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5 Tips on How to Maintain a Garden

A garden is a beautiful and magical place. It creates a space that attracts birds and butterflies, and it is difficult to match the serenity of a garden, especially in an urban setting.

While gardens are pretty magical, they don’t happen by magic. But although they require a lot of work, they are an investment that pays off in many ways. 

You get to enjoy the literal fruits of your labor, and you benefit from being outside working in the sunshine and dirt, which is good for your physical and mental well-being.

If you’re struggling to maintain your garden, here are five tips on how to maintain a garden to make you a more efficient gardener.


Tips on How to Maintain a Garden

5 Tips on How to Maintain a Garden

Make Sure Your Soil is Healthy

A healthy soil is critical to the success on maitaining your garden

Your plants need healthy soil for lush growth. Without the nutrients they require, plants are more susceptible to disease. You can save a lot of time by maintaining good soil.

Healthy soil is critical to the success of your garden because it has the proper nutrients for your plants, drains well, and holds moisture.

If you suspect you have unhealthy soil, you should get it tested. Add organic matter and compost, and don’t use harmful chemicals unless you need to.

Use Mulch to Keep Your Garden Weed Free

When you mulch your garden, it is much easier to control the weeds, and the organic matter will decompose and improve the health of your soil. It will also help conserve water.

There are several types of mulch that you can use. You should avoid any kind of mulch with chemicals in a vegetable garden, but you can use materials such as organic grass clippings, hay, pine needles, and bark.

Depending on the type of mulch you use, you may need to add other soil amendments to maintain a proper pH balance.

The roots of your plants spread, and covering your paths will help protect their roots. As a result, you’ll have healthier plants and won’t have to weed as much.

Regularly Mow Your Lawn

Regular mowing is important in maintaining your garden

Lawns surround many gardens. It’s essential to keep your lawn areas mowed regularly because frequent mowing protects your yard's soil. However, you can also damage your grass if you cut over one-third of its height. 

Keeping the lawn around your garden mowed will protect your garden. A lawn with tall grass and weeds is more likely to harbor pests. 

A riding lawn mower will save you time and energy, and you don’t have to have a massive expanse of lawn to make a riding lawn mower worthwhile. You can benefit from a riding lawn mower if your yard is over a quarter acre.

Add a lawn mower shade canopy to your riding lawn mower to protect yourself from the hot sun. That way, when it is too hot to work in the garden, you can mow your lawn without worrying about harmful UV rays and glare from the sun. Riding lawn mower canopies are easy to install and come in several colors.

Proper Watering of Your Garden and Lawn

Proper garden watering encourages strong root growth and allows plants to dry out during the day. Focus your watering on the roots, where plants need the water, and not on the leaves.

Early morning is the best time for watering because it lets your plants absorb water before it gets hot. Watering at night can promote diseases if the water doesn’t have a chance to dry off the leaves of your plants.

Wet foliage attracts fungi, insects, and other diseases. To save time and conserve water, install a drip irrigation system.

Irrigation systems are simple to install and relatively inexpensive and will usually pay for themselves by reducing your water bill. 

Proper Care of Your Garden Tools

Garden maintenance tips

Every job is easier when you have the right tool and are in good condition. For example, a sharp shovel is a pleasure to work with compared to a rusty, dull shovel.

After you use your tools, take a moment to clean them off. Use linseed oil on the handles to protect the wood, and store them where they are protected from the elements. They will last many more years if you take care of them.

Proper care of your garden tools can also prevent the spread of diseases and bacteria in your garden. If you have problems with any plant diseases, pay particular attention to cleaning your tools and use a disinfectant to ensure that you aren’t spreading plant diseases. 

Wrapping Up Our Guide on How to Maintain a Garden

Set a small coffee table or chair near your garden path, and enjoy nature's gentle sounds while taking a break from your work. Following these tips on how to maintain a garden will save you time, and you can use that time to enjoy your garden. 

About the Author Ann Katelyn

I'm Ann Katelyn, Creator and Chief Author of Sumo Gardener. Since I was a child I've always been fascinated with plants and gardens, and as an adult this has developed into my most loved hobby. I have dedicated most of my life to gardening and started Sumo Gardener as a way to express my knowledge about gardening with the hope of helping other people's gardens thrive.

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