Since gardening is supposed to be a relaxing treat, it makes sense to perform basic maintenance on it each year as spring arrives. Doing so can help you avoid excessive effort, which in turn can make gardening less of a chore and more of an enjoyable pastime.
Read more about dispose of garden waste: https://www.gov.uk/garden-waste-disposal
Use these tips and tricks to get the job done quickly, efficiently, and without all that unnecessary stress:
Get Rid of Salt Deposits on Clay Pots
To clear your precious clay pots from the salt which deposits on them over the winter, simply mix together equal parts white vinegar and water in a spare spray bottle. This simple and inexpensive solution requires little effort and needs only to be scrubbed off with a plastic brush before being allowed to dry.
Take Care of Aphids
Control those pesky aphids by simply spraying them with insecticidal soap and/or water. You can even wrap two-sided tape around your hand and then gently run it along the infested leaves for a quick, easy, and cost-effective remedy that doesn’t require harsh chemicals.
Control Damping-Off Fungus
Use your favorite chamomile tea to protect your young seedlings from fungus. Just add a spot of the tea to the soil around the base at least once a week. In fact, you can even use the tea grounds as a foliar spray if that’s easier.
Keep Your Trimmer Taunt
Trimming weeds from your garden is an essential part of yearly maintenance. Prevent the line on your trimmer from breaking, jamming, or sustaining damage after a long winter of being kept put away. Simply add a few squirts of veggie oil to the string before installing it.
Give Your Budding Plants a Boost
Turn your vegetable stock into a garden booster. Instead of pouring it down the drain, use it to water your plants and watch as they burst through the soil with renewed vigor.
Acidify the Soil
If you grow azaleas, camellias, gardenias, rhododendrons, or berries, spread your leftover tea and/or coffee grounds in the garden about a ¼-inch thick at least once a month. This will improve the pH of the soil and make it acceptable for acid-loving plants.
Protect Your Youngsters from Sudden Frost
The weather in early spring can wreak havoc on a blossoming garden, so use your extra clay pots to create a protective cloche for delicate plants. This will help prevent repetitive digging, excessive weeding, and unnecessary maintenance.
Scrub Garden Rocks and Ornaments to RemoveMold and Algae
An overgrowth of mold or algae in or around the garden can cause significant damage to your plants, not to mention it can make your otherwise beautiful plot look unkept and unattractive. To rid the area of the organic pests, simply scrub down the rocks and ornaments around your garden with cold water.
*NOTE: Do not use bleach or other harsh chemicals, as they may damage other plants or unbalance the pH of the soil in your garden.