Posts Categorised: Gardening

Getting Your Lawn and Garden Ready

Ok so we have talked about gardening, spring renovations. Tea cup gardening, and forcing bulbs. This week is our second last week of Spring inspiration, and I am going to be writing about prepping your garden and your lawn for the summer.

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Raking your lawn is not NEEDED but its like giving your hair a trim to keep it healthy. We remove the dead grass by raking, and it makes the necessary room for the new fresh grass to come through. You want to wait until the ground is not soggy to begin your clean up. That way you don’t disturb the root system of the grass, and you wont make a huge mess.

Many people will also use aeration on their lawn. This is essentially punching holes in your grass.

Aerating your lawn is essential for ensuring that it has plenty of room to grow and thrive. Aerating is the process of removing little plugs of soil, giving benefits to the lawn. Some of the many benefits that are provided by aerating include:

  • Reduction in the amount of weeds
  • A greater amount of nutrients reaching the roots
  • Preventing soil compaction
  • Increases growth
  • Improves oxygen circulation at the roots
  • Help the roots absorb fertilizer
  • Help increase activity of friendly organisms such as earthworms

 

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Prepping Your Garden…….

Ok so your lawn is ready for the summer. But what about your garden? If you didn’t take care of it in the fall…. like me. Then you have plenty of work to do. You will need to clear out the dead plants, turn over the soil, and it wouldn’t hurt to add fertilizer and peat moss into the soil. Keep it fresh and full of nutrient.

The best part of spring for me is seeing my lilies, and bleeding hearts begin to pop up 🙂 Tomorrow we are doing Tea Cup gardening at work, and I am so excited to get my hands dirty. About another month until I feel safe enough about our weather to plant outside.

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The Best Flowers To Attract Butterflies

The other day I was walking to my van and I saw the first butterfly of the year! I was so excited 🙂 And then I thought…. wouldn’t it be nice if I had a butterfly garden? Yes! This year I will have tons of herbs, and beautiful flowers everywhere!! On a side note…. spiders don’t like mint. Just saying.

Butterflies don’t need anything fancy or expensive. Just a large, open, sun-filled area, some nectar flowers for adult Butterflies, some food sources for caterpillars, shelter from extreme weather, a shallow butterfly ‘pool’, and a few good sunning rocks. These are just a small sample of flowers that attract butterflies. These are my top favorites!

Yarrow
Salvia
Catmint
Garden Phlox
Delphinium
Along with flowers, butterflies like warm places to sit and sun themselves. If you have a few nice rocks they will sit on them and soak in the rays. You can have fun with the rocks! Why not paint them? You can paint flowers on them, garden quotes, anything you want.
Butterflies also need a little pool of water. Just a small dish, or tupperware. You could have a bird bath, and put pebbles, and a couple larger rocks in it. That way you have the water and the rocks all together.
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Butterflies for the most part will not harm your garden. The most harm they will cause is when they are caterpillars , and they will munch on some of your leaves. Moths on the other hand are a bit of a pain. For butterflies, its actually the opposite.  A healthy garden will attract butterflies, and they will balance your garden ecologically.
Well I hope that was helpful! Since I forgot to write a Spring post last week, this week I will be posting two!
Hmmmmm….. what will I post next time? Maybe a spring renovation is in store?
Stay tuned 🙂