Posted on Mar 17, 2010 | Comments 0
Gardening is a fun hobby, and it is also a great form of exercise. If you have a backyard garden that you’d like to spruce up with lovely, colorful flowers, this is a truly rewarding activity.
You will be able to turn a lifeless backyard garden to one that is more livable and fun, where you can enjoy spending more time outdoors with your loved ones, or where you can go for solace.
With thousands of varieties of flowers alone, the possibilities of the things you can do with your backyard garden are limitless.
Here are some things you should remember when sprucing up your backyard garden:
- If it is your first time to work in your backyard garden, it’s best to start in a small area, such as a patch of soil, or the area around a tree. This way, you can test the soil and learn the basics of working in the garden by dedicating yourself to one area at a time, until you get the hang of things.
- Soil is one of the 3 most important aspects when growing plants. The other two are water and sunlight. Healthy soil is crucial to the growth and development of plants, and there is a way to test how healthy the soil is. Simply grab a chunk and rub it in between your two fingers; if it falls apart when touched, it is too sandy. If it is full of chunks or mud, then it has too much clay. You can also buy a soil tester for a very small amount of money at your local garden shop.
- Use mulch for your backyard garden, as this is essential in controlling weeds and preserving moisture in the soil. It doesn’t have to be boring; you can use mulch that comes in different colors to also provide some design elements.
- Choose the right plants and flowers for your backyard garden that work with your climate. Plants that are suitable to your climate are less prone to disease, and will be stronger and healthier. You can easily choose the colors to complement your house, and even make flower beds if you have lots of space. If you need some help figuring out what plants and flowers are ideal for your climate, your local garden shop will be able to help.
- Avoid planting during the hottest hours of the day, or during summer. This will only stress out your plants. It is recommended to do planting and transplanting during cloudy days, or very early in the morning.
- Daily checkups in your backyard garden will give you a head’s up on any potential problems. Pull out any weeds and check for diseases. Don’t worry about starting to see lots of animals such as frogs, butterflies, and caterpillars in your backyard garden. More life only means that the ecosystem in your garden is healthy.
In no time, your backyard garden will be full of life and colorful blooms. It will be a great place to spend some downtime on the weekends, and a great social activity.
Talk to your neighbors on their secrets for managing their backyard garden, or join a local garden club.
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