If you're like many busy homeowners without a great deal of landscaping experience, you often wish that there was something you could do to have a more attractive yard and garden area. Unfortunately, green thumbs aren't something that people are simply born with — most of those with gorgeous outdoor living spaces have spent years honing their gardening expertise. However, that doesn't mean that you're doomed to having an unsightly yard full of visibly unhealthy plants. The following are four strategies designed to help you take your yard from lackluster to lovely.
Choose Plants That Thrive on Neglect
Homeowners often make landscaping choices based on lovely photographs in plant catalogs, but these are often high-maintenance options that don't make sense for the average homeowner. Your local nursery can help you figure out which plants require the least amount of bother.
Site Plants Properly
One of the major reasons why many plants seem to languish and otherwise fail to thrive after being planted is that they haven't been sited properly. Even if you choose plants meant to survive in neglectful conditions, they still need to be sited properly. For instance, if you plant sun-loving varieties such as petunias in the shade, for instance, it may not produce flowers and eventually will start growing long and spindly in an effort to reach sunlit areas. Plants that flourish in shady conditions such as begonias, on the other hand, completely burn up when planted in full sun.
Build Your Soils
Building soils takes time and patience, but it really pays off in the health and appearance of your plants. To build your soil up, add organic material such as finished compost, peat moss, and well-rotted manure when you're preparing your planting beds in the spring. Keep doing this every year, and you'll create rich soil that provides plant roots with the nutrients they need to thrive.
Discover the Many Benefits of Mulching
Organic mulch is another great way to add nutrients to the root zones of your plants. Cover your planting roots with one to two inches of landscaping mulch, and irrigation and rainwater will cause nutrients to leach down into the soil. Mulch also helps keep planting beds weed-free by inhibiting the germination of weed seeds, provides insulation to plant roots to keep them from being harmed by extreme temperatures, helps keep water in the soil from evaporating, and provides your planting beds with an attractive, finished appearance. Reach out to a local mulch service for more information.