Time-Saving Tips for Gardeners

Here, we have compiled a list of the best time-saving tips for gardeners that will hopefully save a few extra hours that you could otherwise be spending enjoying your outdoor space!

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1.Mass Planting!
Find foundation shrubs or ground covers you really like & plant them in large masses, repeating each mass grouping at least 3 times.

This will not only provide a strong visual impact, foundation & flow to a garden, but they’re also low-maintenance. So you spend less time working in your garden & more time enjoying it!

2) Compost to Give Your Soil Superpowers!
By dressing your beds with a heavy (3-inch) layer of compost every spring, you can suffocate weeds & give existing plants a boost. This will provide a rich foundation for annuals & new plantings, meaning your plants will be healthier and less work for you!

3) Weed Wisely!
Weed when your soil is moist, it makes the job easier (& quicker!). Also, aim to catch those weeds when they are small so they are easier to pull as they haven’t established a strong root system yet.

4) Water less often & for longer periods of time
A deep soaking once a week is better for your plants than frequent shallow drinks. Thorough soakings encourage deep roots, which means you’ll water less as the summer wears on & have more time to spend enjoying your garden.

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5) Use mulch, it’s a true multitasker! Mulch not only instantly decorates a garden but also conserves moisture, suppresses weeds & insulates the soil. One application in spring is all you need! As it breaks down, this annual layer of mulch will also reduce the number of amendments and fertilizer you’ll need to add to your soil, saving you time!

6) Grow Plants with Similar Requirements Together. This means arranging plants in the same location according to whether they require full sun or shade, as well as those that require moist soil or low watering needs. This will not only help your garden flourish, but it will also provide more order & ease in figuring out what parts of the garden need to be attended to & when hence saving you a whole bunch of time!

7) Let your crops self-seed. Growing self-seeding plants will not only save you a few bucks, but it also means you don’t need to buy seeds every year since they reoccur annually, overall saving you time AND money. However, choose self-seeding plants carefully as some species are very invasive.

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