I want my lawn and vegetable garden to be just as lush a productive as they were last year. Using our yard to hang out or entertain is a highlight of our summer and we want it to look and feel inviting.
It’s taken me a few years to figure out what’s best for my yard, and with each year, I’m starting to see my effort pay off.
This week I’ve begun sprucing things up in anticipation of our annual Mother’s Day brunch and want to share a few tips with you to help you get your yard ready for entertaining.
Lawn and Vegetable Garden Tips for Newbies
Tip 1: Feed your lawn first.
Before you tackle any other project, feed your lawn. It’s the first thing people see when they drive up.Your lawn will never look fabulous if you don’t feed it.
Within minutes your entire lawn from the front of the house to the back can be fed. Scotts® Green MAX™ Lawn Food green up your lawn in 3 days which is especially good if you need to perk up your lawn just before a cookout.
Tip 2: Use a water hose timer.
If you don’t have in ground irrigation use a water timer attached to your hose. Once it’s set up, you’ll never have to wonder if your lawn has been watered because the process will be on autopilot.
Some timers work on Wi-Fi and can even be controlled from your computer or mobile phone.
Tip 3: Break down gardening tasks.
When growing a vegetable garden break tasks down into things you can complete in 30 minutes or less. One day you may shop for plants and another day clear out any weeds or turn over the soil.
Don’t try to do it all at once. Gardening is a marathon not a sprint. Once the weather warms, you can plant things all year long depending on where in the country you live.
Tip 4: Swap with neighbors.
Swapping allows you to try new plants before making a full commitment. Oftentimes plants will get too big for a space and can be divided.
My neighbor and I both garden and some years different plants grow better in her yard than mine. Over the years we built a tradition of swapping everything from clippings to full plants and even vegetables.
Tip 5: Enjoy the process.
When you can sit back and enjoy all of the beautiful flowers and vegetables from your yard, it’s indescribably amazing.
Biting into fresh tomatoes and lettuce from my garden is so rewarding. What’s that old say about stopping to smell the roses. Make sure you take time to sit and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Tip 6: Find everything your garden needs a Walmart.
To prepare my yard for the warmer months I go to the Walmart Garden Center. I’m always able to find everything I need in one trip.
All of the tomato, kale, lettuce and herb seeds I needed were right in the same area as the Scotts® Green MAX™ Lawn Food and a WIZZ™ Spreader.
I hope the tips I shared help you achieve a fresh and full green look for your lawn for entertaining and an abundance of vegetables for your kitchen.
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