Monday, July 17, 2017

Your Yard Is Not Just For The Summer

Understandably, most people prefer to complete their garden projects during the summer when the weather is a little more pleasant. However, this is no excuse to let the yard wither and die during winter. Just because you’re not lying on a lawn chair sipping cold drinks, doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful view while you read indoors. True, most plants tend to die in the winter due to lack of sunshine and too much rain, but there are plenty of ways you can keep the yard blooming year round.
You don’t have to wait until spring or summer to start growing your own vegetables. During the winter months your vegetable plot could still yield onions, garlic, asparagus, broad beans, and carrots - you’ve got most of the makings of a delicious winter stew right there. Growing your own vegetables can save you money, ensure that your food isn’t covered in harmful pesticides, and it can give you a decent workout; all that digging, weeding, and mowing has a wonderful effect on your body. All these benefits shouldn’t be restricted to only half of the year.
The grass is always greener
There’s no need to let your lawn get brown and lifeless during winter. If you’re not sure how to keep the grass lush and green during the colder months then you need to learn more about lawn care and use your new knowledge to rescue your yard. Winter is an ideal time to just stick to some basic maintenance for your garden tools, since most of them don’t need to be used. All you need to do is keep the grass at a good length (either by yourself or with a service) and just make sure your gardening tool are sharp for the spring. When mowing the grass, however, make sure it’s completely dry after all that winter rain. Otherwise you could spread disease and clog up your lawnmower.
It’s not an easy challenge to keep your garden blooming throughout the year, but it’s not entirely impossible. You could try to grow flowers that bloom year-round, such as star jasmine, Chrysanthemums, or an evergreen like sacred bamboo, or your could just make it easier on yourself and plant a different flowerbed in each corner of the garden for each season. In winter, you could be treated to the sight of holly, roses, or Star of Bethlehem. In the summer, however, you will smell gardenia, lilac, and baby’s breath. It’s a great way to know for certain when the seasons have changed.

Even as the seasons change, you might notice that you yard will always require a bit of work. As summer makes an appearance, you’ll need more pesticides to protect your plants. When the leaves start to fall, you’ll need to do a lot of raking to prevent the leaves from clogging up your lawn - otherwise this will cause thatching, which can lead to grass disease. A yard will always be hard work, but the results are worth it.

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