Please donate now to pay our monthly server fees:
While this web site is designed to work in all major browsers, we recommend Firefox.
|Seven Gardening By the Yard Tips
by Nicky Pilkington
If you have a tiny yard and would like a simple but
well-maintained garden, you only need two things - determination
and know-how. Here are some tips on how to keep your garden by
the yard looking spruced up and glamorous.
- Deadheading. Keep your border free from wilted flowers and
dried leaves. Deadheading or removing dead flower heads will
encourage the plants to produce more blooms for longer. Many
perennials such as geraniums and dahlias, and some annuals
benefit from having spent blooms removed
- Pinch out tops. Certain plants - especially foliage plants
like Coleus - respond with a spurt of growth when their tops are
pinched out. Pinching out makes the plant much bushier and so
more blooms are produced. Fuchsias are prone to becoming leggy
unless they are pinched out.
- Fertilize lightly. A minimal amount of fertilizer will
further boost the growth of your vegetation. If you water your
yard frequently, you have to fertilize it more regularly because
of nutrient depletion. A fortnightly application of liquid
fertilizer is sometimes more beneficial than granules as it is
more readily absorbed by the leaves. Container plants will be
considerably healthier with a half-strength solution of liquid
fertilizer applied regularly.
- Weed out. This is one of the best ways to preserve the beauty
of your garden by the yard. Remember, weeds compete with your
plants for both nutrients and moisture. If the weeds are not
close to seeding, leave them on the bed to rot down for mulch.
If you must use a weedicide, try and get a wick applicator,
rather than a spray. This will protect you plants from
- Water them well. One good tip when it comes to watering your
garden by the yard is to give it a thorough soaking once a week,
making sure there is no run-off to cause erosion. Deep watering
will encourage the growth of deeper roots that will be able to
withstand dry spells weatherwise
- Say no to chemicals. Chemicals are dangerous to humans and
often kill the natural predators of the pest in your garden, so
avoid them if possible. There are many organic alternatives that
work almost as well.
With these simple tips, your garden by the yard will soon be the
envy of your neighbors.