Ideas for a Healthy Yard
With the arrival of spring comes a new set of plans, hopes, and dreams for your home’s garden. It’s the season to start over and refresh the look of your landscaping. The 8z team has compiled a few ideas to help you get on your way to a new bright and healthy yard.
If you are planning on starting your garden from seeds, consider starting early and planting them indoors or in cold boxes. In Colorado, we all know that a deep freeze is possible all the way through late April, so you want to give your little plants a fighting chance to survive. Plant them in containers that will allow plenty of room for them to grow so that they don’t get overcrowded. Use a rich soil, and keep them close to a window so that they can get plenty of sunlight. Keep an eye on the water level in the soil, as too dry will cause the seedlings to wither, and too damp will either stunt their growth or drown them. As they get closer to being moved outside, gradually expose them to more intense sunlight, and slowly transition them to the outdoors to avoid shock.
If you already have a strong spring perennial garden going, keep an eye on your flowerbeds now, to decide the changes you want to make in the fall. At that time you may expand and distribute the colors more evenly. By dividing the plant at the bulb, your larger plants can multiply into many more. If you have a mature healthy patch ofIf you have a mature healthy patch of bulb perennials consider spreading them out around your property for even more flowers when spring 2013 comes around.
Lastly, focus on weed control. It’s important to keep these pesky intruders away from the plants you lovingly put so much time into. While the old fashioned pulling, digging, and clearing of weeds works the best, there are also many options of weed sprays you can apply to your garden. However, some of those sprays are incredibly toxic, so pay attention to the label. Or you can go green and make a non-toxic organic weed killer out of ingredients found right in your kitchen!non-toxic organic weed killer out of ingredients found right in your kitchen!
Whichever route you decide to take this spring, make your garden exactly what you want it to be! Whether that’s starting from scratch, optimizing what you currently have, or just focusing on keeping it free of weeds, enjoy your gardening experience!
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