Grow An Easy Garden 

 Originally Written: May 16, 2010

By  Hanna Trafford


Everyone wants to have a beautiful garden – place where you can relax and enjoy a few moments away from the time-pressed world. By choosing plants and following a few tips that are aimed at curtailing upkeep, you can have a beautiful garden and time left to enjoy it.

Easy Garden Tips:

Magical Mulch:


Cut your watering and weeding time with a 2-3 inch layer of organic mulch (leaf mould, compost, shredded bark) applied over exposed soil. Mulch preserves moisture, suppresses weeds and adds nutrients.

Let Go of Grass:

Loosing lawn to other ground covers such as sweet woodruff, periwinkle or bugleweed, will not only cut mowing time but alos beautify shady spots where grass struggles to grow.

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Send in the Shrubs:

A variety of spring, summer and fall-blooming shrubs provide colour throughout the year without the dividing, staking,deadheading and replanting perennicals and annuals. Try Japanese Spireas, Weigelas and Potentillas.

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Consolidate Containers:


Use fewer but larger containers, big containers overflowing with plants look great and need watering less often.

Healthy Plants are Happy Plants:


Plants are better equipped to survive weather stresses, pests and diseases if they like where they are growing. When choosing a new plant, make sure that you can provide the right amount of sun, the type of soil it requires and the amount of water it needs. Otherwise, you will constantly be nursing sick plants.

Paint Pizzazz:


Paint a wooden bench bright colour – like fuchsia or coral – or set off a swath of ground cover with a bright object, such as unplanted urn. Adding colour to things you place into garden will give a lift to the overall picture!

These are just a few tips – but they are the very basic ones. Hope you enjoy applied them and will share your experiences and send in your comments and suggestions. Your input is always welcomed!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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