Even though we aren’t all that into gardening, it’s still important to try to keep on top of your home’s outdoor spaces. If you ever fall behind on your gardening jobs, you will find that your backyard quickly becomes overgrown and will end up looking incredibly messy. Not only will this look very unappealing to passersby, but a messy garden could even drag down the value of your property. And that isn’t good news if you are thinking of putting your home on the market.
Thankfully, tidying up an unruly garden isn’t all that difficult. As long as you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and get down to some hard work, it shouldn’t take you more than a few days. All of that work will certainly pay off when you finally end up with a gorgeous outdoor area where you can enjoy long summer nights.
Think it’s time you started to tackle your messy garden? Here are some tips that can help you take back control.
Know When To Add Fertilizer
First of all, it’s important to understand the best time to use fertilizer on all of your plants and flowers. You can go here to see which fertilizers will help to provide your garden with the most nutrients and condition your soil. Once you know which one is best for your garden, you then need to consider when to apply it to your plants. Ideally, it’s best to do so straight after winter, as this is the time when your greenery will be starving for nutrients. Applying fertilizer at this time will ensure they have all the nutrients they need to grow big and strong ready for summer.
Tackle All The Weeds
Next, it’s necessary to deal with all the weeds that will be making your garden very messy indeed. You might even be surprised at just how better your outdoor areas look once you remove all of the unwelcome weeds. There are different ways to tackle weeds. You can buy a weedkiller from your local garden store to spray on them. This will kill them, so they are easier to pull out of the ground. However, these sprays can be full of harsh chemicals which could be dangerous for pets and children. Not only that, though, but they could end up killing flowers if you spray them by accident. Because of that, quite a few gardeners prefer to simply get rid of all their garden weeds by pulling them up from the roots. It might be more work, but at least you don’t have to risk killing your pretty plants.
Space Plants Carefully
One other reason why a garden may look very untidy and messy is that the plants and flowers have not been spaced correctly when they were planted. If plants are spaced too closely together, they could be competing for light, water, and nutrients more than they should be. As their resources are greatly reduced because of this, some could die prematurely which could look quite unsightly in your garden. That’s not all, though, as plants that are spaced too far apart could also negatively affect the garden’s aesthetic value. The garden could look quite sparse and empty, and the soil will be very visible, which could be quite unsightly. So, when you are planting seeds, seedlings, or bulbs, you need to make sure that you are spacing them out correctly. Generally speaking, most seeds or bulbs that you buy will come with instructions as to how far apart they should be planted from other greenery. Make sure you follow these important instructions.
Add A Line Of Sight
Some people like to grow lots of trees, shrubs, and bushes around their property for privacy reasons. They do this so that no one can see their home from the street. As a result, they can benefit from increased privacy, and potential burglars and intruders will be put off from trying to enter the home as they won’t be able to see it to assess whether anyone is home or if there are any valuables inside worth taking. You don’t need to remove all the trees and bushes around the house, but just making sure they are trimmed back and that there is a line of sight through to the property. This way, the garden won’t look like so much of a jungle.
If you want to keep your garden really tidy, it’s best to go for an overall minimal design. This will mean there isn’t too much in your garden to clutter it up and make it look a mess. For instance, if you have a lot of flower beds, you might want to remove them and just replace them with a lawn area. Not only will this be easier to maintain, but it will also mean that there are few areas that could become unkempt and messy.
Clean Up In Bits
When it comes to actually cleaning up your garden and doing all the hard work, it’s best to split your garden into zones and sort out one zone at a time. Once one area is completed, you can then move onto the next. This should make all the work a lot more manageable, and you will find that you get all cleaned up in no time at all.
Hire Some Professional Help
Of course, if it looks like cleaning up your garden will take a lot of time and effort, you might want to just go straight ahead and hire a professional gardener to help you out. They can do all the heavy lifting and boring work for you, and you should be able to find one who can do it for a very reasonable price. This is a great option if you are busy with family or work and don’t have as much time as you would like to work on your garden.
Your garden doesn’t have to be a mess forever – use these tips to get it in shape once and for all!