Keeping a home garden healthy, vibrant, and green is no easy feat, especially with an evolving climate. In the hustle and bustle of a busy Sydney lifestyle, any residential landscaping can be challenging, requiring time and consistency.
These five simple residential garden maintenance tips can help you sustain a beautiful garden and outdoor space.
1. Keep Your Garden Hydrated
Watering plants is an important part of garden maintenance, keeping them regularly hydrated. This helps flower beds and root systems maintain the necessary moisture for growth and upkeep.
As it’s best to water your garden in the mornings and evenings, we recommend gently watering the roots. This is a substitute for watering plant heads or leaves, which can often lead to mold formation.
If you would like to regulate the amount of moisture in the soil, you can use an irrigation or water control system.
2. Take Care of Your Garden Pots
If your garden has potted plants, you might need to keep an eye out for the condition of the containers as well as the plants they hold.
- Drainage holes are essential for any plant growth. Soil will become waterlogged if there is no drainage, and your plants may die. These holes do not have to be large, but there must be enough for excess water to drain out.
- If you notice salt deposits in the clay pots, you can combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water in a spray bottle to help remedy the issue. After a healthy spray, be sure to allow them to dry before planting anything in the pot.
- With the right time, energy, and care, a pot can grow almost any vegetable, flower, herb, shrub, or small tree. Choose plants that are appropriate for Sydney’s climate and the amount of sun or shade that the pot will receive in your garden.
3. Feed Your Plants from Your Kitchen
Aside from regular watering, there are extra items you can use to “feed” the plants from your kitchen. These items promote healthy growth and development of any floral species.
- Instead of draining the leftover water from boiling vegetables in your kitchen, pour it into your plants. The increased nutrients in this water can help speed up their growth.
- Sprinkle your leftover tea and coffee on the garden grounds once a month. Tea and coffee regulate the PH levels of plants. This prevents the plants from fungus and other unwanted growths, allowing your plants to retain the acidic substance.
4. Deadhead Your Plants
Removing dead flower heads from your plants is known as deadheading. This not only improves the appearance of your plants, but it also aids in their growth.
However, keep in mind that not all flowering plants require deadheading. Some plants only have one flowering season, while others don’t require any deadheading at all.
Some of the flowers that may require deadheading include marigolds, petunias, roses, blanket flowers, and sweet peas. However, before buying a flowering plant, seek professional advice to make sure you give your plant the best shot at life.
5. Weeds Are Not Your Plant’s Best Friends
Weeds do not usually grow in plant beds that are too dense. This means that when you tend to your garden, there shouldn’t be large gaps between plants.
- Remove any weeds that are attacking your garden immediately. To reach the roots, we recommend using a weeding trowel.
- Mulch can be used to keep weed seeds from sprouting too. You can mulch your garden yourself, or you can hire an expert residential landscaping service for professional assistance.
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