Wish You Had Green Fingers? Try This
These days, everyone is trying their hand at gardening.
We all want to do our bit to encourage nature and improve the local ecosystem.
Unfortunately, many of us are discovering that gardening isn’t as easy as people make it seem on TV. It takes a lot of know-how to get right. And there are almost infinite things to learn.
If you feel stuck, this post is for you. Here we discuss what you can do to get green fingers and transform your garden into something special.
While it might sound strange, YouTube is now the primary go-to resource for gardeners. Videos cover everything, from dealing with aphids to planting onions. Many resources are totally free and content creators offer tips for practically any climate.
Let Plants Die
While it might sound strange to just give up hope and abandon plants to their deaths, letting them die can actually be a good thing. Ripping them out of the soil and starting again lets you learn from your mistakes so you don’t encounter the same issues in the future. Just make sure that you identify the cause of death, usually poor genes, diseases, animals, pests, or the weather.
Don’t Spend A Fortune
You don’t need to spend a fortune to plant a great garden. In fact, many people have the most amazing yards on a budget. You don’t need the latest tools or machinery to do a good job.
There are several ways to reduce the cost of your gardening hobby. These include:
- Using your friends’ tools
- Using sites to see if there are any free gardening tool sets going locally
- Buying locally-growth plants from garden centres
- Repurposing junk and disposable plastic items for use outside.
Choose The Right Lawn Species
Next, you’ll want to consider the grass species you will use. That’s because grass varieties perform differently depending on the environment. Some are suited for hot weather, while others do better in cooler climates.
Take smooth stalked meadow grass, for instance. It’s extremely hard-wearing and creates an attractive, dense turf. It’s tolerant of both hot and cold weather, making it perfect in highly variable climates.
Regularly Check Your Soil
Many novice gardeners check their plants but they don’t consider what they grow out of. However, in reality, soil is critical. Without it, there can be no plants.
Soil conditions aren’t always perfect. That’s why many gardeners now buy kits to test them, checking for mineral and nutrient content.
Soils differ in character considerably. Some are loose and sandy while others are heavy and claggy. Because of this, some plants thrive in them better than others.
You’ll want to carefully consider which species you use in your garden. Even if plants are native, they may not thrive in your soils.
Lastly, plan ahead. Consider whether you have enough time to maintain your garden. If you don’t, you may wish to simplify your landscaping to save yourself some hassle in the future.