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Gardening 101: 5 Tips You Should Know

 

Now that we are well into spring it is time to start thinking about your garden! Landscaping is an important part of creating that perfect backyard oasis. If you don’t have much experience gardening here are some simple tips to set you on the right path to achieving a beautiful garden!

Planning

As with most things in life the key to success is taking the time to plan and set goals. Think about what you want to grow and where you want to grow it. When planning think of your long term plans as well. As gardening is an ongoing project and planting in regular intervals will ensure your garden is always full and in blossom!

Tool Time

It is important to make sure you have the right tools to master your craft. If you want an expert garden make sure that you invest in good quality gardening tools. Especially for those starting out, having the right tools will help you master expert gardening techniques that much faster and easier.

Good Soil

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Not all soil is created equal! Make sure you have good soil as this is where your plants get their nutrients. Give your soil a boost by adding in some  organic matter like compost. Another tip is to dig up your soil.  Digging loosens the soil so roots can penetrate more easily. Use a spade or spading fork to gently turn the top 8 to 12 inches of soil, mixing in the organic matter.

Weeding

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Before you start planting your garden make sure to remove all the unwanted weeds! Be sure to do this tedious task as soon as possible. If left unattended too long they will begin to flower and produce seeds, and before you know it multiply! This task must be preformed regularly so that the weeds do not consume the nutrients in the soil meant for your plants and hinder their growth. As this is a regular task it may be smart to invest in a weeding tool with a long handle to avoid unnecessary strain on your back.

Pruning

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Pruning your plants is an important part of garden maintenance. By removing dead or overgrown branches or buds you make room for new buds to grow and flourish. Pruning can be done early on in the season while the trees are still dormant, making it easier to identify unwanted areas. Make sure you have sharp pruning tools to make your job quick and easy! By regularly trimming your plants they will stay healthy and full throughout the summer.

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Our friends on Twitter shared some of their gardening tips with us:

How do you prep your soil for your garden? 

“Loosen it up with water and add organic material” – @

What is your must have gardening tool? 

“I have a really cool weed puller tool, love it!” – 

What tips would you give a new gardener?

“Don’t start with too many plants, or you may become overwhelmed very quickly” – ‏@trouble35 
I would let them know that patience is key! Beans don’t grow over night!” –  
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Congratulations to our winner:  

You win a Scotts Lopper & Large Pruner Bundle!

 

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