that talk, only in this case we are referring to something a bit different. Yes, your green palace is for you exclusively, no counterargument can be made there. What you can consider are occasional guests in it. Critters like birds and bees don’t require much from you and can offer plenty in return. Bees pollinate and help your plants while birds can eat insects and well, sing. The chirping of small birds, while you are relaxing and reading a book is straight out of a fairy tale. All that’s needed is a small birdhouse or a mini water fountain. Speaking of water let’s not forget them entirely.
10. Water elements
Last but not least, if you have any fountains, water elements, mini-springs etc. they need a bit of tidying up. Thorough inspection for any dirt, earth, leaves, or blockades, should be done before you turn them on again. Rinse and clean the surface areas from algae or other organic build-ups, because you need to be sure it’s clean before water starts going over. Check your pump and filters as they were off during the last couple of months and once all systems are green, test and get them started.
Embarking on any new journey can seem daunting at first. You may feel overwhelmed by the myriad of items that require your attention, which is completely normal. Bit by bit, step by step, you will be able to see the fruits of your labor manifest before your very eyes. Taking any action is better than none, so make that first step today. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
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