Five ways to keep your plants happy while you’re away


I love spending time in the garden. I’m happiest when I’m surrounded by the plants that give me so much joy. But sometimes, I have to go away for work or vacation. When this happens, it can be hard to know how to care for your garden while you’re away. The following tips will help keep your plants healthy and happy while you’re enjoying your vacation:

Ask your neighbor to water your garden.

  • Ask your neighbor to water your garden.
  • Your neighbor can come into your yard, turn on the sprinklers, and then go back home to sleep. If you live in an apartment complex or small neighborhood, chances are there’s someone near you who is willing to do this. You might have even asked them already when they were at a barbecue or something! In all likelihood, they’ll be glad to help out (and if all else fails…well…there’s always the hose).

Use a timer for your sprinkler system.

You can also use a timer to control the water flow. You should set it to water in the morning, evening or every day and/or every other day. If you’re not sure how long to run your sprinkler system for, look for information on how much water your plants need per week.

If you live in an area with more than one zone (think: multiple gardens), then each zone will need its own timer so that their watering times can be set independently of one another

Invest in self-watering pots for your smaller plants.

If you have smaller plants, like herbs and succulents, consider investing in a self-watering pot. The pots are available at many hardware stores or garden centers and can be used to keep your plants watered while you’re away. They come in various sizes; just be sure to choose one that’s appropriate for the size of your plant(s).

Move fragile pots inside.

Another option is to move the whole plant indoors. If you have a spare room or even a closet, you can place your plants on a window sill or in an unused corner of the room. This will give them access to light and warmth, but will also keep them from getting knocked over by pets or children.

If you are going to move your plant indoors, make sure to place it on a tray or saucer so that water does not spill out of its pot and onto your flooring. You may also want to protect the leaves of your plant with plastic bags before moving it outside—this will help prevent any damage from occurring during transit as well as providing extra protection against drafts and cold air. Finally, if you are worried about keeping your plant warm enough while away (which is especially important when they’re being moved outside), consider using heat lamps or other forms of artificial lighting that provide extra warmth without overheating the environment around them

Place seedlings and flowers under the shade of trees.

Placing plants under the shade of trees is a good idea if you’re going away for an extended period of time. The plants will get the shade they need, which will make them grow faster and protect them from strong winds, insects and pests, hot sun and frost.

These five tips will help ensure that you return from vacation to a lush and flourishing garden.

  • Be sure to remove dead flowers.
  • Prune plants to maintain shape and size.
  • Watering plants is important.
  • Plants need sunlight, so be sure that they get plenty of it while you’re away so they’ll keep growing strong!
  • And don’t forget about frost protection—plants can be damaged by harsh weather conditions, especially if temperatures drop below freezing before the night ends.


We hope these tips will help you create a garden that is both beautiful and easy to maintain. If you have any other suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!

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