Time-Saving Garden Tips Contest!

Contest

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!

Gardener's Supply gift cardOur 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

PLEASE NOTE: If you have multiple time-saving tips, please enter them each individually.

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 . . .

winter garden preparation

The spent leaves from these daylilies will make great winter mulch for the neighboring Volcano phlox

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!

 

Fall foliage at Old First Church, Bennington VT

As beautiful as these leaves are, raking them is a gardener’s nightmare!

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.

spring-blooming bulbs

Planting bulbs in groups of 4 or more makes for a more natural display

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.

 

 

easy care plants

Low-maintenance plants like Flower Carpet roses, ornamental grasses and Volcano phlox save busy gardeners loads of time!

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!

Scroll down to “LEAVE a REPLY” below to send us your favorite tip! Please don’t forget to click on “POST COMMENT” in order to submit your tip. ↓↓↓↓

 

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20 Responses to Time-Saving Garden Tips Contest!

  1. Bertha Callahan September 28, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    To make the leaves on your plants greener ,and heathy.spray with a solution of Epsom salt and water

  2. Carrie Glenn September 29, 2014 at 1:23 am #

    I have to grow everything in pots, because I am on crutches permanently, so when I plant or refresh the soil in the pots in the spring, I put down cedar mulch, and then Preen. I don’t have to weed the entire season.I grow vegetables, flowers, and ornamental grasses in 75 pots in clusters around my yard.

  3. Melissa A. September 29, 2014 at 1:59 am #

    Always be sure to soak roots in a bucket of eater for a couple of hours when transplanting anything. It makes a huge difference in the growthyou will get if you loosen the roots so they are not bound.

  4. sherry Underwood September 29, 2014 at 4:58 am #

    As I am getting older I do not rake leaves anymore, I just mow over them and let them fertilize the yard. I live in the country and can get by with this!

  5. sherry Underwood September 29, 2014 at 5:00 am #

    I do a lot more container gardening than I used to…less weeding!

  6. Rachel Myers September 29, 2014 at 6:35 pm #

    My quick tip is do a little each day..do 1hard job, such as trim down the vines that need to be pruned..then do 1 easy job, such as deadheading flowers that are not bird food friendly. Do this each day until all chores are done.it helps get more chores done and in less time and not so back breaking.

  7. Patricia Lanza September 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    As the author of Lasagna Gardening I practice what I preach: layer all the organic matter you can find and never dig or till.

  8. Judy Marsh September 30, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I have a large garden on a hill with a mountain stream running through it. Every year I buy a few perennials that bloom at different times throughout the summer. Eventually I will not have to spend so much on annuals.

  9. Mary Jacobsen October 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    After frost has killed the tops of your potted tender bulbs like dahlias, trim off the dead matter and put the pot in your garage for the winter. In spring pull out the pot, water and fertilize then put it in a sunny spot. No pulling, cleaning and storing of the bulbs. Way less mess and effort.

  10. Carole Cox October 21, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Use simple black garbage bags for weed control. Arrange them over the desired area weighting them down with stones. The black will absorb heat and sterilize the soil. You can put mulch or compost a on top as desired.

  11. Betty Summers October 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    I find making sure gardening tools ,rakes ,hoe, shears etc..are clean,sharpened,sanitized and ready for next season.organize and replace anything you are out of,gloves,fertilizer etc…makes it so much easier and makes you feel good everythings in order and ready to use.

  12. Betty Summers October 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    If there’s a plant you love and want more of,go ahead and spread the seeds when dead heading on ground ,cover with straw or much .usually seeds will come up in the spring.

  13. Claudia Cristina October 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    From our own experience buying plants from a reputable greenhouse is a big time and effort saver. While they may be slightly more expensive to purchase, the root system and disease resistance is much better from a greenhouse than a big box store. The strong root system helps while transplanting them in the yard, and also helps the plant get water from a wider area reducing the amount of watering that we need to do. Also this helps get additional nutrients to the fruit, vegetable or flower. The disease resistance seems to be the case, because we have never had any real problems with mildews or rusts.

  14. Victor SF October 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    It’s that time again to get the lawn prepared for the winter. We mulch all the leaves rather than rake and bag them. This saves us quite a bit of time just taking an all day task to approximately one hour. While it’s much easier to mow over the leaves than to rake them up, it also helps the lawn too. We allow the nutrients from the leaves to degrade naturally and turn into just a little bit of topsoil.

  15. Bernadette Corcoran October 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    Remember to take in outdoor plants that can be use inside or if they are to big get rootings of them.to bring in.

  16. Jennie Brooks October 30, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    using a bucket to carry my tools, bottle of water, gloves, glasses, hat, etc.

  17. Jason Von December 22, 2015 at 3:17 am #

    One trick I use is that leave a thick layer of compost on beds every spring, which suffocates weeds and offers a wealthy foundation for existing and new plants.

  18. Sam - LeafVacuumHQ March 1, 2016 at 7:41 am #

    A great list of tips especially tip number 1 about using leafs as winter mulch.

  19. Louise Clark December 4, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    I never even thought about making a garden that is bee friendly; that’s a great idea! My husband and I are new to gardening since we’ve never owned a yard before, but now we want to make ours really nice and lush! We’ll be sure to get flowers that are both bee and pollinator friendly. Hopefully that will help keep the rest of my flowers healthier as well!

  20. Jimmy Rey December 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    Great work. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Many thanks for sharing all the tips.

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