Its the time of year for resolutions…so what is your gardening resolution? While you are planning your goals for 2019 why not add one more? A gardening goal! It might seem like in this cold, grey time of year gardening is the furthest thing from your mind. But it is never to early to start planning. Here are some easy to stick to goals to consider. Or come up with your own!
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1. Try Something New! – Is there a perennial or shrub that you have been admiring, but never got around to adding to your landscape? Are you trying to add more spring color? Choose a shrub that will feed the birds in the winter? Think back to what area your landscape may be lacking in, and start researching for the perfect item to complete it!
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2. Regular Maintenance – Just like with anything, keeping up with the maintenance on something can be a tough, but it is necessary to long term success. Do weeds get out of control in your perennial bed? Forget to trim the spring blooming shrubs at the right time of the year? Again? No matter what task it is you may be putting to the wayside, consider how you might be better about it this year. Try marking on your calendar things like pruning times. Or make a pact with yourself that every Wednesday night you will spend two hours weeding. Little changes like that can make a big difference in the health of your landscape.
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3. Get Involved – Looking to connect with other gardeners? This is a great way to find like minded people, learn about new plants, learn tips and tricks or find someone to trade plants with. Almost every community has a garden club, check out a meeting. Or start one with your friends! You could also join a group online. Of follow a gardening blog, or tune into a podcast. There are so many ways to connect with others and learn.
We hope one of these ideas inspired you. Try one of them, or allow them to influence your own ideas. We hope you have a successful 2019! Happy Planting!