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Nothing beats a beautiful garden in one’s backyard and well if you love gardening then you will surely appreciate some tips to achieve that. The following techniques on landscaping will surely have your garden thriving and your equipment safe.
The Plant-in-a-Pot Method For Landscaping
This tip allows you to keep your garden organized. It is a simple one that only requires you to collect different pots similar in size so that one pot can nest in another one. Put your plants inside the pots which are doubled and then you’ll be ready to have them buried in the ground. Once they are matured and you feel like reorganizing or changing them lift the pot that’s on top and place a different one inside the remaining one. With this method, you can experiment with different types of plants. You will have fun trying out different color placements too during different seasons. In case you need to bring your plants inside during colder times the plant-in-a-pot design allows you to do so with ease. That way your plants remain healthy and protected from adverse weather conditions.
Use Of Old Cans to Save Soil
In case what you need to have your plants growing healthy is good drainage then using old cans will surely help. Cans, as well as plant pots, are known to improve aeration and the quality of soil in this method. To achieve place them deep in the soil when you start the planting process.
Do Lawn Edging in a Simpler Way
Lawn edging is important in creating crisp, clear lines between the beds in your garden. An effective way to do this is to lay a 2 by 6 down and hold the board. Make use of your foot in the process. While doing this, drive a spade in a constant direction along the edge of the board. After that keep moving the board in the required manner in order to come up with a straight line.
The Micro Greenhouse
In case you want to start seeds or even cuttings but the process is proving to be a challenge for you to try the micro greenhouse method. You can use 2-liter soda bottles to create greenhouses. Cut off the bottle around the bottom and get rid of the labels. Place each seed into its own cut bottle which will serve as a micro greenhouse. The moment your seeds have sprouted and the cuttings are well rooted, remove them.
Using Cardboard as Seed Tubes
Another simple method of starting your seeds involves the use of toilet paper tubes and those of your paper towels. Cut these into two-inch lengths. You then need to put them in waterproof trays. When this is done you can fill each tube with some soil and go ahead with the planting. Once your seedlings have become mature enough to be moved outdoors to your garden don’t remove them from the cardboard tubes. Instead, plant them when they are still inside ensuring you place each cardboard tube deep under the surface of the soil. This helps to keep the moisture in the roots.
Fertilizing of Dense Plants
To ensure your plants are growing nice and healthy, you need some fertilizer. To use this effectively, you need to make sure the fertilizer gets into the area around its base. Using a PVC 2” long comes in handy. You simply need to slide one of the ends to the base of the plant then pour some of the fertilizer. While pouring, ensure it goes through the pipe. Make sure the pipe you are using is cut properly. 45 degrees is a good angle for this. This makes sure you have an opening big enough to allow the pouring of the fertilizer.
Plant Your Roses in Potato Spuds
If you would like your roses to be arranged in a nice row then, believe it or not, potatoes come in handy. Before you plant your rose cuttings, put the ends into small potatoes. The potatoes will help your cuttings remain moist. They also facilitate the development of roots. It is definitely a tried and tested method that works great.
Plant Hydration the Healthy Way
The roots of your plants can actually rot when water settles around the bottom area of the pots you used. In order to curb this, you can make use of old sponges. Cut them up and place them at that bottom area. Aside from them acting like water reserves, these sponges come in handy in moisture retention and create some much-needed air spaces.
Easy Spreading of Mulch
Using mulch in smaller containers is helpful when your goal is to get the mulch closer to both bushes and flowers. For that reason, you can make use of a wheelbarrow in which you can place buckets or pails filled with mulch. If in the process some of that mulch gets to the wheelbarrow, no need to worry. After all, once you are through with dumping these buckets you can always spread out what remains inside your wheelbarrow.
Greenhouse from Lunch Salad Bar
We often throw out the plastic clamshell containers after enjoying a good salad bar. However, these containers are very useful in gardening. You can reuse them to start your seeds when spring season comes. After using them for your lunch make sure you clean them properly then punch a few tiny holes at the top section of the clean container. The holes will allow for air to flow. The bottom should then be filled with some soil then you can get to planting the seeds. While doing this, ensure you spread the seeds out as is required. Add some water and then remember to keep the lid closed. Keep it in a place where it will receive some sunshine and wait until the seeds start to germinate. This plastic container serves as a greenhouse.
Go-To Coffee Cup Used for Plant Watering
In case you want an easy and effective way of watering your plants, a well-washed go-to coffee cup can do the job. It creates a great watering can because of the size of the hole found in the cup’s lid. It’s perfect for pouring water slowly and makes sure you use just the right amount of water on your plants. It is even more effective on plants like cacti that do not need much water. It is also great for the plants found in your office considering these coffee cups are always readily available. Just remember to clean your coffee cup properly after you have had your coffee before reusing your cup to water them.
Using a Coffee Filter to Stop Dirt
Whenever you water your plants, the water comes into contact with soil and then dirty water rushes out of the bottom of the pots. This can be very frustrating because, on one hand, the beauty of the flowers is undeniable but on the other hand, no one likes dirt. There is however a simple solution to this. A coffee filter will do the job. Just place it at the bottom prior to filling the pot with soil. The filter prevents the dirt from flowing out but at the same time allows free flow of water so your plants do not get waterlogged.
