5 Gardening Tips For Beginners
Spring is in full bloom, and the beautiful flowers and shrubs are the perfect inspiration for gardeners to begin working on their landscapes!
Gardening can be therapeutic and fun – especially if you’ve been doing it a while. However, for first-time gardeners, this can be an intimidating process – one they don’t want to “mess up.”
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to get your landscape off on the right foot. All you’ll need is the right tools, some motivation, and these…
5 Gardening Tips For Beginners
Spray Your Shovel
Here’s a great gardening hack. Before you start digging, pick up that shovel and spray it down with a Teflon or silicone lubricant. This will help the soil fall off easily, making for much faster, less tedious work.
Transportation Made Easy
Heading to the local plant nursery? Make sure to bring some tarp and a small ladder with you. Line the trunk of your car with the tarp, and lay the ladder flat on top. Then, when you come out of the nursery with your new plants, simply set them in the spaces between the rungs of the ladder. This way, you’ll never have to worry about plants falling over and getting your car dirty on the drive home!
Contain Aggressive Plants
If you’re not careful, the root systems of certain aggressive plants can quickly take over your entire garden. This can crowd out the other plants, and prevent them from getting the nutrition they need. To keep these plants reigned in, cut the bottom out of a plastic gardening pot. Then push the pot into the soil, place the plant inside the pot. The gardening pot will help contain the root system, but will still allow it to access the nutrients it needs.
Keep Everything Straight
It can be tricky to keep things like watering times and maintenance requirements straight – especially if you have lots of plants and vegetation. Make it easier by taping the plant tags into the notebook. Write each plant’s maintenance requirements next to its tag, as well as any other useful information. This will help you avoid the dreaded “green thumb.”
Keep Rose Plants Open
When pruning roses, make sure to remove any branches that are crossing over others. This causes rubbing, which can lead to damage and disease. In the end, you want your rose plant’s branches to extend upward to the sky with an open structure (much like a vase).
With work, time, and consistency you too can have the flourishing garden you’ve been wanting.
However, oftentimes our busy schedules can get in the way of our gardening habits. With work, school, hobbies, friends, children and more it’s easy to forget about maintaining your garden.
Thankfully, there’s a way to have a beautiful, flourishing and manicured landscape – all without having to sacrifice your social agenda.
That’s where our Mountain View Landscapes team comes in. Our group of professionals brings over 20 years of experience to create the exact landscape you desire.
With our Total Yard Care Package, we perform seasonally-appropriate pruning to keep your plants looking their best. We can prune to keep plants at the size and shape you want them, and will prune to treat and prevent disease (as well as remove any damaged or unsightly plant material).
This includes fruit tree pruning in the winter and any small conifers, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and more. We will also keep your hedges and shrubs healthy and looking their best!
We also provide weed control services, fertilizer application and leaf clean-up throughout the year.