Send us your favorite time-saving garden tip for a chance to win a Gardener’s Supply Gift card!
Both experienced and novice gardeners are always looking for ways to save a bit of time doing garden chores, particularly at this time of year where, in many parts of the northern hemisphere, we move into the dreaded “garden clean up” chores.
Have you learned or created a way to save time on your spring, summer or fall gardening chores? Share it with our readers for a chance to win a Gardener’s Supply Gift Card!
Our 1st prize winner will receive a $250 Gardener’s Supply Gift Card; 2 semi-finalists will each win a $150 Gardener’s Supply Gift Card. Gardeners’ Supply offers a wonderful line of environmentally-friendly gardening products along with a wide range of gifts for gardeners.
HOW TO ENTER:
Enter today by commenting about your favorite time saving gardening tips by Leaving a Reply and then clicking on “Post Comment” at the end of this blog post or uploading your time saving garden tips to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/youreasygarden
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The deadline for contest entries is Oct. 31, 2014 and winners will be announced on Nov. 3, 2014. Winners will be selected by the Your Easy Garden editorial team and will be notified via Facebook or email.
In the meantime, here are 3 time-saving fall gardening tips . . .
1) Use spent leaves as winter mulch. When you cut back daylilies and other foliage plants, rather than hauling the leaves to the brush pile or compost heap, lay them around the plants or other neighboring perennials for extra winter-protection. By spring they will have partially decomposed and you may even find a nice worm colony under them!
2) Let your mower do the heavy work. Instead of spending hours raking your leaves, mow them! If you have an abundance, gather them up with a grass catcher or mower vacuum. The mix of grass and leaves is perfect as a winter-protection mulch around roses, garlic or spring-flowering bulbs. It also makes an excellent “cover” for your vegetable garden beds during the winter and then be turned into the soil in spring.
3) Plant bulbs the easy way. Fall is the time for planting spring-flowering bulbs, generally after the first few frosts. If you’re planting 8 or more bulbs, rather than painstakingly digging individual holes for each of them, make a hole that’s big enough for 4-5 bulbs, digging some bulb fertilizer into the bottom, and then replace the soil. Push the bulbs into the loose soil at the depth noted on the bulb planting instructions, and make certain all are covered well. Add mulch over the top for winter protection and if you have moles or even neighborhood dogs who may dig up the soil (especially if your bulb food contains bone meal), sprinkle mole-deterrent over the area.
We here at Tesselaar Plants understand that most people don’t have a lot of time to spend on gardening chores. That’s why we continually search for high performing, low-maintenance plants like Flower Carpet roses, Tropicanna canna, Volcano phlox and others.
We look forward to hearing YOUR time-saving gardening tips!
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