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Outdoor and Garden Guide

ByKatDavid

Gardening is an entertaining and rewarding experience no matter what your skill level is. Whether you're heading outdoors to cultivate an elaborate garden or just looking to provide the proper environment for the houseplants you keep inside your flat, this guide can help with everything you need to improve your green thumb or acquire one in the first place.

Plants

Picking which plants to put in your garden can be difficult, considering there are so many to choose from. If you aren't sure what the difference is between annuals and perennials, you don't know how to prepare a flowerbed, or you can't decide if you want to an herb or vegetable garden, these tips can help you.

Plant Tips

Annuals

These plants live and die within one year and do not regrow the following season without replanting. Common annuals are marigolds ,basil , and petunias .

Flower Bulbs

Bulbs, unlike seeds, are already active plants. While some are easy to grow--like amaryllis  or muscari --others require more care. They are all, however, still perennials.

Herb Seeds

Herbs, relatively low-maintenance plants, can be the perfect addition to any garden or kitchen windowsill. Growing kits  are a popular and easy way to start herb gardens.

Perennials

People enjoy perennials because they regrow each year--no replanting necessary. Popular perennials are chives ,foxgloves , and oregano .

Vegetable Seeds

There's nothing like growing fresh, colourful vegetables. Think it'll be too hard? Vegetables like squash ,peppers , and tomatoes  practically grow themselves.

Supplies

You can't garden without the proper gardening supplies. If you're unsure of what you'll need to properly tend to your garden, this list can help!

  • Fertiliser: These supply plants with nutrients can improve soil fertility by maintaining your garden's balance of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
  • Garden Tools: No matter the size of your garden, in order to dig, weed, prune, or cultivate, you need a good set of tools.
  • Insect Management: Insects can result in a dead or unsightly garden. Keep them under control with pesticides or natural pest control methods.
  • Mulch: Placed over the soil, this provides a layer of protection for your garden by retaining moisture, reducing erosion, providing nutrients, and suppressing weed growth. Coloured mulch can also be used to beautify your garden.
  • Weed Control: Weeds feed off the nutrients of everything you are growing in your garden, which results in wilted, scrawny, or dead plants. There are many ways to controls weeds, however, so don't worry about them taking over your garden!

Equipment

There are certain pieces of equipment that are crucial to maintaining your garden's aesthetics as well as the healthiness of the plants. Pick up these tools for all your cultivating, watering, and trimming needs.

Garden Hoses

Sometimes that cute little plastic watering can  of yours just won't get the job done. Garden hoses are necessary when you need to water large gardens or portions of your lawn.

Hedge Trimmers

There are two types of trimmers--manual hedge clippers and electric hedge trimmers . Both are used to trim and shape hedges as well as a variety of other outdoor plants.

Lawn Mowers

Whether you get a gas-powered or electric mower , they are important for keeping a neat lawn. Small yards only need a walk-behind mower , but larger lawns require a riding machine.

Leaf Blowers

Leaf blowers are a fast--albeit noisy--way to rid your garden or yard of stray leaves, twigs, and debris. Purchase a leaf blower and vacuum  to collect leaves once you have gathered them.

Tillers

Tillers, also known as rotavators , cultivate your garden with rotating blades or tines. These are important tools to use before planting because they help prepare a smooth, loose seedbed.

Garden Care Tips

Here are some additional garden care tips to help you improve that green thumb of yours!

  • Seasons:  Whether racing the first frost or taking a break from those hot humid days, the seasons play an important role in keeping the health of your present and future garden. 

Top Selling Garden Accessories

Despite having healthy or colourful plants, gardens can look quite drab. These accessories can spruce your garden right up by adding just the right amount of flair while remaining pretty and practical.

Bird Baths

Gardman antique bird baths  are attractive in any garden or lawn. They are durable, weather resistant, and provide birds with ample space to bathe and drink.

Garden Accents

Hanging bamboo windchimes  from a tree or post makes an excellent garden accent. They aren't as noisy as metal windchimes, so they won't annoy you.

Garden Signs and Markers

Nobody wants a trampled garden or yard. An easy solution is to get a "Keep off the Grass" sign . Many are decorative or comedic, so they don't come off as rude.

Greenhouses

The Gardman 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse  is perfect for the gardener who wants the perfect climate for their plants, but doesn't have a lot of space to work with.

Outdoor Furniture

Adirondack garden furniture  is all made of different kinds of wood that can be treated with oil. Its simple and sleek design is perfect for any garden.

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