Once you’ve designed and planted your garden, you’ll want to ensure that it continues to look beautiful the whole year around. A little regular maintenance will keep the weeds at bay, and eradicate any other potential problems.
Nurture your pond
If you have a pond you’ll soon discover that it doesn’t take long for it to look unloved and dirty. A pump from Airflow Pump Corp will keep the water moving and prevent most problems of stagnation and algae. Ponds can make a garden look stunning, but they do require constant care. Many homeowners install a water feature to attract birds and other species of wildlife, but if the water is stale, then you won’t be able to tempt exotic animal visitors to your backyard.
The best time to clean a pond is in the autumn, before the winter frosts, if you have fish place them in a holding tank and then drain the water and remove any silt from the base. You should only have to carry out this operation every five years.
How to deal with weeds
Weeds can be the bane of a gardener’s life. Weeding is rarely fun, and can damage your back, also these unwanted plants can easily take over your flower beds if they’re not kept in check. There is a solution, though. If you spread wood chips over your flowerbeds, laying a plastic membrane over the surface of the bed first, your garden will continue to look pretty and you’ll have abolished weeding from your routine. It’s important to cut out holes in the membrane to allow your plants to grow through this surface.
Fill your garden with hardy perennials
Not everyone has the time to invest in gardening. It’s a good idea to stock your flowerbeds with an array of plants that won’t require too much attention and will return to your garden every year. The magazine Better Homes and Gardens suggests spring bulbs followed by daisies, asters, and hibiscus. If you really want to cut down on your labor, a hardy flowering shrub, for example, ceanothus will cover the ground, requires little work and as additional bonus its deep blue flowers look stunning.
Keeping your grass green
Long hot summers aren’t kind to lawns. A feature on the Today show revealed that Americans spend $8.5 billion on products for their lawns. The garden designer P Allen Smith suggests that grass is fertilized in the spring and summer and is allowed to grow a little longer than is usual. Longer blades of grass will reduce the amount of time you spend watering your lawn as these will help put an end to evaporation. Never water your lawn during the heat of the day; you’ll burn your grass, early dawn is the best time for this activity.
You could always decide that lawn maintenance is too much of a chore, rip the whole lot up and create a Japanese style garden with gravel and boxed evergreens. Or you could lay down some decking. As long as you keep your garden clean and ordered, you’ll cherish the time that you’re able to spend in its environment.
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