How to – Gardening
If there’s one thing Mom Entrepreneurs are short of, it’s time. When all your attention is focused on being a great Mom while building a booming business, something’s got to give… and sometimes that something is your garden. Or your home and garden in my case.
The way I see it, we’ve got 2 choices: Outsource or Upskill. If you don’t have the money to hire a gardener or gardening service, if it’s up to you, you’ll be looking for the simplest, quickest way to get your garden looking beautiful. Here they are.
How to Easily Have a Beautiful Garden
Guest Post submitted by Annie of Synthetic Lawns of Florida
Do you want to enjoy a beautiful garden at the end of your busy day, but don’t have a tremendous amount of time to dedicate to your backyard? The great thing is you can use the tips in this blog post to have a gorgeous garden without having to tend to it every single day. And you can spread these gardening projects out over a few weekends. You definitely don’t need to do all of this at once. However, once it’s all done, your garden will be a lot easier to maintain.
Keep Weeds at Bay Without Weeding
You may think that in order to have a fabulous garden that you need to pull up all of the weeds that pop up on the weekend. The truth is you don’t have to if you install a weed barrier. There are many options to choose from and all of them look great. Here are a few to consider:
- River stones
All of these materials come in a variety of colours and will suppress the growth of weeds in your garden. Simply install a thick layer of mulch, river stones, or gravel directly on your garden bed under your plants.
Water Your Garden the Smart Way
You may think that you need to water your flowering plants every day for them to thrive, but that’s simply not the case if you water your garden efficiently. Try the following tips to keep your plants happy and your schedule free:
- Water in the early morning: Try to water your garden as early in the morning as possible. This allows your plants to take in more water because less water will be evaporated as the hot afternoon sun won’t be bearing down on your garden.
- Water deeply: Your plants don’t want a short watering. Take the time to water your plants deeply and you won’t need to water them every day. If you have hanging flower baskets water them until the water flows out of the bottom. If you have flowers planted in the ground, then water each of them generously a few times.
- Mulch under your plants – You can reduce the number of times you need to water your garden be installing mulch under your plants as it holds water and helps keep your plants from drying out.
You can start using the first two tips today without ever buying mulch. Just remember that most plants respond much better to being watered at their base. If you water them from the top, they may end up getting burnt by the sun, or they may become more prone to disease.
Plant Native Plants and Succulents
Native plants and succulents are just as lovely as exotic plants and non-native plants, but they require a lot less watering on your part. In most cases, native plants and succulents can survive on the average rainfall in your area once they’re established.
It’s easy to get your hands on these kinds of flowers. Simply go to your local plant nursery and ask them to direct you to their selection of native flowering perennials, shrubs, and trees. Take a look at the list of flowering succulents below:
- Christmas cactus
- Desert rose
- Orchid cactus
- Crown of thorns
If you want to make a striking presentation with your hanging flower baskets include a variety of contrasting coloured flowers. This will really make the basket pop and you’ll have something beautiful to behold when you’re relaxing in your backyard.
In addition to that, try to remember the thriller, spiller and filler rule for hanging baskets. Pick one plant that thrills you, one plant that will spill over the sides of the hanging basket, and a few pretty plants to fill in the hanging basket.
Use Hardscaping for Less Maintenance
A garden with grass and beautiful flowers is lovely, but if it’s too much work, you might consider adding some hardscaping to your yard too. Not only does it reduce the amount of maintenance that you have to stay on top of, but it can give you a lovely outdoor living space too.
You can create a patio or deck and look at awnings and other options for creating shade for a nice place to sit. You could put in paving too, creating a path through your garden.
Using hardscaping doesn’t necessarily mean that you should cut back on plants. You can still use pots, planters, hanging baskets, and more. They might even be easier to maintain because you can move them around to make sure they get enough water and sunlight. You can replant them if needed and even bring them indoors if it’s too cold. You can select the best soil to grow them in and have a little more control over their growing conditions compared to if they were planted in your garden.
Replace Your Lawn with Artificial Grass
Maintaining the grass in your backyard is very time-consuming, not to mention very costly. It needs to be mowed, weeded, watered and fertilized on a weekly basis just to look good.
You can save yourself from having to do all of that yard work simply by switching over to artificial grass.
- It needs no watering, weeding, fertilization, or mowing of any kind.
- If you pay someone to maintain your lawn you won’t have that expense anymore.
- Synthetic grass is a safe and comfortable surface for children to play on.
- It’s also great for dogs as well since you won’t have to worry about coming home to urine burn spots on your grass.
It’s like having a natural grass lawn without any of the hassles associated with it.
Your local synthetic grass installation company can provide you with more information on this product.
This blog post was written by Annie at:
Synthetic Lawns of Florida
2571 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Ready to get your garden looking beautiful the easy way? Or is it just my home and garden that’s going to wrack and ruin?