If you love gardening but your life is a busy place, you're going to love this batch of great gardening tips that will help you plant, weed and water your garden more quickly. From bringing plants home from the nursery to easier watering and pruning techniques, these tips will help you plant and maintain a gorgeous garden with less effort. Less weeding and more relaxing…now that's great gardening!
Whether you're dealing with wet snow or mucky
soil, a dose of spray lubricant on your shovel will
make the sticky stuff slip right
off. Use a lubricant that contains
silicone or Teflon and recoat
the shovel occasionally.
Keep hungry critters from snacking on
your freshly planted flower bulbs by
staking poultry netting over the bed.
You can either remove the cloth in the
early spring or let plants grow through
the holes and leave it throughout the
Plants like gooseneck loosestrife have underground rhizomes (roots) that can
spread to all corners of your garden before you know it. To keep them corralled,
slice out the bottom of a plastic container with a utility knife.
Push this “collar” into the soil (or drive it down with a mallet) to encircle the plant
and its invasive root system. If the soil has become compacted, cut
around the plant with a spade first. Note: This technique won't contain plants
that spread above ground like strawberries and mint.
Cut a piece of plywood roughly to the shape of your
wheelbarrow's back end and screw a few wood cleats
along the sides to keep it from slipping
off while you
wheel. Now you'll
have both soil and
a potting surface
right at hand
when you take the
wheelbarrow to the
Store plant tags and sticks inside a cheap photo album. You can add details such as when and where
the plants were purchased, special care or even the plant's location on a sketch of your yard.
If you buy potted plants or shrubs, they
may well be root-bound. With nowhere
else to grow, roots form tight circles
inside the pot. As the plant grows, the
tightly wound roots prevent water and
nutrients from reaching the leaves.
Before planting, gently coax these roots
outward with your fingers. If the roots are
very stubborn, make three or four vertical
cuts in the root-ball with a sharp
knife. Once planted, water often to help
the plant get established.
To lighten large pots, fill the pot one-third to one-half full with foam packing
peanuts. They not only make the pot lighter but also provide
space for drainage. Fit a round piece of landscape fabric
between the soil and the foam to keep the materials separate.
You can use a light potting mix that contains plenty of vermiculite
and peat moss to make the pot even lighter. Some packing
peanuts dissolve in water; be sure to test yours before putting
them in the pot.
A rule of thumb for all roses, no matter
where you live: Pruning to keep the center
open lets the sunshine in and keeps out
black spot and other such blights that love
cool, moist, shady places.
Drip food coloring into the
bottom of your rain gauge
the next time you empty it
out. When it showers, the
coloring will reconstitute
and tint the water to make
the gauge easier to read.
The spaces between the rungs of a stepladder are great spots
to transport tender plants. No more messy spills during turns!
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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