There is so much you can do when it comes to gardening. Although it can be a chore for some people, a lot of people see gardening as a relaxing and rewarding experience. It doesn’t matter what look you want to go for, there is always something that needs to be done when it comes to maintaining your garden and these tasks will need to be implemented all year round. With plenty of things that you can do to get the most out of your garden and keeping it looking good and healthy, it is a feature of your home that will always keep you busy. However, a lot of the time it can be difficult to know whether or not you need a professional for the job that needs doing.
So, to help you out a little we have highlighted three gardening jobs that you can do on your own, and three that you shouldn’t.
Do’s: Maintaining Your Lawn and Plants
Maintaining a healthy and presentable garden can be done by even the most amateur gardener. It is pretty easy to see when something is getting overgrown or when weeds are popping up in places you don’t want them to be. Examples of jobs that you will need to do in the garden are mowing the lawn, weeding, pruning shrubs, bushes, trees, and bigger plants, tidying up borders, and plant feeding and watering. Having the right tools and equipment to keep your garden looking good is important and will make the job a lot easier for you.
If you do have a big garden, don’t have time to look after and/or have limited mobility, there are always professionals out there who can give you a helping hand. Also, having a decent mower to mow your lawn with is definitely worth the money. Getting one you can drive is advised for those of you who have a lot of land you need to take care of. Then, having grass and plant feed, as well as suitable weed killers and pest repellents, is useful too.
Do’s: Making Your Garden a Home for Wildlife
With urbanization constantly taking place and expanding into the homes of our wildlife, having a garden that gives back to nature is something you really should consider. There are many ways you can do this. One way is by having an array of plants for bees to pollinate and for other creatures to live in and feed off. With more plants, you will attract birds. Having bird feeders, drinking water and nesting boxes set up for these feathery visitors is a great way to help them thrive, especially during the colder months. You can also make nest boxes on the floor within the shrubbery for little ground-dwelling visitors such as hedgehogs.
Do’s: Growing Your Own Food
Growing fruit and vegetables yourself is an extremely rewarding experience. Not only does it save you a bit of money and encourage you to eat healthier, but it also ensures that the food you are eating is fresh and organic. Having a greenhouse is a great way to get the most out of your food producers and reduces the use of pesticides, making your garden more environmentally friendly. If you do grow food outside and you use pesticides, make sure they are bee friendly, as these insects are extremely important and numbers of them are declining. It is better if you take the time to use natural methods of repelling pests rather than the chemical kind.
Don’ts: Tree Clearing or Tidying
When it comes to clearing a forested area or tidying up a big tree, it is unlikely you will have the heavy-duty tools and cutters to carry out the process and to get the ground prepared. However, hiring help from a professional gardening service means that this job will be done correctly. They will definitely have the right tools and equipment for the job, such as machetes, battery chainsaws, and more. As well as this, people who perform this kind of tree service also have the manpower needed for the job and will know all the safety precautions to take.
Don’ts: Adding New and/or Delicate Plants
Unless you have a lot of knowledge when it comes to plants, having a professional agronomist to plant new flowers, shrubs and trees is highly advisable if you want these new additions to thrive. This kind of gardening service will have special expertise when it comes to plant health and other factors that relate to their health. They will do everything necessary, such as preparing the soil, planting the new additions, pruning them, weeding plus other tasks needed for ultimate success. Experts will also be able to spot issues such as disease and pests, which can stop the damage before it gets out of hand.
Don’ts: Patio Installation
Getting a new patio or extending your original one can require a lot of work and again, although it can be done by yourself, it is much better for both quality and the value of your home to hire a professional to add this feature. Tiling a patio can get complicated, especially if the tiles need to be cut to fit certain sections, or the cement you’re using is darker than the tiles (as it will require precision and/or a thorough clean after it has set). If you are adding to a patio that you already have, hiring a professional means they will be able to find the exact or closest match to your original tiles. Also, if your original tiles are a bit worn out, an expert will be able to clean them so they look fresh and match better.
With plenty to keep you busy, having a garden can be a pain for some, but it really can give back in many ways. Not only can it approve the appearance of your home, but it can also give back to nature, which does so much for us. However, making sure you know when to get help is very important for both the look of your garden as well as your own safety.