PROPER IRRIGATION- Water
thoroughly and deeply, then
allow the soil to dry out for a few days to encourage root growth.
Don't rely on rain for moisture & water more when it is hot or
windy. 2) MULCH- Mulch helps keep soil moisture
and temperature consistent. It eliminates competition from weeds and
prevents mower injuries. 3) BALANCED NUTRITION- Apply slow-release
fertilizers early in the season or top dress the surrounding soil
with compost. Use half-strength water-soluble fertilizers only as
needed to give small plants a boost. Stop feeding altogether by mid
to late July. 4) PROPER SITING- Give plants the amount
of light and type of
soil that they need to flourish, based on the needs of their species.
5) PULL WEEDS!- They compete with plants and harbor insect
pests. They also block air flow, promoting fungal growth. 6) DEAD HEAD- Remove spent flowers and dried
foliage. 7) DE-SUCKER- Prune off aggressive shoots
that grow at the base
of trees as soon as you notice them and as low as you can cut them. 8) THIN OUT- Fast growing shrubs should
be thinned out every 2-3 yearsby cutting
out 1/3 of the oldest, thickest stems at their bases. 9) DIVIDE- Dig up and divide overgrown flowers
in the spring. 10) HAVE FUN!- Gardening can be very relaxing.
It is also great exercise! Make a hobby out of it and you will be