How to Keep Your Garden Looking Neat and Tidy5 min read
Your garden is the most fundamental part of your home. It speaks to the kind of person you are, and that’s why it’s important to have a tidy garden. Not only does it paint a good picture of who you’re but also creates an aesthetic feeling to visitors.
Either way, cleaning your garden is therapeutic, making it a relaxing chore. However, keeping your garden neat and tidy is not always a walk in the park. It needs dedication and discipline to do it. If you have a hard time keeping your garden neat, below are tips and hacks that will make your yard tidy and give it that regal touch effortlessly.
Clean and Rake Trash and Debris
A messy littered garden is a disaster and can be home to crawling dangerous insects. If your garden is littered, this should be the first thing you should do. Fallen leaves are a hindrance, so that’s why you should rake them or use a leaf blower.
A littered garden translates to a nutrient-filled garden. Dry leaves can act as mulch for your crops, providing nutrients to your soil which is vital for plant growth. So, while you rake leaves off your yard, make sure you mulch around your plants.
Always Clean your Tools and Organize your Shed
Cleaning your tools has an indirect positive impact on your gardening. Carelessly handling your tools can be discouraging when you need to get your garden clean. Apart from just cleaning your farming equipment, ensure you clean your tool shed and arrange your tools neatly. You don’t want to waste time finding a rake when you need it to clean your garden for the following day’s open day.
Arranging tools not only saves time but also reduces the chances of accidents happening in your tool shed.
Weeds are horrendous when it comes to farming. Apart from being a menace to your plants, weeds also grow aimlessly and make your garden look unattractive. However, some weeds are right for your garden; for instance, chickweed growing in your garden can indicate excess potassium in your soil or low calcium levels. It helps in discerning on the right options of fertilizer to balance your soil.
Some weeds can also be cooked and used as food. So, it is vital to do thorough research on what weeds to exterminate, too.
Do Some Outdoor Housekeeping
While cleaning your garden, don’t forget your patio and deck. An unmaintained deck and patio can be a buzzkill to your visitors. That’s why it’s necessary to consider your deck or patio while cleaning your garden.
Cleaning your deck and patio involves painting, repairing broken handles. Using the right deck stain for your floor can produce spectacular results. In the long run, a beautiful and tidy garden is useless when the front deck adjacent to your garden is ugly and unmaintained.
While raking the leaves and debris, it’s wise to create a compost heap. Not only will it support cleaning but also act as manure for your plants. Some of the artificial fertilizers, can be corrosive to the soil, however having your organic fertilizers prevents this and also cuts cost.
When creating a compost heap, make sure you maximize it, don’t let it overstay for long and turn it regularly. Need to use those dry leaves and debris? Then save yourself the cost and create a compost heap in your garden.
Do Some Research
Before commencing with the cleaning, make sure you have done thorough research on what weeds to prune off or how to go about it. Some weeds are beneficial to your plants while others are harmful; that’s why knowing what to weed and what to leave is vital for your garden.
Apart from just researching on what to prune and what not to, assessing your garden before cleaning is very necessary. Knowing what to clear off and what to approach first is essential. For instance, it might be wise to clean your deck before going heads on with cleaning your garden if you have some plants placed on your deck.
Researching is not just crucial in knowing what to weed or how to approach your gardening; it also lets you decide on areas you might need help with.
Clean and Pave Ways
A well-tidied garden can look even more appealing when the pavement through it is clean. Clean your garden pavement and add some touch of art on it. Planting flowers on the garden walk can be a genius idea, trimming the walk’s edges is also transforming to the garden.
Littered garden pavements are not a pleasant sight and end up being a problem when it rains. So, while tidying up your garden, make sure you prioritize the garden pavement.
Plan your Gardening
A neat garden revolves around how well you structure it. Planting different flowers in the same place is not aesthetic, as having yellow flowers in one area and red flowers in another area of your garden is also a good planting practice. Also, while planning your garden plant your crops in a manner that’ll be easy for you to keep an eye on them. Planting them that way helps you monitor the progress of a variety as a whole.
Planning what to plant in your garden also helps in making it look neat. Choosing what colors of flowers complement the landscape creates a huge difference too.
Trim Edges and Trees
Trimming your garden edges is a very important, albeit, tedious job. However, through continuous practice, you’ll end up managing them well. Cutting your edges gives your garden a perfect look. Another way of reducing the hassle on trimming your edges is by using edging materials like stones.
Trimming and thinning tree branches is vital in reducing leaf litter in your garden. It also helps in letting sunlight pass through your yard which is essential for your plants to grow.
Conclusively a neat and tidy garden adds a smile on the face of your neighbors, your visitors, and you. So, use the above tips to keep that garden looking neat anytime.
Resources: The Spruce, Fine Gardening, Homes to Love