Many people want to create a beautiful rose garden but don’t do it. So what’s stopping them? Well, rose gardening is perceived as a time-consuming endeavor. With the demands of daily life, many people find it hard to find a few extra hours for gardening.
But rose gardening does not have to consume lots of hours per day. There are many time-saving techniques and rose gardening tips that you can use to drastically reduce the tasks required to create and maintain a lovely rose garden.
Let’s take a look at 10 time-saving rose gardening tips:
- Plan in advance. Jot down important rose gardening tasks that need to be done each year on a calendar. Check the calendar frequently so that you are prepared in advance.
- Choose new roses carefully. Many rose varieties require a lot of pruning, spraying, and general hand-holding, but other types take much less attention. Ask your local Master Gardener for advice on which roses are good choices for your area.
- Keep your gardening tools sharp. Clean your tools after using them and give them a special cleaning during the colder months when you can’t work in the garden.
- Use mulch. Spread mulch on your lawn and garden to help kill weeds and maintain the moisture of the soil. This will save countless hours of watering and weeding.
- Use plastic buried in the soil to separate flowerbeds from the rest of the lawn. The plastic keeps plants and grass in their proper place and ensures that the plants have less competition for the nutrients they need.
- Spend a few minutes in applying the appropriate insecticide to your garden. Preventing bugs and other pests from infesting your garden takes less time than getting rid of the same of these insects later on.
- Make use of controlled-release fertilizers. This would ensure that your plants would receive proper nutrients all year long, and you won’t have to keep adding fertilizers every time the season changes.
- Invest in sprinklers, especially those with automated timers. Let them take care of the watering. You don’t have to do the actual watering of your plants; just let the sprinklers do the job for you.
- Consider using wildflowers instead of grass. Wildflowers are hardier and more pleasant to the eyes. They could also help embellish tricky corners and slopes. More importantly, wildflowers don’t need to be trimmed. You’ll save a lot of time and gas since you won’t have to mow them down.
- Order garden catalogs after Christmas so you will have time to study them before you buy new plants.
Gardening should be a pleasure, not just another household job. Try to spend time on the garden tasks you enjoy and cut back on the ones that seem like chores.