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4 Secrets to a Continuously Gorgeous Garden

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It doesn’t matter how modern and deluxe your home’s interior is; it might give people the wrong impression if your outside spaces are drab or dead.

Your garden can be gorgeous year-round — if you put time and effort into keeping your spaces green and your flowers blooming. Maintaining a luscious landscape isn’t difficult if you know the secrets to gardening success.

Here are four simple rules to help you keep a beautiful outdoor space all year.

1. Know Your Plants Well

Hardscaping might be easier to maintain, but the foundation of a garden is vegetation. To keep your outdoor spaces looking gorgeous year-round, you must carefully select and maintain your plants. The proper process for knowing your plants requires just two steps:

A) Know your region.
Though you might dream about verdant outdoor spaces in glossy home and garden magazines, the plants they use in those landscapes might not suit your yard. There is a reason the desert is filled with cactuses instead of willows:

Different plants require different growing conditions. By forcing non-indigenous or otherwise unsuitable plants into your landscaping, you ask for dead shrubs — or at least a dramatic increase in your utility bills.

You can buy a gardening book specific to your area, or you can talk to a local expert at a nursery to gain insight into the best plants for your yard. You should do the same if you plan to install a lawn, as grass also comes in regional realities.

B) Know plant health.
There are some apparent signs that plants aren’t doing well: wilting, drying, browning, etc. You should carefully choose specimens when purchasing your plants without indicating ill health. Then, after you place your plants in the ground (or long-term containers), you should continue to look for signs of disease or discomfort.

If you cannot diagnose the issue using the web or any gardening books, call a landscaping expert to help. Most first-time homebuyers might need lawn care tips so that their plants stay beautiful year-round.

2. Work Within Your Space

It’s easy to love wide-open gardens with generous lawns and ample flower beds, but few homeowners have such luxurious landscaping opportunities. It would be best if you were realistic about your space. Small gardens can be beautiful, but not if they are jam-packed with overlarge plants and decorations; likewise, spacious yards require careful attention so they don’t appear desolate or sparse.

Regardless of the size of your garden, it would be best to consider compartmentalizing different areas, such as entertainment, play, and decorative spaces. This tends to add order and comfort to outdoor areas.

3. Keep Pests at Bay

Pests never sleep: If locusts aren’t devouring your plants’ stems, worms are munching through their roots. If birds aren’t stealing your ripe veggies, rabbits and voles are pilfering the leafy greens.

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If bacteria aren’t killing your grass blade by blade, a fungus turns it bright pink or dull grey. To keep your garden healthy, you must be diligent about keeping pests out, which might mean planting natural pest deterrents, like sage and marigold, or using physical barriers like fences and nets.

4. Change With the Seasons

While finding evergreen plants and perennials that don’t require replanting is possible, you can add vivaciousness to your outdoor spaces by switching some of your vegetation with the seasons. Here are some gardening tips year-round:

Spring. Spring is the time of year to focus on your lawn. Most of the plant life in your yard will turn bright green, so adding a few annual spring bulbs to your flower beds is advisable for colour variation.

Summer. Typically, your perennials will thrive during the summer, so you shouldn’t have to add much new vegetation. Still, you must pay attention to water levels since the heat can dry out plants fast, requiring you to replace dead flowers and shrubs.

Fall. Cooler temperatures often kill container plants, so if you don’t want to move them inside all winter, you should swap in evergreens like Daphne shrubs.

Winter. This season tends to highlight your trees. Trees add structure and privacy to your garden while sheltering attractive (and beneficial) wildlife like owls.