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10 Tips for Great Gardens

Checklists can be so helpful, allowing one to keep track without having to recall seemingly endless details. Here’s our list of basics to review now and then to help your garden be all it can be and to ensure that you’re in great shape, too.

  1. Select plants that will grow in your climate. Consider your typical seasonal high and low temperatures, and humidity levels.
  2. Buy plants from a reputable source. Garden centers and nurseries with knowledgeable staff can help you make good decisions. Healthy, well-cared for plants transplant more readily and are more likely to thrive.
  3. Choose garden locations thoughtfully. Site sun-loving plants in the sun, shade-loving plants in the shade. Stretching the limits usually results in weak plants that are susceptible to disease. (This is one of those things that most gardeners have to learn first hand. Go ahead, test for yourself.)
  4. Water plants based on need; this varies with type, size and location. And know that too much water can be as problematic as too little.
  5. Provide your plants with complete nutrition; most fertilizers and plant foods fail to do that.  Spray-N-Grow Micronutrients Bill’s Perfect Fertilizer, and Coco-Wet together in a Perfect Blend, provide all the major and minor elements required for plant health.
  6. Keep an eye out for destructive bugs; they can invade practically overnight. There are now a wide variety of organic and environmentally friendly bug killers. Select the one that’s easiest for you to apply and targets the little monsters that are causing problems.
  7. Watch for plant disease. Spray plants with Revitalize at the first sign of wilting, black spots, etc. as diseases spread fast in warm weather. And get a jump on disease prevention with Actinovate.
  8. Get rid of weeds that compete with your plants for sunlight, water and nutrients. Weed free gardens are also just more attractive.
  9. If deer, rabbits, squirrels and other animals choose to feast on your plants use a humane animal repellent to encourage them to go elsewhere.
  10. Gardening is a physical activity; take care of yourself. Wear a hat and gloves. Use sunscreen and watch for stinging insects. Choose natural and organic products to ensure that your yard is a safe place for your family, your pets and all those well cared for plants.
10/22/2013    Garden Design, Gardening Know-How, Starting Out