Tips for a Beautiful Lawn and Garden

Whether you have a green thumb or you’re barely able to keep a cactus alive, it never hurts to review a little helpful advice for giving your home some great curb appeal. Here are a few tips to keep your lawns green and your gardens lush:

Soil is everything
For around $12, you can purchase a soil testing kit at your local garden center. This will tell you the pH levels of your soil and help you to correct any imbalances.

Choose your plants wisely
Pick plants that will thrive in your yard’s particular environment. Sunlight, shade, moisture, and exposure to the elements are all factors that should be considered.

Sketch out any landscaping ideas
Whether you’re planting a garden or hiring a landscaper, putting your ideas on paper first is never a bad idea. Remember, it’s a lot easier and cheaper to erase than it is to replant.

Feed the lawn
After your lawn’s initial springtime growth spurt or after mowing it several times, fertilize your lawn with a high-quality, slow-release nitrogen fertilizer. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label, and take any necessary precautions if you have small children or pets.

Equip yourself properly
Aside from getting your lawnmower ready for action, you may want to take an inventory of your gardening tools. Here are the top ten tools every aspiring gardener should own: a gardening trowel, a spade, a shovel, a hoe, pruning sheers, a 5-gallon bucket, a wheelbarrow, a hose, a watering can, and gloves.