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The Guide For First-Time Gardeners

With the current need for us to spend more time at home comes the interest in new activities and hobbies. For many, this newfound time has led them to home projects and decorating, and with the temperatures warming up, that often includes gardening.

However, if this is your first time getting out there and planting, you’ll want to make sure you have all the knowledge you need to do it right.

For all those first-time gardeners who are finally embracing their inner green thumbs, we have some tips to help. Remember these five things below.

1. Plan Out The Spot

When it comes to when and where to plant your garden, you’ll want to consider a few things. For starters, it should be an area that you often see, so you’re more likely to keep it beautiful. While you’re planning, consider the plants you’ll want and the sun they’ll require. Some might need a broader range of sunlight than others – too little will lead to weak growth. It’s a common mistake first-time planters find themselves making, not to mention being close enough to a water source so you can water your plants with ease.

2. Soil Quality Matters

Whether you are planting in the ground or a flower bed, you’ll want to pay careful attention to the quality of soil you are utilizing. Look for an option that is nutrient-rich and well-drained. If planting in the ground, add it to the existing soil.

3. Plant Choice is Important

When laying out your plant design, it’s important to choose plants that can handle your climate and specific growing conditions, so take the time to research. Many plants are labeled with zones (the higher the zone, the warmer the climate), so learning your zone before you go shopping can make the process less stressful. It’s also important to consider whether you want to plant seeds or start with an existing plant. For first-timers, plants are a safer option.

4. Mulch Basics

The best way to reduce the need to weed your new garden and keep your water loss low is by correctly applying your mulch. Each plant should have
around 2 to 3 inches of mulch surrounding it.

5. Don’t Forget The Water

The most critical step when it comes to gardening is watering your plants. If you go about an inch deep in the soil, and feel that it’s dry, it’s time to water. You can use a nearby hose or consider a professional irrigation system for the best success. Not only can you ensure your plants get water when they need it, but you can reduce any water waste and increase your property value, too!

Consider a Professional Irrigation System

The staff at Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems is completely licensed, trained, and carries full insurance coverage. In addition, we hold memberships in the Irrigation Association and the Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association. We are known as one of the top 100 irrigation companies in America and happily serve our local community in Greenwich, Conn. as well as our neighboring towns.

Give us a call today at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.