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When you decide to start gardening, it seems like there is so much to know. Maintaining a beautiful garden is a lot of hard work, but with the following advice, you will be able to take control of your garden with more efficiency.
Know your USDA Hardiness Zone
The USDA Hardiness Zone is a standard that gardeners use to determine what plants will thrive at their location. It is essential to follow this guide so you do not plant trees, shrubs, or perennials that will not survive winters in your area. You will also get a better idea of when to expect your last frost date in spring, so you know when to plant vegetables, fruits, and annuals.
Learn how long your growing season is
The time between your last frost in spring and the first frost in the fall is your growing season. Every area has a different growing season, and it is essential to know when the growing season for your location is so you can properly plant inside the growing season and avoid growing them out of season.
Pay attention to how much light different plants need
Grow vegetables in a location that will get at least 8 hours of direct sunlight every day. Each plant will need different light exposure to develop fully. Most vegetables will need full sun to be the most productive.
Best approaches for controlling weeds
Weeds in the garden are best controlled by either hand-weeding or hoeing. Avoid hoeing or cultivating too deeply or the weed’s seeds can be brought to the soil’s surface and germinate. Weed early and often so weeds do not seed. Mulch can smother and prevent annual weeds from developing.
Gardening can be tricky as there are many different elements you have to pay attention to. With a bit of practice and experience, you will have yourself a beautiful garden setup.
Garden Girls, located in Annapolis, Maryland, has over 20 years of gardening experience. If you are looking for gardening services, let the experts at Garden Girls handle your gardening projects. Call or email us to schedule a consultation at 410-263-1133 or [email protected].