51. Herb gardens are best located close to the kitchen; particularly if the
herbs are used for cooking.
52. A sloping part of your yard may be the ideal location for a rock garden.
53. When cutting flowers, do so during the early morning for best results.
54. Native plants grow naturally in your climate and are less susceptible to insects and disease that occur in your area.
55. Rotate your vegetable crops each season to help reduce pest and disease problems.
56 Divide plants in the cool of the evening to avoid dehydration and replant them as soon as possible.
57. Generally, full sun means sunlight for at least 8 hours a day, part sun means between 4 and 6 hours and shade means less than 4 hours.
58. Coffee grounds make excellent mulch around acid-loving plants.
59. Improper plant placement often results in plants which won‘t flower, awkwardly shaped plants and frequent pruning.
60. Monochromatic gardens often make the most harmonious gardens.
61. Witch-hazel, one of the earliest blooming shrubs, provides welcome color to the landscape as early as march.
62. Plan for the future; know the mature size of trees and shrubs before you plant them.
63. Avoid piling back mulch against tree trunks as it may spread diseases and pests.
64. A lighter mulch, such as buckwheat hulls, is more suitable than back mulch for the perennial garden.
65. Use contrasting heights textures and color to draw the eye to a particular part of your garden.
66. Container gardens need plenty of fertilizer and frequent watering, especially during warm weather.
67. For ease of maintenance, flower beds should be about 5 feet wide.
68. The longer the growing season, the more compost is needed in the soil.
69. When watering, water deeply and thoroughly as frequent, shallow watering will discourage deep root growth.
70. Apply a slow release fertilizer to your perennial beds in the spring for a prolonged feeding.
71. Plant something new in your garden each season.
72. Mulch prevents weeds and helps soil retain moisture.
73. When planting a new tree, be sure that the top of the root ball is level with finish grade of the garden.
74. A bulb's spent blooms may be cut, but not the foliage. It provides food for the bulb for next year.
75. Fertilize bulbs again as they bloom. They are heavy feeders and another application will ensure beautiful blooms the following spring.
76. Upright evergreens are ideal for screens, windbreaks and sound barriers.
77. Some easy care perennials include, coreopsis, daylily, iris, sedum and daisy.
78. Some easy care shrubs include forsythia, spirea, rhododendron, privet and hydrangea.
79. Conserve water by collecting rain water in a barrel to use for watering your potted plants.
80. Deciduous trees offer welcome shade in the summer and allow the sun to shine through during the winter.
81. Earthworms are extremely beneficial to the soil and plants. Adding compost will encourage earthworms.
82. Healthy soil doesn't require chemical fertilizers.
83. Plant a fruit tree. What could be better than fresh fruit from your own garden?
84. Climbing flowers such as morning glories or clematis are great for screening unsightly walls or fences.
85. Plant varieties of shrubs and trees that produce seeds, berries and nuts to attract wildlife to your garden year-round.
86. Container gardens can accentuate interesting architectural details. For example, large planters with tall evergreens are great for framing an entry way.
87. Plant fast-growing evergreens for a quick screen.
88. If you have steps leading up to your front door, the use of planters will charm your visitors.
89. Stone found locally can tie your garden to the surrounding landscape.
90. When transplanting perennials be sure to be plant them at there original depth.
91. Many perennials, annuals and even flowering shrubs not only make great garden plants but wonderful cut flowers as well.
92. To give your patio the feeling of an outdoor room, consider the use of walls, arbors and trellises.
93. Pull weeds after a rain or watering as you are more likely to pull the entire root.
94. Pine needles make an excellent mulch for acid-loving plants.
95. Be sure to wash your pruners and saws after cutting diseased tree or shrub limbs.
96. Keep your tools sharp; well maintained tools help make gardening tasks easier.
97. Divide overgrown perennials in fall, while the weather is cooler.
98. Lavender flowers can be taken indoors and dried for their fragrance.
99. Avoid planting invasive species. They are very difficult to control and will spread through your garden.
100. Invest in a quality pair of garden gloves for pruning roses, raspberries and other thorny shrubs.