Don’t you just love the spring? It’s during spring that everything comes to life. I especially love cutting my grass for the very first time after a long winter. Of course gardening is a lot of fun for me because everyone tells me I have the best looking yard on the block. Let me share with you a few tips on how I achieved this honor.
When I first fell in love with my yard it was about 25 years ago and I picked up a lot of great tips from Jerry Baker’s “On The Garden Line” radio show. So I have to give credit to him for some of these suggestions.
First off, I am almost a 100% organic gardener. Every once in a while something comes along that I feel requires a chemical in a bottle — but 99% of the time everything I put on my lawn, flowers and shrubs is organic.
Each week I feed my lawn with a spray that I make myself. Into a normal hose-end sprayer I pour a 12 oz can of beer, a 12 oz glass of apple juice, a cup of amber antiseptic mouthwash, a cup of ammonia and a cup of liquid dish soap.
The soap is designed to reduce tension and clean the lawn of toxins. The beer breaks down thatch by creating an enzyme action. The apple juice feeds your lawn with healthy sugar while the amber antiseptic mouthwash fights off diseases. The ammonia greens up your lawn.
If you do this every week your lawn will look unbelievable. During very hot spells water your lawn early in the morning. Between weekly applications of the lawn potion, fill your hose-end sprayer with a cup of dish soap and spray your lawn.
I do admit that I occasionally will use a weed and feed product. Truth is, though, when your lawn is thick and healthy weeds have a hard time making an appearance.
You should also use the magic potion on all of your flowers and shrubs. But before you do that, make sure you have good, rich soil in your flower beds. Here is what I did to prepare the soil in my beds.
I rented a tiller and tilled all the flower beds. I then added a couple of inches of compost and a couple inches of sphagnum peat moss plus a few hands full of sand every foot or so. I then tilled all of this together, down as deep as I possibly could. When I was done, I was able to reach deep down into the soil; as I raised my hand the dirt would literally fall loosely between my fingers.
About compost: Many cities make free compost available in certain city parks or botanical centers, or you can make your own. Compost is a wonderful addition to your soil.
After planting your flowers and shrubs, cover your soil with a thick layer of compost. If there is no compost available, use a hardwood mulch.
These are a just a few of the tricks that have really worked for me. If you follow these steps regularly you will have a great looking yard!