Top 10 Gardening Tips to Save You Time


Top 10 Gardening Tips to Save You Time
  • Posted April 6, 2017
Mulch

1. Mulch It

Add a 3" (8cm) layer of mulch around your plants. Mulch retains moisture in the soil; consequently the plant will require less frequent watering. Another time-saving benefit of mulch is its ability to inhibit weeds, so less time is spent weeding when a garden is mulched.

Plant Choice

2. Choose Plants Wisely

Put the right plant in the right place. When choosing plants for a garden, pay attention to the light and water requirements and whether they are in sync with the location they'll be planted. On the same note, plants located next to each other should have similar water and light requirements. If a garden plan is not considered ahead of planting, then extra time will be required to maintain the plants.

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3. Weed in Micro Bursts

Keep the weeds at bay by weeding small areas regularly, before weeds have the opportunity to become large. Firstly, they'll be easier to pull when they are small. Secondly, they won't be allowed to produce seeds and spread. Give 'em an inch and they'll spread a mile! Also bear in mind; weeding is easiest when the soil is slightly moist.

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4. Tools at Hand

Gather your frequently used tools in one spot, so when there are a few minutes to spare for weeding, a grab-and-go bucket or tub is at the ready. What to include in a grab-and-go bucket: a trowel, a pair of gloves, a kneeling pad, and a pair of pruners.

5. Easily Accessible Water

Make watering as easy as possible by setting up soaker hoses or drip irrigation throughout your flower bed. The hoses can be turned on as needed, rather than hand watering each individual plant. For added time management, the soaker hoses may be set up to run on a schedule through a timer. When container gardening, use self-watering pots whenever possible.

fuss free plants

6. Fuss-Free Plants

Ask questions at your local garden center, or research plants you like before purchasing them. Some plants are specifically bred or selected for sale because they require less maintenance. For example, the flowers may not need to be trimmed when they fade, or the plant may resist heat and drought better than others. Take care not to select a fuss-free plant that spreads too easily, as it will become a problem to control.

Perennial

7. Perennial Payout

Perennial plants come back year after year, so the more perennials you incorporate in the garden, the less annual planting time needed in a garden. Keep in mind the earlier tip about selecting the right perennial for the location, as well as a plant requiring minimal annual maintenance.

8. Feed and Forget It

Either incorporate compost into the soil or add granular time-release fertilizer into the planting hole of annuals. These methods provide nutrients to the plant all season and eliminate the need to fertilize biweekly.

Birdbath

9. Think Outside the Plants

An entire garden does not have to be chock-full of plants across every surface. Perhaps a bird feeder and birdbath, a seating area or an attractive garden art piece to enjoy is a better option than adding more plants.

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10. Containers

Rather than plant a garden in the ground, select plants for containers placed near a doorway and on a patio. Limit yourself to what you can realistically maintain and locate the pots where you will reap the most enjoyment. Choose large containers, because they require less frequent watering than small containers, and pots made with non-porous material, because they dry out less quickly. The previously mentioned tips should be applied when selecting plants for your containers and deciding on fertilizer and watering methods.

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About the Author

Tamara Horne is an ecologist, a knitter, Garden Communicator (GWA) member, and horticulturist at MasterTag – a horticultural printing company.


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