*Please enjoy this guest post about gardening maintenance tips for beginners!
If you are just starting out in gardening it can be hard to know where to start. There are so many things to do and take care of. Planting and decorating your garden is just the beginning.
It is just as important to maintain it and this is where the problems start because not a lot of beginners know how to maintain their gardens properly. We’ve gathered some gardening maintenance tips for beginners to help improve your space.
Look for Decking Maintenance
If you have decking in your garden then, you probably know that it is expensive to replace, so you will want it to last as long as possible. When decking is not cared for properly, the wood can rot, change color and moss can even grow on it. To prevent this from happening you’ll want to make sure you’re take care of your decking with regular maintenance.
One of the ways you can take care of it is by cleaning it regularly. To save yourself the hassle, see if it’s a job a professional deck treatment company can do for you. The website atkinsdeck.com offers a lot of information about the benefits of maintaining your decking. You can also purchase a decent power washer if you’re a “DIY’er.”
Storing Lawn Tools and Equipment
Having the proper tools can play a big part in maintaining your garden so it is important to get it right. There are many different tools out there you can get to help you improve your garden but, since you are a beginner you should start with the basics like gloves, shovels, watering cans and lawn mowers.
Once you have gotten a bit more comfortable with gardening, you can start to invest in other tools to help you out. Of course, once you have the right tools, it is also important to take good care of them. When you clean them and store them carefully, they will work well for you each time you use them. Whether you store them on a wall mounted holder, in a storage shed in your yard, or on the garage shelf, your tools can last you a lifetime if you take good care of them.
Read How-To Guides
Another tip to consider is to read some guides. You’ve already started your journey with this piece. Learn from others and avoid some of the pitfalls of having to re-plant, buy a new part, or even start over with your garden. There are loads of “how-tos” online or books that will teach you everything you need to know about gardening. If you have a specific goal in mind, look for the corresponding guide to help you cover the basics.
Watering Your Plants
Essential but often forgotten when it comes to maintaining your garden is watering the plants. As busy as we all are, forgetting to water the plants is easy. One thing that helps is to purchase plants that don’t require as much water. This is a great option for those who might not be able to fully commit to garden maintenance.
Display your plants in the right lighting to ensure they thrive and live longer. You also want to make sure that water is easily accessible, which will make watering easier for you. Fresh water helps the plants get the right nutrients in the soil they are in and more. Look for a flexible and less likely to tangle water hose so you can reach as many places in your yard as you can.
If you have a sprinkler system make sure you check the sprinkler heads regularly to make sure they are hitting the spots you want to water. Know your local municipality and HOA rules for watering days and limitations. Additionally, know how much (or little) your plants and grass need at different time of the year so you don’t over or under water, which can lead to plant disease or shock.
Weeds are a pain for most gardeners. They grow all over your yard and can make an otherwise well landscaped yard appear unkempt. You might think plucking weeds out is a good idea but they still grow back. The next option is weed killer. The problem with weed killer is it will not only kill your weeds, but can kill grasses and other plants too.
Make sure you are targeting the right areas in your yard and purchase weed chemicals that specifically accomplish what you are after. Try to find ones that won’t damage your other plants and the chemicals aren’t doing damage elsewhere. You should even have a look at how to kill yard weeds naturally.
Keep These Tips in Mind
It is a lot easier to maintain your garden than what you may have originally thought. Keep this information in mind and use it as a guide to help you if you are just starting out. These gardening maintenance tips can keep garden maintenance from becoming massive task. It is easy even for novices to take on!