1.By mulching your flowerbeds and trees with three inches of organic material, you will conserve water, add nutrients, and minimize weeds. It gives the flowerbeds a nice and polished appearance.
2.Maintain a healthy soil to minimize the problems that insects can cause your plants. By providing a healthy soil, the plants are stronger and healthier to stand-up to any potential issues the insects may cause.
3.Spray stems, leaves, and buds with a diluted soapy water if they are infested with aphids. Be sure to spray again with clear water.
4.Compost, compost, and more compost. This improves the structure and texture. Also helps with aeration. Compost also stimulates soil fertilization and root development.
5.Choose plants that are well-adapted for your type of soil, temperature range and amount of sun and shade exposure in your yard.
6.The only home improvement that has a potential of a 200% return of your original investment is landscaping your homes yard properly.
7.By planting trees, you increase the value of them as they grow and mature. They also save on energy expenses by providing shade to specific areas of the home during the summer months. Depending on the location of where you place the trees, they can also provide your home with warmth by allowing some sun to shine through the home.
8.If you have a difficult time with getting grass to grow in certain areas of the yard, use an appropriate ground cover to fill in problem spaces and exposed earth. Use your creative ideas and imagination.
9.Vines can provide a nice visual on walls, fences and overhead structures. They also work well for providing shade. Add some color with vines that flower.
10.Growing organic herbs can add to the appearance of your landscape. They are also great for using in your cooking. Herbs have medicinal properties and are used in a wide range of home remedies. They are also easy to grow. A good beginner garden.
11.Avoid piling mulch up against tree trunks to prevent disease and pest infestations.
12.For an organic weed killer that is safe for you and the environment, use full strength white vinegar. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle and spot spray on a sunny day. It really does works.
13.Sweet peas, iris, poinsettia and oleanders are poisonous flowering plants.
14.Select annuals and perennials that are budded but not yet bloom. Their energy for the first few weeks in your garden will be focused on making a larger and stronger plant that has a better developed root system.
15.Succulents withstand dry weather climates and do not require lots of watering.
16.Look for drought resistant plants to conserve water.
17.Water in the early morning hours for less water evaporation.
18.Soaker hoses water the base of the plants and reduce the moisture lost from evaporation.
19.Compost balances acidic and alkaline soils. It also brings the soils pH levels into the optimal range.
20. Make a small garden appear larger by using warm colored plants in the front and cool colored plants towards the back. Red, yellow, and orange plants in your landscape draw the eye in and bring objects closer.