Expert gardening tips

September 16, 2015

Building and keeping a lovely garden can take a lot of work. But there are a few things you can keep in mind to help make your gardening efforts easier. Here are some expert gardening tips.

Expert gardening tips

Mulch plants more—fertilize less

  • Over-fertilizing your garden with chemical fertilizers can cause excess leaf and stem growth and even burn your plants.
  • Never apply more than the recommended amount of fertilizer.
  • Instead of just relying on fertilizers to make your plants look good, concentrate on proper soil preparation to give your plants a healthy growing foundation.
  • Work in about 5 to 10 centimetres (2 to 4 inches) of compost in the top 20 to 30 centimetres (8 to 12 inches) of soil.
  • This amazing material improves drainage in clay soils and increases water-holding capacity in sandy soils.

Healthy grass is the best weed preventer

  • Lawns that are nutrient-stressed are a breeding ground for weeds, so the best defence is a healthy lawn.
  • Test the soil to see what type and quantity of fertilizer are needed to help your lawn.
  • Proper fertilization improves lawn health, so grass can compete better and crowd out weeds — without a lot of weed killer.

Solve landscape problems with ground covers

  • Ground covers are an easy way to soften rock features and patios or to control erosion on slopes.
  • If the soil's good, kill the existing vegetation and leave it in place on the slope to stabilize the bank and serve as mulch.
  • Then plant through the layer of dead material.
  • Add another layer of shredded bark or other mulch after planting to conserve moisture and reduce weed problems while your ground cover becomes established.

Protect trees with mulch

  • Protect tree roots that are exposed at the surface of your yard.
  • Wounds in tree roots from lawn mowers allow insects and disease to move in.
  • However, you shouldn't just bury exposed roots in soil.
  • Put mulch around the root area instead.
  • A 5 to 10 centimetre (2 to 4 inch) layer of wood chips or shredded bark protects the roots and creates a good growing environment.
  • Planting grass right up to a tree trunk is a common practice, but it's not good for the tree because grass and trees compete for water and nutrients.
  • The tree will be healthier and grow faster if you put a 1 to 1.2 metre (3 to 4 foot) border of mulch around it instead of grass.

Remember these expert gardening tips and you'll have an easier time building up and keeping a lovely garden.

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