Make These 5 Goals Now to Jump-Start Your Spring Garden
Since it’s the beginning of the year and we’re all planning out the months ahead, consider these 5 gardening resolutions to ensure you have the prettiest, most fruitful and satisfying garden yet.
Goal One: Get Your Tools Organized
To achieve just about any garden task, the right tools are an obvious need. While it’s easy to stash your gardening gloves and best pruners in some random spot when you’re finished using them, you’ll be angry with yourself the next time you need them and can’t locate them. Rather than wasting precious time searching, make it a point to organize your tools once and for all. Give every tool a home and return them to that spot after every use. When your tools are reliably at hand, you’ll be better equipped to maintain your yard.
Goal Two: Prep Now for Pests
Regardless of what area of the country you live in, you’re going to be dealing with unwelcome garden pests of some sort. Think rabbits, deer, insects and weeds. The best defense is a good offense — prepare for them now! For example, scour your garden beds for weeds that can start to take root whenever the ground thaws, and pull them out now. If your vegetable garden typically attracts rabbits, consider fencing it in before you plant your seeds. Additionally, some plant species tend to have more pest problems than others, so be sure to do your research on any new plant you want to incorporate into your garden so you won’t be caught off guard. There are a bunch of popular-yet-problematic plants, like tomatoes and roses, that offer pest- and disease-resistant varieties, so keep an eye out for those when picking plants to grow.
Goal Three: Enhance Water Conservation
Especially important in areas that are drought prone, this goal applies to gardeners in every region. To begin, keep in mind that mulch is a great addition since it helps soil retain moisture for your plants. Use at least a 2-inch layer anywhere you have bare soil. Another water conservation strategy is to choose plants for your garden that are native to the region. Native plants are better adapted to thrive without needing a lot of extra watering or other special attention. For any spots in your garden that may require more water, like a veggie garden or lawn, consider installing an irrigation system with a timer to help promote water efficiency.
Goal Four: Try a New Project
When it comes to gardening, part of the fun is exploring and trying new things. Take on a weekend project like installing some dramatic edging in your garden beds or creating your own concrete planters. Or get a little more daring by laying a broken brick patio or putting together your own trellis. There are endless possibilities out there to try, but the important thing is building new skills and gaining a sense of accomplishment. If a project doesn’t end up working out, don’t dwell, just chalk it up to a learning experience and move on to a new one.
Goal Five: Make Use of Your Outdoor Space More
It’s a proven fact that spending just 20 minutes outside in nature can lower stress levels. So, why not make it a point to stop and head outside once in a while during your day? Watch the birds in the morning while you have your coffee, or turn your patio or deck into a comfy hangout spot. No patio? Build a fire pit for your family to enjoy. The more you put into making your outdoor space a desirable place to be, the more you’ll get out of it and the better you’ll feel.