Maintenance Needs For Your Garden

Are you aware of the maintenance needs for your garden, I may be of help.

Once you have the garden planted and your plants are starting to grow you'll need to think about maintenance of this garden: I'll detail what I usually do to maintain, hope it will help. I also spread out the work, usually doing a little bit daily or at least every few days to keep the plants growing healthy.

You will need to stir or cultivate the top layer of soil at intervals during the growing season. The object is to keep the top layer loose and friable to the depth of one or two inches. Where plants are grown in rows, as in the vegetable garden, the work is done with a hoe or a faily large culvitating tool. In a flower garden or even in a shrub garden you will use a hoe or a fork. You can also use a small spade or a narrow three-pronged cultivator or even a small digging fork. If you use the digging fork you'll only want to pulverize the top layer. The cultivation should be very shallow as the layer of soil that you loosen needs only to be at the top as you will lose moisture if go down deep, also you could destroy the roots of your plants. After a hard rain the soil will become a packed surface, so after it dries you'll need to cultivate and loosen the soil. This also helps to destroy weeds.

I think even if you need to just work around this soil every week or so the garden will be fine.



Weeding is done by cultivating with a suitable tool, such as a hoe or for, and also by hand pulling of the weeds. Only scratch the surface about one to two inches, if you'll wait till the sun dries out the weeds it would be best before they can take root again. Now those weeds that are growing right by the crops or the flowers must be pulled by hand. If you don't get the weeds pulled when they first begin to grow or soon thereafter they will make roots and be harder to pull.

Sufficient moisture needs to be in the soil at all times in order to keep the plants growing. If you have prolonged periods of drought you'll need to water, just depends on your area. Remember that sandy soils will dry out more quickly than the clay ones. Sprinkling light will just lightly lay the dust layer and do more harm than good, this encourages small feeding roots to grow near the surface trying to get moisture. You need to soak the soil to permit the water to penetrate deeply and evenly into the ground. If you will water in the cooler part of the day you'll lose

less water to evaporation as in the hotest part of the day. This can be done satisfactorily with a garden hose if the area is small or with a sprinkler, and you might think of using soaker hoses also.

Mulching is very important, and its purpose is to help retain moisture and maintain an even temperature in the soil, this also keeps down the weeds. Summer mulching for the garden or flowers is done to retain this moisture, manure, well rotted is one of the best to use, but I also use a lot of peat moss and leaf mold as these mulches will also condition the soil. A fairly heavy mulch will lessen the need for a lot of maintenance around your garden, flowers and also shrubs as it prevents a lot of weeds from growing.

Grass clippings can be used around shrubs and also in vegetable gardens. A coarse mulch can be used in places where itis not obtrusive and a fine mulch, such as well-rotten compost or peat moss, can be used in many flower beds.

If you will keep the soil cultivated, free of weeds and provide mulch for your plants you will have much less work than if you do nothing and need to really work at removing weeds and also you won't have as healthy crops or flowers or shrubs.

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