Are you looking for things that you can do in the new year to make life even better for you and your family? Chances are that you have made resolutions for yourself. Why not make some for your yard and your landscape too? Below are 9 resolutions that you can use to help your garden and your yard look even better in the new year.
Start to Compost
If you are interested in having a really good supply of soil that’s rich in nutrients for your vegetable plot or gardens, one of the best ways that you can ensure this is through composting. Install a bin for compost or start your own compost pile. Start by composting “greens,” like fruit and vegetable scraps or plant clippings, coffee grounds, egg shells and more. It’s going to help with minimizing how much waste you’re sending to the landfills and reducing your need for using fertilizer in your gardens. It also will help with saving water.
Prune Your Trees and Shrubs
When your deciduous trees and shrubs go dormant during the winter, this is going to be the very best time that you can prune them. It’s best to prune evergreens during their growing season. Remember to use the right safety gear and proper tools.
Plant Some Seeds Inside
Rather than buying your flowers from nurseries, you will be able to save a lot of money when you grow your annuals from seeds in your house during the wintertime or in early spring. Annuals that are slow growing should be planted beneath grow lights 6 to 8 weeks before they’re transplanted to the garden. You also should plan to do the transplanting after there’s no danger of frost.
Plan Your Own Vegetable Garden
If this isn’t something that you have already, you should begin to plan the plot during the wintertime. Fresh, organic and look produce is valuable but can be expensive. So planting your own vegetables and growing them is going to help you save money. Plus you know exactly what is going into your vegetables, unlike the vegetables that you buy in the store.
Conserve Your Water
A lot of places in the country are having trouble with drought. That’s why you want to think about conserving water. It’s a good idea to think about removing the lawn and planting native plants, putting down artificial turf, or expanding your patio. This isn’t just going to help you with saving water, but you’re also going to reduce the lawn care that needs to be done.
Improve the Drainage in Your Yard
When your ground’s not frozen, during wintertime or early in spring is going to be a great time for installing French drains. When the wet weather arrives, this improvement in yard drainage is going to promote a lawn that’s healthier as well as reduce the possibility of your basement flooding. French drains include trenches filled with gravel as well as a pipe perforated with holes. This will redirect the runoff from the surface and the groundwater from the house.
Have a Greener Thumb
One of the things that you should do is to think of the ways that you can reduce your carbon footprint and energy consumption. One way that you can do this is through retiring the gas lawnmower and use an old-fashioned push mower. You can use lights that are solar-powered for your walkways, put solar powers on your home to give you energy and grow food yourself to lower carbon emissions that come from transporting the food that the farm produces.
The outdoor space at your home is going to be a lot more livable and comfortable if they’re decluttered and organized, similar to the way that your home is. Put away your yard tools, gardening supplies and your pool equipment. If there’s no special place that you keep them, it’s a good idea to buy a shed. Straighten and organize your lawn and patio equipment. When you are better organized, you are going to want to entertain family and friends outside and spend more time in the outdoors.
Test the Soil
If your lawn and garden underperformed in the past year, it could be due to the soil being high when it comes to phosphorus or low in the nitrogen levels. If you take some time and test the soil, you’re going to know the type of fertilizer that you should buy when spring comes to ensure that your grass, flowers and vegetables are growing. It’s a good idea to test 5 to 7 places through the yard, based on the size of it.
These are 9 things that you want to do when it comes to resolutions for your new year. These are going to help you have a wonderful garden and landscape that you can enjoy with your friends and family. These resolutions are just a start!