Life can be chaotic, a whirlwind of chores that seem to have no end. This is especially true for working moms who have to deal with various tasks, from doing the laundry and shopping for groceries to meeting deadlines for work and taking care of the kids. That leaves very little time for gardening.
To help you accomplish your gardening tasks, we’ve listed a few home-gardening tips. These will help you manage your time so you have time to do other things.
Choose the right plants
In order to establish a sustainable garden, you need to make sure that it does not take too much of your valuable time and attention. Do some research and find out what types of plants would suit your garden and which species would sap too much of your resources to survive. Perennials, for example, are hardy plants that can thrive even with minimal effort from you.
Select quality gardening tools
Tools that are superior in terms of quality have better functionality, are more durable, and require less maintenance. When purchasing these tools, make sure to consider the size so you can use it comfortably. It’s also important to maintain your tools. Clean them after use to keep them from rusting or going dull. Sharpen blades regularly to help reduce stress and effort.
Consider drip irrigation
Watering the garden is perhaps one of the most tedious tasks — not to mention something you can easily forget. Care for your plants without the risk of forgetting or turning it into a monotonous chore by installing drip irrigation. This may take some time to set up, but once it’s done, you can reap the benefits of having your plants watered automatically! You can purchase a drip irrigation kit or do a simple DIY.
Mulch your plants
Mulching allows you to save time in your garden. Adding mulch can help:
- retain moisture, by keeping the soil cool and reducing evaporation
- limit the growth of weeds, by blocking their access to the sun
- prevent soil loss, by minimizing the impact of raindrops when they strike the soil, covering the soil from the wind, and slowing runoff
- provide nourishment for your plants when the organic mulch decomposes
- protect plants from the effects of the freeze and thaw cycle
Place two to three inches of mulch around your plants. Use organic mulch like grass clippings, hay, leaves, wood chips, manure, or a combination.
Ask for help
Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance. Whether you need some gardening advice or a pair of helping hands, know that there are people who are willing to help you. You can ask friends or family and turn it into a great bonding opportunity. You can also turn to specialists if you need professional help. If you live in York Region, there are various lawn care and/or tree care companies, like Northview Maintenance Group, Nutri-Lawn, and davelundtreeservice.com who can offer their services.
These tips can help you preserve the joys of being in your garden and give you time to breathe and relax. You definitely deserve it.