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Time, Money, and Effort-Saving Gardening Tips

Maintaining a beautiful garden is a lot of work. So check out these gardening tips that can help you work more efficiently—and put less burden on your wallet.

Start with healthy soil in your garden.

For nutrient-rich planting beds, work in compost, manure, or dried peat moss. The amended soil is lighter, drains better, is easier to weed, and encourages roots to establish themselves faster.

Garden tools should always be close at hand.

In your garden, keep an extra set of hand tools and garden twine in a waterproof container. Then, you won't have to hurry to the garage or potting shed for supplies if you see weeds, broken rose canes or a stem that needs tying up.

Make a container garden.

Set up a multitiered container garden in a shaded spot if you can't get anything to grow beneath trees or along fences. It would be best to plant shade-loving perennials and compact shrubs in adequately sized containers placed on stands of varying heights. Alternatively, plain green pots that blend in with the background and don't compete with the floral display can be used.

Fertilize more smartly rather than more aggressively.

Use time-release fertilizers to nourish gardens and pots over an extended period. You won't have to fertilize as often this way.

Keep your gardening tools in good working condition.

Make sure your garden equipment is clean and sharp, so they last longer and perform better. Use ergonomically designed equipment, kneepads, or kneeling mats to relieve joint stress—pain-free bodies perform more efficiently in the garden.

Invest in native plants.

Purchase enhanced varieties of natural plants and grasses in your area. They'll grow with minimal attention and are likely to be your garden's most attractive plants.

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