Spring Garden Tips
Five Minute Garden Maintenance

Improve your garden’s beauty, increase your enjoyment, and reduce stress five minutes at a time.

JavaScript is disabled!
To display this content, you need a JavaScript capable browser.

Garden Maintenance in 5 minutesGardeners know and research proves that gardening is good for your mind, body, and spirit. But busy schedules often lead to neglected projects, weedy gardens, and long “To Do” lists.

Fight the overwhelming desire to give up. Look for small tasks that can be done while waiting for a ride or as your family gets organized for the next activity.

Keep a weather-proof container or two filled with gloves, your favorite weeder, and pruners handy. This insures your limited time will be spent weeding or deadheading instead of looking for tools.

You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in a few minutes. Plus, tackling your landscape one small task at a time can be less overwhelming and less stressful.

And don’t be afraid to hire a professional to bring overwhelming jobs back down to a manageable size.

A bit more information: In the future look for ways to get the most out of every landscape task you do. Mulching, for example, suppresses weeds, conserves moisture, and helps improve the soil as the organic mulch breaks down. You get lots of benefits from one activity.

Share
 

Related Garden Moments for Radio

Algae Control in Water Gardens

Keep the algae at bay and your pond water clear with a few strategies to keep your water garden in balance.

Read more...

Celebrate Earth Day - Everyday

Make everyday Earth Day and commit to managing your landscape and gardens in tune with nature.

Listen to Celebrate Earth Day - Everyday...

Cleaner Air Mowing

The grass is up and growing and the roar of lawn mowers can be heard throughout the neighborhood. Minimize the negative impact of your gas mower on the environment with a few easy tricks.

Listen to Cleaner Air Mowing...

Containing Aggressive Plants

Mint, beebalm, and purple coneflower are garden favorites that often get out of hand. Tame these and other garden bullies with a few planting and maintenance strategies.

Listen to Containing Aggressive Plants...

Convert Mailbox into In-garden Tool Storage

Decrease wasted time and increase your gardening efficiency by keeping your tools and gloves handy whenever gardening.

Listen to Repurpose old Mailbox...

Create a Tool Cleaning Station

Make a resolution to keep your tools clean and ready for use by creating a tool cleaning station in your shed or garage.

Listen to.. Create a Tool...

Cutting Back Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses add motion, sound and texture to the winter garden. Prune them back once the worst of winter weather has passed and before new growth begins.

Read more...

Deadheading Flowers for Maximum Beauty

Keep your flowers blooming longer and your garden tidier with a bit of deadheading.

Listen to Garden Moment..

Deadheading Leggy Annuals and Perennials

Add new life to your summer landscape with a bit of deadheading, pinching and planting.

"Listen to . . . Deadheading Leggy Annuals

Dealing with Floppy Perennials

Avoid floppy perennials and eliminate the need for staking with proper selection and care.

Read more...

Design Strategies for a Low Maintenance Landscape

A thoughtful plan or a few changes in your current design can help reduce your workload and improve the beauty of your landscape.

Read more...

Design with Maintenance in Mind

Reduce your maintenance and increase the beauty of your perennial garden with proper design.

Plants are dynamic, always growing and changing requiring some care. But a good design can help minimize maintenance while creating a beautiful garden you'll enjoy for years to come.

Read more...

Disbudding Dahlias

Trying to grow those dinner plate size dahlia blooms? Selection and disbudding will help you achieve your goal.

Read more...

Dividing Spring and Summer Blooming Perennials

Late summer through early fall is a great time to dig and divide overgrown spring and summer blooming perennials.

Read more...

Don't Top That Tree

Stop – don’t top that tree. Instead, make sure it is properly pruned for years of health, beauty, and enjoyment in your landscape.

Listen to Pruning Trees...

Edging Garden Beds

Boost your landscape’s looks and reduce maintenance with the help of a straight edge shovel and a bit of your time.

Listen to Edging Garden Beds...

Eliminate Floppy Perennials

Flopping perennials can ruin the beauty and enjoyment of your garden. Take note and prevent future problems with a bit of proactive care.

Listen to floppy Perennials...

Evergreen Needles Good for the Garden

Put pine, spruce and other evergreen needles to work in the garden.

Listen to...Evergreen Needles...

Fall Care for Perennials - Let Them Stand

Let ‘em stand for winter - perennials that is - for a healthier more floriferous garden next year.

Listen to Fall Care for Perennials...

Fall Cleanup - Don't Forget the Tools

As you pack it in for the winter, don’t forget about your garden tools.

Listen to Storing Garden Tools...

Fall Soil Test

Grab a trowel and clean bucket and then head out to the garden to gather a soil sample for testing.

Listen to Fall Soil Test...

Flower Garden Design Basics

Creating a beautiful flower garden can be overwhelming, but understanding a few key concepts can make it much easier.

Listen to Flower Garden Design Basics...

Flowers Fail to Bloom

Summer heat and drought can be hard on our plants and impact our gardens beauty and productivity. We can’t change the weather but we can help our plants through these stressful times.

Listen to Flowers Fail to Bloom...

Garden Longer with Less Aches and Pains - It's National Garden Week

Avoid sore and strained muscles that often arise after a long day in the garden. A few simple changes in your gardening habits can keep you gardening longer and with fewer aches, pains and strains.

Read more...

Garden Math - Ordering Mulch and Topsoil

Don’t end up with a driveway full of excess topsoil and mulch waiting for friends and family to haul away the surplus for their gardens. Do a bit of math in advance and order just the amount needed.

