Six Small Home Gardening Tips

Beautiful small backyards can still hold a well-maintained garden design, only two things are required – determination and know-how. Here are some tips on how to keep your small backyard oasis looking spruced up and glamorous.

1. Deadheading Flowers
Keep your borders free from wilted flowers and dried leaves. Deadheading plants or removing dead flower heads will encourage the plants to produce more blooms for a longer period of time. Many perennials such as geraniums and dahlias, and some annuals benefit from having spent blooms removed.

2. Pinching Out Plants.
Certain plants – especially foliage plants like Coleus – respond with a spurt of growth when their tops are pinched out. Pinching out plants encourages a more bushier plant and so more blooms are produced. Fuchsias are prone to becoming leggy unless they are pinched out.

3. Don’t Over Fertilized Plants.
A minimal amount of fertilizer will further boost the growth of your vegetation. If you water your yard frequently, you will have to fertilize it more regularly because of the nutrient depletion. A nightly application of liquid fertilizer is sometimes more beneficial than granules as it is more readily absorbed by the leaves. Your container gardening plants will be considerably healthier with a half-strength solution of liquid fertilizer applied regularly.

4. Weeding Plants.
One of the best ways to preserve the beauty of your small garden design is to weed it out. 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 your plants from spray-drift.

5. Water them well
One good tip when it comes to watering your small backyard oasis 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 in the weather.

6. Say no to chemicals
Chemicals are dangerous to humans and often kill the natural predators of the common garden pests in your garden, so avoid them if possible. There are many organic alternatives that work almost as well.

With these simple tips, your beautiful small backyards design will soon be the envy of your neighbors.

Even though there is a lot of information you need to absorb and understand about backyard designs for small yards, the rewards are worthwhile. A small garden design is easy but only with a bit of knowledge and patience. This article was provided to get some of your gardening questions answered. Be sure to read the rest of the articles indicated to the right…. for further knowledge…order my book…

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