The gardening season is almost upon us, and if you're looking to spruce up your garden or create a new one this year, then we have 11 gardening tips that will help make your gardening experience much more pleasant. From the best fertilizer for your soil type to which gardening tools are essential for getting the job done, these gardening tips will be sure to get you started on the right foot!
Tips from The Expert
Followings are the gardening tips from the experts:
1. Choose Your Spot Carefully
If gardening for the first time, it's important to choose your gardening spot carefully. The soil type will greatly affect how easy gardening is and what plants are able to grow there! If gardening in clay soil, a great fertilizer for this type of soil is compost. If the gardening spot has sandy soil, then fertilizers high in nitrogen are recommended to help promote plant growth.
2. Clean Your Tools Regularly
It may seem old fashioned or unnecessary at first glance but cleaning your garden tools regularly will save you time and energy later on when everything is covered in dirt again. Give all of your gardening tools a quick rinse after gardening and then use some dish soap on the scrub brush to remove any stubborn dirt or grime.
3. Clean Your Hands Regularly Too!
If you're gardening with kids, make sure they know that it's important for their health to keep their hands clean - not just when gardening but all day long too. Kids will often put dirty fingers in their mouth, so be sure to teach them how washing hands correctly can help prevent sicknesses like Hepatitis A which are easily transferred from dirty hand contact!
4. Be Sure To Check The Weather Forecasts
It may seem obvious, but being aware of what kind of weather you'll likely have while gardening is a great way to prepare your garden accordingly. If there are going to be heavy storms, it's smart to cover your gardening plants with a tarp so they don't get damaged from the rain.
5. Use Plant Labels For Easier Maintenance
Having trouble remembering which plant is where? Consider using plant labels and markers for easier maintenance. You can make your own or buy them at gardening stores! This will help ensure that you're not accidentally weeding out flowers when trying to weed out weeds.
6. Water Your Plants Regularly and Keep Them Well Fertilized
Keeping your gardening plants well-fertilized by watering them regularly (not too much, but enough) and fertilizing on a regular basis will keep them healthy and growing strong - plus makes gardening more fun! If you find yourself gardening in clay soil where drainage is slow, then using a wetting agent will help make the dirt more workable.
7. Invest in Some Great Gardening Shears
One of the most important gardening tools to have on hand are gardening shears! They're necessary for opening bags or cutting plants down and can be used as an alternative to pruning - just be sure that they match your gardening needs before investing in them. There are several types of scissors available which cater to different purposes like general gardening, weeding, deadheading flowers, etc. Be sure you know what type you need beforehand so you buy accordingly.
8. Gardeners Know The Importance Of A Good Hose
A good hose helps with watering your garden by giving you easy access to water plants from a distance. They're helpful for gardening in clay soil where the drainage is slow because they create an even flow of water which helps with erosion and plant growth. For gardening, it's best to use hoses that are made out of durable materials like plastic or rubberized so you can easily maneuver them around your garden without worrying about any breakages!
9. Choose Plants That are Hardy to Your Area
Choosing plants that will grow well in your area is key when gardening - especially if gardening for the first time! If you live somewhere with dry summers, then try planting drought tolerant varieties while areas with wet winters should invest in winter-hardy species instead. You want to be sure that what you choose will thrive in your gardening area!
10. Use Plastic Hose Reels to Manage Your Garden Hoses Easily
If you're going for a more organized look, consider investing in a plastic hose reel. They come as either stand-alone units or ones with wheels and help make gardening easier by keeping hoses off the ground so they won't become dirty. It's also helpful if you have multiple gardening areas because it'll allow you to move from one place to another without having to take down all of your water hoses!
11. Conservation is Key when Gardening
For those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint, there are many ways that conservation can be implemented into gardening practices. One way would be through rain collection systems - these are especially helpful in gardening areas which are prone to long periods of drought.
I hope you’ve found these gardening tips and tricks useful, but if not, feel free to reach out to me for any additional questions. I am here to help! With all of the expertise in my tool belt from working with gardens for over 20 years, there is no question too small or complex that I can't answer.
Now go get your hands dirty and make this garden season one of the best yet!