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9 Ways Of Improving Your Garden

  • August 23, 2018

Do you have a garden and do not know where to start when it comes to improving its overall appeal? The following nine tips are the answers you have been looking for, the perfect garden makeover secrets that can turn the place in a party space for the summer.

You, however, should always remember that the ‘easy wins’ will offer amazing transformations with the least efforts and costs required. Such options keep you motivated to work on your garden even is what you are doing is a long-term task. Seeing the expected results will spur you on to improve your garden.

1. Give your plants a lift

Crown lifting is the process of removing the lower branches from shrubs and trees will help them look beautiful. It improves their look, making them have a better shape and looking clean. The removal of the branches also helps to improve air circulation and to increase the aeration of plants growing underneath them. When doing crow lifting, remove the branches that are dropping and those that touch the ground pushing them upwards to the right position. Ensure the tools you use to trim the branches are sharp enough so that they make quick clean cuts.

2. Clean your pots

Always clean the pots before you add soil and plant, especially if you are recycling the containers. Take a bucket of warm water and add a bit of detergent and soak the pots, then scrub them using a mildly-bristled brush cleaning from the insides out. Cleaning them will make them look new. As you work on the container, also remember to clean the patio so that the two complement each other. If you do need new pots then check out soothing company – they’ve a great selection.

3. Plant them in Threes

Head on to your local gardening supplies store and buy three of the same plants instead of three different one. The same plants should be of the same species; for instance, you can be bold and buy herbaceous plants such as achilleas and geraniums. Such variety in looks but all from plants belonging to the same family can have a significant impact on how the garden looks. For a visual appeal, plant the three together along the edge of the lawn so that you can achieve a continuous color.

4. Fill empty space in pots with instant color

Much of the compost that goes into recently planted containers will be unused while waiting for the plants to shoot and mature. You can make use of that compost by planting other things such as primroses and violas and still manage to add a pop of color to your pots. You can then remove them and replant them elsewhere since these plants are tough.

5. Make a new flower bed

More yards have some bit of empty spaces where you can dig and add new plants that add to the overall layout and beauty of the garden. You can dig out the section of the lawn using a spade; push it horizontally into the ground using your feet and then tilt is diagonal as you push it upwards to lift up the ground. The cut should be along the length of the section you plan to grow the new plants; this strategy makes it easier to move the piece of turf. Dig the soil to loosen it before you introduce the new plants.

6. Smooth the cracks in your porch

When cleaning the patio, you should be keen to note any cracks because these are where weeds grow. To remove the weeds, use a garden knife for the thin cracks or a pair of rusty secateurs to scrape off the weeds and any moss growing between the cracks. After that, fill up the gaps with a mixture of fine sand and cement (in the ratio of 3:1 respectively) mix with a bit of water. Use a pointing trowel to push the mixture down into the cracks and the smooth out the upper surface using the trowel. Allow the mixture to dry before cleaning the patio and placing your potted plants.

7. Get rid of tired and old plants

Do not show pity to plants that have little to offer, remove all those that have nothing to show for your efforts. Plants that lack vigor will make the garden look drab. Some plants have expiry dates and replacing them with healthy ones ensure there is a continuation in the beauty you seek to achieve in your garden. Moreover, this will make you have little to no remove for the old, flailing plants.

8. Retouch the edges of your lawn

You can cut the edges of the yard to enhance the borders giving them a better and more definite shape. You can use a garden hose or a string to help you maintain straight lines when cutting the edges or to mark out the shapes you wish to maintain when trimming the edges. Use a half-moon edger, but a spade may as well suffice if you do not have the edger. You will then flick the soil using a fork so that you can separate it from the grass to give it that classy finish.

9. Top dress the pots

If you have potted plants that have a developed trunk at the branches and leaves are not close to the soil, scrape away about 5cm of the compost in the pot. You will be removing dead leaves, weeds, and moss. If you are using decorative mulch, routinely replace it with a new butch before watering the plant. If the soil is still wet, then replace the mulch only. Remember that weeds can even grow on your pots hence the need to do routine weeding using a tool such as a garden knife with a thin blade.