Have you lately felt like your garden is looking past it’s prime? There might be several reasons for this, and some of them might not be as obvious as other. It is important to pick up on these early tell-tale signs in order to keep your garden looking fresh and lush, as yourself keeping content with your backyard. As a general point of interest, you should first and foremost look after the very base of your garden, the lawn and the soil. Without further ado, let’s take a look at a few ways in which you can effectively look after the fundamentals of your garden.
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Dealing with weeds
Weeds generally get a bad wrap, they are seen almost exclusively as pests, something you have to eventually take care of. Much like dust, it is plain expected and almost inevitable, serving no other purpose than to be a mere distraction. This definitely rings true to an extent; weeds compete with your plants for nutrients in the soil, as well as space. With too much competition, your plants will have trouble developing properly and getting the sunlight they need, weeds can often grow a bit higher than some small shrubs, therefore outcompeting them for sunlight. If you find your plants looking a bit on the weak side, consider carefully hand-pulling the weeds in your garden ,while keeping disrupting all your other plant’s roots to a minimum. It might be a bit more time consuming but is definitely worth it. Despite all this, keep in mind that weeds can often prove to be a valuable part of your garden’s ecosystem. They constantly grow and die, recycling and introducing nutrients into the soil through organic matter content. They can often fix nutritional imbalances, improving the soil quality, not to mention that they serve as a food source for microbes and animals. All in all, having some weeds can be very beneficial, but if you cannot bear to have them scattered around your lawn amongst your other plants, then it is still possible to keep a healthy garden without them.
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The lawn: A lush base for your garden
A simple grass lawn is often undervalued for its aesthetic appeal, after all, it’s just grass. What people often seem to forget, is that a well-tended lawn can prove to be the perfect base for the rest of your garden. Grass might not be the hardest thing to grow in the plant kingdom, but if your lawn goes through some tough times it might be hard to restore it to its former glory. If you are not up to the challenge yourself, get yourself interested in some lawn service, essentially, get someone else to do it. However, if you are willing to get stuck in, there are a few things you should know. There is much more to this process than just drowning your lawn in fertiliser, you have to do some preemptive maintenance first. Make sure to level your lawn, fill in depressions and level bumps, they can often lead to buildup of debris and decomposition. Get a pH testing kit and test your lawn, the results could tell be quite telling, leading you in the right direction of what to do next. If you want to find out more, read this comprehensive guide.