Listen to Ordering Mulch and Topsoil...

Gardener's Tool Kit; Pruning Tools

Before you head out to the garden to do a bit of pruning, make sure you have the right tool for the job.

Use a bypass hand pruner for deadheading and pruning woody stems up to ¾ of an inch in diameter. These pruners have two sharp blades like scissors, resulting in a clean cut that closes quickly. Look for a quality pruner with replaceable blades.

Read more...

Hosta of the Year

Hostas are great for shade and low maintenance gardens. But with hundreds of choices it can be a bit overwhelming. So the American Hosta Growers Association has stepped in to help.

Listen to Hosta of the Year...

Increase Your Garden's Beauty with Late Spring Grooming

Save yourself some maintenance and improve the beauty of your landscape with some late spring grooming.

Read more...

Keep an Eye on the Weather and Grow a Better Garden

Be a weather watcher and grow a better garden. Weather events like spring floods, summer droughts, temperature extremes and unseasonable weather episodes can have long term impact on our plants.

Listen to Grow a Better Garden...

Landscape Plans & Planting Records

Fading plant labels and disappearing tags can make planning and maintaining your garden a bit challenging. Avoid these frustrations by writing it down.

Read more...

Less Mowing and Hand Trimming, Better for You and Your Landscape

Eliminate hand trimming around garden statues, playsets, narrow spaces and individual trees and shrubs. Invest a bit of time now to eliminate time spent on these tasks in the future.

Read more...

Limbing Up (pruning lower branches) Trees

Put away the saw and enjoy the beauty of your mature evergreen.

Listen to Limbing Up (pruning lower branches) Trees...

Low Maintenance - Big Impact Perennials

Don’t let a lack of time, energy or space stop you from growing perennials. Instead select and grow low maintenance plants with big impact.

Listen to Low Maintenace...

Low Maintenance Design Tips

Listen to Garden Moment...

Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Garden Looking Its Best

Keep your plants looking their best and weeds under control with just a few adjustments to your gardening.

Read more...

Monitor and Adjust Tree Care

Improve the health and longevity of your trees and shrubs with a bit of preventative care.

Listen to Tree Care...

Mulch Your Way to a Beautiful Low Maintenance Garden

Summers are filled with barbeques, vacations, and caring for our landscapes. Mulching is one way to save time and effort over a season or two, giving you more time for fun.

Listen to Garden Moment..

Mulching

Save time and energy and keep your landscape looking its best with mulch.

Listen to Garden Moment...

Panicle Hydrangeas

Brown thumb? No worries, brown and green thumb gardeners alike can have success growing panicle hydrangeas, the hardiest and most adaptable of the hydrangeas.

Read more...

Pinching Indoor and Outdoor Plants into Beautiful Specimens

Gardeners and garden books often tell you to pinch back your plants for fuller more compact growth. But we often fail to give the details that put you at ease and increase your success.

Read more...

Preparing the Lawn Mower for the Season

Prepare your lawn mower now for the grass cutting season ahead. You will minimize breakdowns, frustration, and improve the health and beauty of your lawn.

Listen to Preparing Your Lawn Mower...

Preventing & Overcoming Disease Problems

Keep your plants looking good and be kind to the environment despite the risk of disease problems.

Listen to Preventing Plant Diseases...

Proper Watering

Plants like people need water for healthy growth and development. Gardeners often need to supplement rainfall to keep plants healthy. If done right, it can make the difference between a failed garden and success. Done wrong, it increases disease problems, causes greater drought stress for your plants and wastes water.

Read more...

Pruning Perennials

Tame those unruly perennials with a little early season pruning.

Listen to Garden Moment...

Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer When Gardening

Cover up before going out. Protect your skin from Ultraviolet radiation as you get out and garden.

"Listen to . . . Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer When Gardening

Removing Faded Flowers for Better Looking Plants

Removing faded flowers can promote repeat bloom and more compact, healthier growth.

Listen to Removing Faded Flowers...

Reviving a Flower Garden

Don’t panic if your spring garden lacks the vim and vigor the past. You can improve the health and beauty of your garden without starting over.

Listen to Reviving a Flower Garden...

Selecting Mulch for the Garden

Mulch can beautify your garden, suppress weeds, moderate soil temperature and conserve moisture. Consider both function and beauty when selecting mulch for your landscape.

Read more...

Selecting the Best Mulch

You can suppress weeds, conserve moisture, improve soil and save time with one garden resource. And that’s mulch.

Listen to... Selecting the Best Mulch

Skip the Rubber Mulch

Gardeners are always searching for better looking, longer lasting and less expensive mulches. Rubber mulch has been advertised as an attractive and permanent alternative. Think twice before using rubber mulch in the landscape.

Listen to ... Skip the Rubber Mulch

Spring Cleaning in the Garden

It's time for a bit of spring cleaning. No, I'm not talking about organizing closets and emptying the garage, but rather getting the garden in shape for the upcoming growing season.

Read more...

Strategies for a Low Maintenance Perennial Garden

Look for ways to reduce maintenance and still have a beautiful perennial garden.

Read more...

Summer Care for Dahlias

Keep Dahlias looking their best with a bit of summer care.

Read more...

Time to Evaluate and Plan for Changes in the Garden

Stop and take a few minutes to evaluate the success, challenges and failures of the past growing season. Investing time now can save you additional time, money and frustration in next season's garden.

Listen to... Time to Evaluate...

Weed Your Garden Day - June 13th

Break out the cupcakes and balloons and get ready to celebrate Weed Your Garden Day on June 13th.

Read more...