Outdoors

3 Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden

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With approximately 15 million acres dedicated to farming, Wisconsin produces a wide variety of specialty crops alongside its dairy products, including cranberries, honey, apples, strawberries and a host of other valuable agricultural commodities.

Die-hard gardeners will tell you that a garden is a work in progress. Even established gardens require a little tweaking from season to season. But if you thoughtfully plan before you plant, your landscape will beautifully endure for years to come without costly and time-consuming alterations or additions. Here are a few ways to spruce up your garden.

  1. Spring Clean

Just like cleaning your house or having a major declutter, making over your garden is a big job best broken down into tasks. Start by removing any fallen leaves and clearing any borders and beds back to bare soil. You can use the dead organic matter you collected in your compost pile to be used later as a natural fertilizer, but do not put weeds in the compost, as the seeds can germinate and cause problems later down the line.

  1. Prune Existing Plants

Although the task of trimming beautiful foliage is sometimes hard for gardeners to swallow, regular pruning keeps most plants healthy and encourages new growth. But when and what to prune depends on the type of plant and the climate you live in. For instance, flowering and fruiting plants prefer to be cut back in late winter or early spring to spur a hearty crop. Trees and shrubs that bloom in the spring start setting new buds as soon as the old flowers have fallen, so it’s crucial to prune before those new buds come in. And many other plants need continual trimming to remain vigorous.

  1. Feed your Lawn

Many gardeners recommend fertilizing the lawn a few times a year. How long it takes depends on the size of your garden but on average, it should take a couple of hours maximum. Fertilizer can make the grass look a lot healthier by filling up bare patches, preventing weeds and also making the lawn more long-lasting and resistant to foot ‘traffic’, pets and pests. You can pick up reasonably priced fertilizers from supermarkets, DIY stores, and local garden centers. It’s an easy way to make the garden look greener and more inviting.