Gardening Maintenance Tips

Gardening Maintenance Tips
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    Most people dream of a yard and garden that takes care of itself, but this is just not realistic.

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Whether you have an extensive property with a wide variety of plants or you have a small backyard with grass and a few trees, you will need to do a little maintenance to keep your yard looking great. Therefore, consider these maintenance tips.

Choose the Right Plants

Your first task is to choose the right task. Therefore, you should know your USDA Hardiness Zone. This zone is based on the time of your last frost in the spring and the first frost in the fall as well as how you’re your area gets during the winter.

Each plant has temperature requirements, and if you purchase plants that do not survive in your area, you will be replacing them every year.

You want to focus on garden maintenance Cincinnati, not on replacing your plants and creating a new garden every year.

Learn About Pruning

Most of the perennial plants in your yard will need pruning. For example, every year, you should prune your trees, bushes and vines.

Knowing when and how to prune each plant will ensure they last and do not get diseases. For example, some plants set flowers and fruit on the previous year’s growth, so if you prune in the fall, you may remove the growth they need to flower and fruit.

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Fertilize Properly

Each plant and tree have different fertilization needs. Some plants need fertilization upon planting, while others need to be fertilized right before they flower or fruit.

Some require consistent fertilization every few weeks, while others require one fertilization during a season. Learn when to fertilize your plants, and find out what type of fertilizer they need.

For example, some plants require a lot of nitrogen, while others need more phosphorous or potassium.

Also, when you are fertilizing with compost, make sure it has been well-cured for at least six months. This is especially necessary if you use manure in your compost because the high amount of nitrogen in the compost may burn or may transfer parasites and diseases to your plants, killing them.

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Control Your Weeds

Early in the spring, you should begin weeding your property. Hand weeding is the best option, but you may also do some light hoeing.

Avoid digging too deeply into the soil because this brings weed seeds to the surface, encouraging them to sprout and grow. Mulch can also be used to prevent weeds.

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Deadhead Your Flowers

Annual and perennial flowers have a set process. They bloom, set seeds and die. Removing the flowers encourages the plant to continue flowering until its seeds are set.

If you have gardening maintenance tips or questions, ask a landscape professional for assistance.

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