Want a garden that’s easy to care for? Plants that are properly planted in the right place, and watered regularly will be healthy and thrive. Follow good cultural practices to keep plants stress-free and they’ll be much easier to maintain. Check out our top 10 tips to get you started!
Some plants form little clumps and stay put, while others may spread rampantly. Sure, you can always a move a plant later, but that’s just one more thing to do, right?
Know your garden’s soil and light conditions and pick plants that will thrive in those areas. Your soil is the foundation for the garden, so be sure you know what type you have. Here’s some info to determine your soil type and advice on proper amendments needed for the best results in your garden.
Bonus landscaping tip: Plant in odd numbers: 3s, 5s, 7s, etc. so the area looks fuller and more aesthetically appealing to the eye. Odd numbers make a more organic shape than even numbers of plants.
Note: Plant sizes on the tags should be used as a guideline, not a definite. The size of a plant is ultimately determined by placement, weather and soil conditions.
Be sure to mulch 1-1 ½ inches away from the base of the plants. For more info about what kind of mulch you should use, check out Tips…Tricks… Types of Mulch
Another easy way to water is with a soaker hose. Soaker hoses should be placed below the layer of mulch.
If you want to water yourself, use a water wand to extend the reach of your hose nozzle, and soften the flow of water. It’s best to water in the morning and at the base of the plant.
Consider ground cover, rather than grass, particularly if your lawn is patchy.
You’ll save time mowing, and may end up with better results. Patchy lawns typically mean grass is fighting with tree roots or lack of sun. Groundcover is a great alternative to grass.
Black eyed Susan
9. Choose sturdy plants
Always use sturdy, healthy plants and be cautious of fast-spreading and invasive perennials that might be harder to maintain.
Black-eyed Susan is considered an invasive plant because it reseeds. However, you can keep its seeds from sprouting by using a pre-emergent herbicide such as Preen.
10. Keep a Journal or scrapbook with tags
Keep a folder with all your plant tags, and where you’ve put them in your garden. The tags are very useful and will come in handy for future reference.
Write down information about each of the plants in your garden. Establish watering and fertilizing schedules. Keep a calendar with dates for pruning. Regular maintenance of your garden– a little bit at a time – and it will ultimately require less maintenance overall.
All of the above tips came from English Gardens’ free seminar: Low-Maintenance Gardening Tips. To learn more and attend one of our upcoming free seminars, click here to check out the schedule.