8 tips to planting success


I’ve been gardening for years and I’m always amazed at the difference a few changes can make. I’m here to share my tips for planting success. When you follow these steps, your garden will be beautiful and healthy for many years to come!

Water, water, water!

Water is one of the most important elements for your garden. You need to make sure that you are watering correctly and not over or under-watering. Watering correctly means that you are getting enough water into the soil, without drowning your plants or lawns. Under-watering is when you don’t give your plants enough water to keep them healthy, while over-watering is when you saturate their roots with too much moisture, causing disease and fungus problems in your garden or lawns.

It can be difficult to know exactly how much water each plant needs because they have different requirements based on their size, type of soil they are growing in, sun exposure etc… It’s best if you go by feel rather than by measuring the amount of time spent watering – if a plant wilts after being watered then it needs more water; conversely if there’s no change after watering then it may be okay without any more until next time!

Sun and shade

The second thing you need to know about your garden is the amount of direct sunlight it receives. Direct sunlight can be defined as light that hits the plants and soil directly, so if you have an area where there’s a lot of sun, it will be warm and dry. If you have an area with little or no direct sunlight, there won’t be much warmth in that area and it will be cooler than its surroundings.

Depending on what type of plants you want to grow in your garden, knowing how much sun or shade an area gets is important because different plants thrive under different conditions. You can tell whether an area gets full sun or full shade by looking at its shadow pattern during midday on a sunny day: if there are no shadows then it means that part of your garden gets no direct sunlight at all!

Keep it clean!

A clean garden is a healthy garden. Here are some tips for keeping your outdoor space tidy:

  • Don’t let weeds take over! Keep an eye out for them and pull them at their early stages before they spread to other areas.
  • Don’t let trash accumulate in the garden or on the lawn. Keep your yard free of any unnecessary objects such as glass, plastic bottles and cans, cigarette butts and gum wrappers.
  • Don’t let debris accumulate in your yard – clear away leaves in autumn (and during spring leaf-fall) as well as fallen branches after storms or windy periods.
  • Don’t let grass clippings accumulate on the lawn – mow regularly to prevent clumping up of grass cuttings on walkways or driveways which could cause slippery surfaces when wetted down by rainwater runoff!


Mulch is a valuable tool for gardeners and lawn maintenance companies alike. It can help improve soil quality, prevent weeds, retain moisture, and keep the soil cool.

Mulch comes in all shapes and sizes: straw mulch, shredded bark mulch (often referred to as “shredded hardwood”) and leaf mold are just some examples of materials that can be used for mulching purposes. These materials are typically available at local nurseries or landscaping supply centers. When purchasing wood shavings or other types of shredded wood products make sure you check their source—you don’t want to use any product made from chemically treated lumber!

Some people choose to use organic matter such as shredded leaves or grass clippings instead of traditional plastic sheeting when covering their flower beds or vegetable gardens during the winter months; however this strategy isn’t recommended because these materials decompose quickly without adequate protection from rainwater runoff which could result in waterlogged soil conditions leading up until spring time when they’re needed most!

Make a plan.

  • Make a plan.
  • A plan is a guide to help you achieve your goals. It should be written down and based on your goals, which should be achievable, realistic and flexible (e.g., if the weather isn’t cooperating with your planting schedule). The plan can be changed as needed, but it shouldn’t change too much from year to year so that you don’t lose track or get confused by what’s been done before (and who did what). If possible, share this plan with someone else who has some knowledge of gardening/landscaping — they can provide advice and assistance along the way.

Time to weed.

  • Weeds can be a problem for any gardener. They grow quickly and tend to multiply, making it hard to keep your garden looking neat and tidy.
  • It’s important to keep your garden clean of weeds as they thrive in poor soil. They are also known to steal nutrients from the plants you’re trying to grow, which makes it that much harder for you to achieve success with your crops.
  • The best time to weed is when the soil is moist so that you won’t damage anything else while pulling out those pesky invaders.
  • If you find yourself struggling with a lot of weeds in your garden, this could be an indicator that something needs improving about how healthy your soil actually is—so take care of both problems at once!

Vary and Upcycle.

The word “vary” in this case means to use different plants in different areas of your garden. This can include using different plants in different seasons and light conditions, but also soil conditions. If you have a problem area with poor drainage, look for plants that like wet feet or even those that thrive in boggy soil!

If you have a shady spot under an oak tree, consider planting ferns or hostas there. Hostas are shade tolerant perennials that are perfect for adding some color without too much maintenance. They’ll grow slowly so they won’t overwhelm the space and will make it feel more lush than if it were just grassy all year round!

Plan your plantings.

Before you start planting, make sure you have a plan. Plan your plantings so that they maximize the space available and are easy to take care of. Decide what will go where and make sure there is enough room for everything before starting any planting process. Planning can help make sure that all of your plants will thrive in their new environment without any problems getting in their way later on down the road.

A beautiful backyard is fun, refreshing and great for relaxing with family and friends. Follow these tips to make the most of your gardening experience.

A beautiful backyard is fun, refreshing and great for relaxing with family and friends. Follow these tips to make the most of your gardening experience.

  • Plant appropriate plants. It’s important to match the right plant with the right conditions so that they thrive in their new home. For example, if you have clay soil or live in a wet climate where it rains often, go with plants that like those conditions (like some varieties of hostas). If you have sandy soil or live in an area where it rarely rains, consider other options (such as cactus).
  • Make sure your yard has enough sunlight. Plants need sunlight for photosynthesis so they can grow properly; without enough light they won’t flower properly or produce fruit/vegetables worth harvesting at all! If this sounds like something that could be affecting your garden then check out our blog on how much sun does my house need?


It’s amazing how a backyard can transform from a bare patch of dirt into an oasis of beautiful flowers and plants. It takes time, patience and creativity to make your dream garden come true. If you follow these tips for success, you’ll be on your way to that beautiful backyard quickly!

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