50 Garden Maintenance Tricks That Really Works

Here are some interesting garden maintenance tips that you should never neglect. How does a garden or terrace look like with beautiful plants and flowers!

Do you dare to be considered “a gardener”?

We indicate some  simple tips , basic but very important both for your garden and for the pots of your home or terrace, so you have plants always “very alive” and with excellent color.

Keep in mind that a healthy plant is a plant that will have less risk of catching pests .

Irrigation in Garden Maintenance

    • When irrigating the water, it should be at least 15 cm deep in the soil, since the superficial irrigations make the roots very shallow.
    • The best time is either early in the morning or at nightfall.
    • To know if you have to water or not your potted plants, put your finger in the ground and check if it is wet.
  • Remember that with watering it is always better to stay short than to go. The excess has no remedy.
    • Home fertilizers for garden maintenance
    • Wood ash and coffee grounds are fertilizers for plants.
    • If you have the space do not hesitate to make your own compost. Add all the biodegradable waste to a composter.
    • Terraces
    • sunny balcony will be suitable for growing geraniums, petunias, roses, zinnias, bougainvillea, hibiscus, dragon mouth, etc.
    • Most vegetables and herbs also prefer sunlight.
    • A balcony facing north is for fuchsias, hydrangeas, begonias, anemones, primroses, cyclamen, joys of the house, thoughts, hostas, etc. These plants grow well in the shade or in places moderately exposed to the sun.
    • Beware of cold winds or hot and dry winds that wither. Protect the terrace.
    • Pots
    • If you do not like the new look and without patina that have the pots, you can make them seemingly load of years painting them with natural yogurt. You will see how the outer walls of the pots are covered in moss and algae in a short time. It is good for clay pots, stone, concrete …
    • If you did not change the potting soil in the last two years, replace the first few centimeters of the substrate with a new one. But the ideal thing is to change it to another slightly larger pot with fresh and rich substrate.
    • Do not forget to deposit a layer of gravel, expanded clay, etc. in the background.
    • If you have pots in the window, put a layer of gravel on the ground so that the rain does not splash the glass.
    • Oxygenate the lawn
    • There are boots or soles with nails to prick the ground and oxygenate the lawn. Instead of buying them, take some old espadrilles and nail some nails. To prevent the head of the nails from bothering you, place a plastic or wooden template inside.
    • The care of the hedge
    • It is prudent to cut the roots of fast-growing hedges, for example, Aligustre, so that it grows less. At about 30-40 cm from the hedge, the roots are cut to a depth of one and a half shovels, digging a trench. To solve the ‘problem of competition’ you can bury tarred paper or a strip of plastic, hindering the horizontal passage of the roots. It is necessary to pay the hedge at least once per growing season.
    • Cactus 
    • Plant them with other plants of similar characteristics and in shallow pots. Spread liquid fertilizer once every two you water.
    • Bulbs
    • The bulbs and tubers of summer look great in pots and planters.
    • Plant the bulbs in pots a little closer together than when you put them on the ground.
    • In pots you can plant bulbs “in flats”. First the bulbs of later flowering, and on them those that bloom before.
    • Bulb pots should not have clogged drain holes, since they do not like to have ‘wet feet’ at all.
    • Forced bulbs
    • If we want the spring bulbs to bloom in summer, autumn or winter, we will put them in the refrigerator or in a cold place that lacks light. We will remove the bulbs after 30 days and put them in a warm and bright place. We will check that after 1 or 2 weeks they will bloom as if it were spring.
    • Petunias with more flowers
    • Your petunias will bloom better if you finish a first flowering pruning about six inches from the base of the stem. In a few days they will re-point new buds and will bloom again.
    • Ants  Ants “taking care” of aphids
    • If you do not want them to enter the house, throw salt in the areas to be protected as the salt acts as a wall for them.
    • Rub the edge of your pots with half a lemon and the ants will not get close to them.
    • In fruit trees, put in a metal jar quick lime with water that will start to boil. You have to protect yourself with gloves and a mask. At 12 o’clock he painted only the trunk and no ants would come up.
    • Insect repellents
    • Some plants such as basil, jasmine, lavender, elderberry or parsley, and in general most aromatic plants, are insect repellents.
    • Inside plants
    • It is important to place the plants in the brightest corners, but beware of those that do not withstand the direct sun.
    • If the light is scarce …- Place an artificial light bulb nearby, but more than 30-40 cm.
      – Put mirrors behind the plants that increase the luminosity.
      – White painted walls and light furniture also provide more interior brightness.
    • Keep indoor plants away from excessive heating in winter times.
    • Water your plants, but be careful not to drown them. Medium watering: 2 or 3 times a week.
    • If the soil in the pot of your indoor plants is very dry, loosen it with a fork and immerse it in a basin of water or in the sink. The immersion should last until bubbles stop forming. Drain the excess water and pulverize the leaves.
    • When the soil of the pots is very caked, it is best to pick up a fork and remove the dirt. With this operation you will facilitate the penetration of irrigation water and the plants will develop better.
    • If your appearance is poor, you may need to transplant it to another larger pot or change part of the land for a richer one.
    • Cut flower
    • Cut 2 cm of the base every 3 days and take the opportunity to change the water. Also, incorporate an aspirin or 3 drops of bleach per liter of water or, better, flower preserver; this will exercise an antibacterial action.More gardening tips
    • Do not think you have to do the whole garden at the same time. Rather it is a work that must be done progressively, devoting a few hours every weekend to the work of the garden in general and its lawn.
    • Choose the native plants in your area. These are usually much cheaper and will adapt better to the conditions of your garden.
    • Healthy soil keeps plants strong so they can better fight against insects and pests in general. Mix with the soil before planting organic matter such as manure, compost, sphagnum peat, etc.
    • Decreases the time to mow the lawn reducing space.
    • Try to cover areas with groundcover plants, garden rocks or flower beds.
    • The planters are an excellent alternative to have multicolored flowers and do not require as much care as the large flower beds.
    • Ground cover or cover plants are an excellent alternative for those problem areas and grow well in unattractive parts of terrain or sloping sections where it is difficult to create flower beds.
    • Beware of the distance planted with aggressive roots that can cause cracks in buildings, wells, cisterns, pools, walls, raise pavements, water pipes …
  • Divide the plants. Many perennials can be divided by the root and planted separately.
    • Pergola

 

    • While the pergola is not completely covered (3 or 4 years), put hanging baskets.
    • Greenhouses
    • A very interesting and comfortable option are the cultivation tables inside the greenhouse. They are tables with four legs but it does like a drawer, where the pots are put in and watered as in the terraces, since it is the same system, but high. They are usually metallic and have a drainage hole (a plug). Ask for them, they are very practical.
    • Barbecue
    • When you go to barbecue some fish or some vegetables, foods of extreme fragility, it is advisable to resort to a double grill, because it will allow you to turn it around without having to touch the fish or the vegetables.
    • If you use wooden skewers to roast some food, remember that before you puncture the pieces you must have the skewers 10 minutes in boiling water to prevent the embers from releasing smoke, add a good handful of coarse salt, which will also keep them red for more time
  • To clean the barbecue grills, prepare a paste composed of three parts of sodium bicarbonate for one of water. You will remove the fat easily.

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