Flowers, Garden, Vegetables start with healthy soil
Let’s take a drive down your street and look at the homes. Did you notice the ones that usually stand out are the ones with great curb appeal? Those are the homes with beautiful gardens and lawns that are lush and colorful. You too can create value for your home by keeping your lawn and gardens healthy.
The trick to a healthy garden is knowing how to feed your plants and lawns in a manner where they can thrive. With a little planning and by following the healthy water and soil rules, your home can be the pride on your street.  Most people over-water their lawns and they don’t even know it. Although healthy plants need water, they also need air to breath.
Healthy Plants start with Healthy Soil
It helps to know that the secret is in your soil. Plants all need a few simple things to thrive. Water, Air, and food. For those of you who think that watering your landscapes is food, please pay special attention. Water is easy, if you have a sprinkler timer, all you do is set your timer on a schedule and let it go. An even better alternative to this, is having a weather automated sprinkler system that knows not only when to water, but also when not to water.
What are the steps to creating those beautiful lawns and gardens?
  1. Roots. Roots that can grow deep and strong, create healthier plants. Soil that is soft enough for the roots to grow is essential. Creating soft soil comes from dirt that stays moist but not wet. Adding compost to the soil before you plant can create a softer soil because it helps to retain moisture without having to keep watering.
  2. Air. Roots need air! If you keep watering the soil you can drown your roots and cause your plants to become sick and die. Learn the difference between moist and wet. It is better to water deep and less often. When creating a watering schedule, put more water in the soil and wait for longer periods of time before watering again. A great way to solve this problem is with a weather automated sprinkler system. By using the weather and a evaporation algorithm, you have science behind your watering schedule.
  3. Food. Prepare your soil with a nitrogen rich fertilizer before you plant. Over fertilizing your plants while they are growing can cause root burn. Having a nitrogen rich soil helps to trap moisture in the soil, but let’s pockets of air accumulate so the roots have a chance to breath.
  4. Weeds. Remember that the weeds steal water from the plants so eliminate them early before your plants start to suffer. Keeping your garden weed free is not only healthy but creates a better-looking garden. Just remember when you pull weeds, try and get all the way down the root. It is the root that is causing the problem.