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Top gardening tips

By Kirstine Pedersen

Updated: July 4th, 2018

We're here to help with some easy but effective garden maintenance services tips.

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Keeping a well-maintained garden isn’t as hard as you may think! We’re here to help with some easy but effective garden maintenance services tips.

Man Planting Plant

Whether you’re a well-seasoned pro or a newbie to the world of soil, plants, and pruning,  we’ve got a tip or two to help you.

Get your gardening shears ready, and read on for our top gardening tips:

1. Know your dirt
Identifying your soil type is important if you want anything to grow – even grass. Generally, the standard types are sand, salt or clay. If you’re unsure, ask a neighbour or local nursery.

2. Keep mulching
This isn’t something that should just be done in spring, but year round to make your gardening easier. Mulching keeps the soil temperature stable and nasty weeds at bay. There are plenty of varieties available so it’s down to personal choice.

3. Pruning
Just like delaying getting your car serviced, putting off pruning is not a wise idea. Plants are easier to prune when they’re young and before their branches become too thick. All plants are different though, so double check the required pruning practices at the nursery when buying.

Young tomato

4. Plants
Pick pants that are adaptable to the climate, soil and can survive on how much (or little) sun your garden gets. If you choose the right plants for your garden that are easily manageable, you won’t have to spend a whole lot of time tending to them.

 5. Watering
If you’re starting from scratch with seeds, watering frequently is very important. Your plants should never be left for long without adequate hydration. As they grow, a few decent watering sessions over the week should be sufficient. The best time of day to water is early in the mornings, before the peak of sunshine in the afternoon.

6. Fertilising
It’s crucial to read the label and not put too much fertiliser down at once. It’s also vital to remember that fertiliser and water go hand in hand, so don’t fertilise dry soil. Once you put some fertiliser down, make sure you water a little more regularly.

7. Dirty nails no more!
Scrubbing your fingernails after a long day of gardening can be frustrating, especially if you can’t get all the dirt off after. So before you start your gardening session, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap to ‘seal’ them underneath. You’ll still need to use a nailbrush, but it should be ten times easier to remove the soil.

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