Making a Used Milk Jug a Watering Can
Did you know that instead of purchasing lots of oversized watering cans you can use milk jars instead? That’s right. You can turn old ones into watering cans. It’s actually very simple. Drill some holes in their caps then fill them up with water. After this is done you are all set. You will save some cash but still take very good care of your plants.
Going for the Epsom Salt Fertilizer Hack
Epsom salt has many benefits. While it is used a lot in the home, it is even more useful in the garden. It is rich in magnesium that to a great extent helps in the germination process. Magnesium helps in chlorophyll making and helps the plants absorb nutrients vital to their growth. To use Epsom salt, dilute it with some water. Once you have already done so, apply it like foliar spray. You will notice your plants grow healthier after this.
There’s a Greater Use for Game Pieces You Put Away
In the process of growing flowers, a lot of time is spent in watering, fertilizing and generally ensuring the flowers look as beautiful and healthy as possible. It is however very easy to end up destroying the flowers you have worked so hard on especially when dragging hoses through the yard on which the flowers are planted. A good and simple solution for this is to create a path that you will use when dragging your hose using wickets from your croquet set. In order to ensure the flowers stay safe when you are watering them, make the hose pass through those wickets.
Controlling Climbing Plants Using Some Zip Ties
Climbing plants are great. However, getting them to go up as you require them to can be a bit of a challenge. It is therefore advisable to direct them and this is where zip ties come in handy. In order to give the vines some direction, get some zip ties, fasten them around the vine stalks and make sure you strap them to something that is stable. Make sure you do not tighten them up too much. Remember you want them to move well while they are growing.
Use Some Chimney Flutes To Make Planters
It is easy to make planters. You just need to purchase clay chimney flue liners three feet long at a brick store. After that ensure you cut them in different heights. A saw that’s circular in shape does a great job when it comes to this. You have the option of placing these on a deck or even on a patio. You can also use them to add some accents to your yard. You just need to choose your desired spots and then bury the ends a bit in some soil. To facilitate good drainage add gravel to the liners leaving eight inches around the top. This allowance is for soil. You will notice there is enough room for drainage of water so the liners will not end up cracking in the event of freezing.
Buy a Strong Tarp
When it comes to the landscaping process, a tarp that can last long is of great importance. It comes in handy when you need to move leaves. It also works well when moving weeds, soil as well as the small rocks around. It does so very quickly but also very safely. A tarp can also be used in covering plants and different landscaping materials in case they are being transported or when they just need protection from adverse weather. Invest in a good one. Just ensure you do not leave it outside precisely on your lawn for long otherwise you will end up killing your grass.
A Nice Place to Hide Your Garden Tools
Did you know that aside from a mailbox just housing your mail it could be used as a home for your tools as well? One hidden near your garden is very useful for this reason and the best part is that it does not even cost much. You can easily find these at hardware stores around you. This is something a DIY person would love.
There’s an Easier Way to Plant Vegetables
Planting is not the easiest thing to do so whenever there arises a simpler method of going about it effectively, it only makes sense to jump on the bandwagon. A good way to go about this is to grab a posthole digger. It just takes a few plunges on the ground for you to get that much-desired hole size for crops.
Make a Truck-Bed Storage Container
Pickup tracks really help when it comes to gardening. They haul big gardening or landscaping stuff but the smaller stuff keeps sliding off. If this is something you can relate to there is a solution. Make a simple container using some 2 by 4s tightened using deck screws. These make great compartments that will ensure the small nursery plants remain put the way they should.
A Better Method of Replanting Your Flowers
It usually seems easier to yank new flowers from their individual plastic potting when you want to plant them. However, this could end up damaging them. A better way to go about it, therefore, is to reach for a sharp knife. Use it for cutting down the sides of the pots. This will free the plant but also make sure you do not damage the roots while separating them from their containers.
Using of Mineral Oil and Sand for Preserving and Storing Your Tools
It’s nice to always have your tools nice and clean, ready for work. To ensure they stay in place, use a pot of sand. Grab one and reach for your landscaping tools as well. Stick the tools in the sand. You will surely have them stay upright that way and it will even be easier for you to grab them when you need to use them. Once you are done using them, spray the tools with some mineral oil. Dip them back in the soil. This will make sure your tools do not go dull fast.
Use Citrus-Rind to Start Seed
A great way to start seedlings is using grapefruit, oranges and other rinds from such citrus fruits. You could use them for this purpose by making a hole on them, right at the bottom to allow for drainage. You can then add some damp soil. When they are ready for planting outside you could always plant it all into the ground. The citrus is great for making the soil acidic. Should you decide to use this hack, make sure whatever you are planting is an acid-loving plant.
The Tool Bucket
Aside from a heavy bucket coming in handy in collecting weeds, it can be used for carrying your tools. In case the rain starts to fall, you can always cover the bucket with a lid in order to protect them. You can also use it as a stool. That’s right, you can sit on it when you feel a bit too tired and need to take a rest.