50 Gardening Tips and Tricks for 2016

No matter how big or small your garden is, the following gardening tips will make your garden go from good to great in no time.

  1. Use mulch on your vegetable patch, trees of flower beds using only organic material – mulching help your garden to save water, adds vital nutrition and keeps pests away.
  2. The soil is the life of your garden: keep it healthy and your plants will take a tough stance against diseases and garden pests.
  3. Plants who need an acid environment will enjoy a sprinkling of pine needles that will deposit acid in the soil as they begin to decompose.
  4. Spray a dilution of soapy water onto leaves to get rid of annoying aphids. Rinse off afterwards. Also encourage lady birds/lady bugs to hang out in your garden.
  5. Avoid chemical fertilizers as much as possible – make your own delicious compost.
  6. Good, rich compost is fantastic for your garden since it keeps it full of nutrients, airates the soil and maintains healthy roots.
  7. Add value to your household property by doing some landscaping to make your garden more attractive.
  8. Planting trees should be done with careful forethought and planning since trees take up so much space and become dominant features very quickly.
  9. Buy plants that suit the temperature, sunniness, annual rain fall and general climate of where you live.
  10. Trees are great environmental protectors, keeping your garden cool in summer and allowing sunshine to filter through for warmth in winter.
  11. Vines will keep your fences and walls shady and can spruce them up with color and shape.
  12. Use alternative ground covers other than grass to keep things interesting.
  13. Plant herbs! They help your cooking skills immensely and also look great in your garden.
  14. Gardens that love shade generally require less effort to maintain – although effort is a relative term.
  15. Use a few spots of flowers here and there to add colour to your garden.
  16. You can make compost from most things that were once alive (plants being the best) but avoid meat and bones.
  17. Dig in compost to just below the surface, but not too deep.
  18. When digging a hole for a tree, don’t make the edges too square or smooth since this will prevent easy root penetration.
  19. If your garden was in a forest, mulching would be the floor of the forest where all the goodness comes from: remember to mulch each year.
  20. Earthworms are your friends – they keep the soil well-fertilized and happy.
  21. When you plant out your plants from plastic containers you may need to rip the roots a little bit if they have attached themselves to the walls of the containers.
  22. After planting don’t leave soil exposed – mulch and cover!
  23. Don’t only plant one type of plant or vegetable – this doesn’t happen naturally in any case. Diversify with different plants next to each other and you will encourage beneficial insects.
  24. Get rid of annoying weeds with undiluted, unrepentant, merciless vinegar to knock out the weeds without damaging the environment or yourself.
  25. Encourage natural, organic biodiversity and insects and microbes will take care of pests.
  26. If you have too much rain going on, mulching will help keep things together.
  27. Did you know that domestic gardeners tend to use more synthetic weed killers and fertilizers per metre than farmers? Keep your garden healthy and go organic.
  28. Too much sun damaging roots? Mulch.
  29. Keep mulch evenly spread at the base of trees – don’t pile it all up against the trunk.
  30. Stamp out weeds by covering with thick mulch and remove strong grass by the roots.
  31. Water well before and after you mulch.
  32. To make compost you can use a combination of grass cuttings, vegetable and fruit left overs, small twigs and other organic material (avoid adding dog poo, meat or bones).
  33. Keep it local when you landscape: use plants that naturally occur in your region for least effort.
  34. If you love order and meticulousness, create a more formal garden with well-planned focal points laid out in your garden.
  35. Beware of poisonous plants, especially if you have children: elephant ears have poisonous leaves and sweet peas and a host of other plants have poisonous flowers.
  36. Choose plants that have budded but not quite flowering when you buy annuals or perennials – this will help them settle in first when you plant and develop a strong root system.
  37. Plants that are drought resistant will help you out if you live in a dry area: look for succulents, silver leaves and strong tap roots.
  38. Plan ahead when planting: factor in the size of a plant when it is fully mature and then layer your garden appropriately.
  39. Install a good irrigation system to water the base of plants instead of just watering over the leaves – and water early mornings if you can.
  40. Another benefit from composting is that it maintains a healthy pH balance in your soil and delivers well-needed micronutrients you won’t find anywhere else.
  41. Take care when digging so that you don’t damage roots or mess about too much with healthy soil.
  42. In order of preference for dealing with pests: physically remove them, use guards or barriers, biological agents such as insects and finally pesticides that are as natural as possible.
  43. Use autumn colours in the front of your garden to attract the eye and to make a small garden feel larger.
  44. Get rid of environmental noise such as traffic by adding natural sounds with wind chimes and bird feeders.
  45. When you first plant a tree you may need to water deeply every week for a while to help it recover from the shock of being transplanted.
  46. Create paths, lines and boundaries with fences, hedges and stone dividers.
  47. Don’t kill every insect you see: most insects are good for your garden.
  48. By composting you are actually adding diversity to your garden and encouraging good bacteria, microbes, worms and insects to thrive.
  49. Plant in the late evening or on a cloudy day so that your newly planted seedlings don’t suffer in the hot sun.
  50. Plant purple and blue plants in the shade to make their colours stand out really well.

We hope these gardening tips and tricks will help you make a beautiful garden.

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