When the nice weather is here, we all want to be in our garden enjoying the sunshine and sitting in our well-maintained outdoor areas. You can’t do this if you don’t get organized.
If you are looking at your garden and thinking that you really need to get organized before you can actually sit down and enjoy it, then you need to get started now. It can be a little daunting, to begin with, but don’t worry, we have put together some of the easy ways you can get your garden in order before it’s too late:
Store All Your Tools Together
If you enjoy gardening, you will probably have tonnes of tools that always just seem to be lying around your garden somewhere. With your tools scattered around, they are not only a hazard but can also make your garden look messy. Think about getting something like a tools shed or horse shed if you have a larger garden so you can easily store them out of sight and know where they are when you need them.
Create A Planting Schedule
All plants are different and need different conditions to thrive. Some need tropical environments while others will do better in the cold weather. It’s important for you to plant the right plants at the right time. Think about putting together a planting schedule that you can follow, this way you will always have the plants that you want in your garden and won't miss your opportunity.
Think About Wildlife
You need to think about the types of wildlife that live local to you. Some of these animals like to eat plants, therefore, you need to be mindful of what you are planting in your gardens, particularly your front garden. It may be a good idea to do some research and find out which plants are inedible to animals in your local area, this way you are protecting the wildlife and you are also creating a nice-looking garden. You should also think about planting some wildflowers or adding in some insect homes or bee houses to support the natural world.
Not only do you need to think about what plants your local wildlife may eat, but if you own pets, or animals that you keep outside, you will also need to consider their safety from larger wild animals too. A lot of people will choose to keep chickens, ducks, and other smaller birds outside, along with other domesticated pets such as rabbits. While keeping these animals in cages for their protection is a good idea, sometimes you may need to do a little more, especially if you have a lot of local wildlife that may potentially prey on the animals you keep.
A common animal that many people will see rummaging around their gardens, or even on the streets are raccoons. While mostly harmless, and more interested in what they can scavenge, it would be worth asking yourself “Do raccoons eat chickens, along with other small animals, or are they safe from them?”. It isn’t just raccoons that you should be aware of if you own smaller animals that live outside though. Depending on what part of the world you live in there can be foxes, bobcats, weasels, snakes, and even large rats have been known to try their luck in attacking smaller domestic pets.
Animal attacks generally happen more frequently in the colder months, and when available food to scavenge is more scarce. However, you should be vigilant at all times ensuring you keep your pet food away from where your pets are outside. This will not only help keep your garden tidy and organized, but it will reduce the likelihood of local pests sniffing around for easy food to eat.
Stay On Top Of Maintenance
An organized garden will always be a well-maintained garden. You will find that if it’s managed well it will look great and feel great to spend time out there. Walk around your garden once a week and make note of anything that needs to be done. If you do it often, you will find that it doesn’t pile up and it doesn’t take long to get the tasks done. For example, pulling out a few weeds rather than a few months worth of growth will take you minutes in comparison to hours. You may prefer to arrange for a gardener to come in every few weeks to do these types of tasks, especially if you have a busy schedule throughout the week.
These four tips should help you to get your garden nice and organized so you can stay on top of it with minimal effort. Do you have any other tips that could help? Please share them in the comments below.