4 tips for the amateur gardener
Never been a gardener? We hear you sister. But, a bit of green therapy can do wonders for your wellbeing, so much so that it’s considered a wellness trend this year. Getting in touch with nature can bring you some perspective and improve your mood. It’s also satisfying to see something blossom from your efforts !
Here are some simple tips to get you started!
Love Your Lawn
It’s time to get rid of all the weeds and mulch and finally let your grass grow. If you’re lucky enough to have a big yard space make the most of your lawn. Weeding is key first of all. Also, look for moss and other unwanted debris. Clear the space for your grass. When watering the lawn think about the weather conditions and the amount of rainfall you’ve had, you don’t want to over-water it, but at the same time don’t let it dry out. If you think your lawn is flooded or clogged you could contact a drainage specialist. For more detailed advice on how to water your lawn properly, click here.
Get planting both bulbs and seeds this season. You can find a list of spring flowers such as crocuses and daffodils online to try and if you’re a little apprehensive some more low maintenance options. Choose the flowers you like best and watch your efforts bloom. If you would like to plant different things like a herb garden or vegetables, these could be fun as well. You literally have infinite options! Spring and summer are the best times to get planting as you will be able to spend more time in the sun enjoying the results.
Do some research into your local wildlife and see what fun visitors you can attract. Many species will be coming out of hibernation so you’ll get to welcome lots of new friends into your garden. Make your own bird-feeder out of recycled materials such as a plastic bottle. Birds like to eat a range of different things such as mealworms and grains, but they also like lots of things you can already find in your kitchens such as granola, apples, bananas, eggshells, and cooked pasta and rice. You can get rid of your organic waste while giving them a tasty treat.
Of course, leaving food out can attract unwanted visitors as well. If you find yourself with a pest problem such as bugs or mice you can contact a mice exterminator to get rid of them in the most humane way possible.
As well as making bird feeders get creative and think about what else you could decorate your garden with by using recycled materials from your house! You can make plant pots from pretty much anything, so have a look at what junk you’ve got lying around. There are many inspiring ideas online.