If you’re planning a home improvement project, you’re in good company. In fact, homeowners spend more on home improvement projects than home maintenance projects. For every $1 spent on home maintenance, homeowners spend an average of $5 on home improvements. That includes outdoor improvements like a garden space as well.
Gardens are a great addition to any yard. They provide a quiet space to get away from the stresses of the day, as well as healthy food and beauty in the form of flowers. Here are five gardening tips to help improve your yard.
Location, Location, Location
“Out of sight, out of mind” absolutely applies to gardening, so be sure to set up your garden space where you can easily see it each day. Tucking it into an out-of-the-way corner of the yard might seem cozy when it’s fresh in your mind, but it all but guarantees you’ll forget about it in a week. Speaking of location…
Sunlight is Critical
Take some time to figure out how the sun hits your yard before you commit to a garden location. This is especially important to note before choosing your plants, be they flowers or vegetables. If you’re living in a hot, dry climate with a lot of sun hitting your yard, you’ll have to choose different plants than someone in a more temperate, shady area. Most herbs and vegetables will also need at least six hours of full sun in order to be healthy and thrive.
Stay Near Water
Needless to say, water is absolutely essential for a garden to thrive. One of our most helpful gardening tips is for you to make sure your garden hose can reach your new area first—that way you won’t have to lug a watering can back and forth every time the top inch of soil feels dry.
Start With Quality Soil
One of the best investments you can make in your garden is a soil that is well-drained and nutrient-rich. Search around for the best soil mixture in your budget and spend your resources wisely. You’ll have to decide whether you’ll be planting directly in the ground, in a raised bed or in containers first because each of these spaces will require slightly different things to be at their healthiest.
Choose the Right Plants
A lot goes into choosing the right plants for a space. Whether you’re planting a vegetable or flower garden, knowing what’s called your “hardiness zone” will help you choose the best plants for your overall growing conditions. You can help them along further by planting sun-loving plants in full sun and having shaded areas for others.
If there’s a plant you really want in your garden, see if there’s a variant that will grow well in your climate. Pay attention to what the growing plant will need to thrive before you pick it up. Make sure you have enough room for it to spread out if it needs to, something for it to climb if that’s required, and generally good conditions to place it in. Doing this initial research and troubleshooting ups your chances of raising a healthy plant!
Did you know that in 2017, roughly 40% of U.S. homeowners used their outdoor spaces for entertaining? A garden may not be a fire pit or a hot tub, but it is a space where you can gather with friends and family after a long day. You’re far from alone in gardening, too! In spring 2014, the number of people who did gardening within the last 12 months amounted to 113.5 million in the United States.
Taking care of a garden is definitely work, but it’s also deeply rewarding. Use these gardening tips to plan well from the start, stock up on the essential tools and materials and have fun!
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