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How To Care For Plants In Your Garden

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There is nothing nicer than being surrounded by beautiful plants. In fact, many studies have shown that there are a number of benefits to having plants in your life, including a reduction in stress and better sleep. Who wouldn’t want more plants?! However, it can be disappointing when you’ve put a lot of effort into what you thought were the easiest plants to care for when they don’t even seem to grow, or worse, they start to droop and eventually die despite your best efforts.

Gardening Tips

Why is it that some people seem to be naturally “green-fingered” while others just have to look at a plant and it wilts? We share some tips on turning your garden into a lovely oasis where you will always want to spend time.

Sun Positioning

A big thing to think about is what position is your garden facing. Where the sun is at what time of day is one of the biggest factors you need to think about when caring for your garden. A garden that gets the sun all day needs plants that love these conditions whereas cool, shady gardens are perfect for those plants that like to stay damp and moist. Learning about the position of the sun will help your plants to thrive so that every plant becomes an easy plant to take care of.

Water Your Plants

Don’t forget to water your plants. Watering is an essential part of plant care. It is important to water the soil so it’s easy for the roots of the plant to access the water and get the nutrients it needs. In hot weather try to avoid getting the leaves of the plant wet to prevent the sun from scorching the leaves.

But Don’t Overwater

Overwatering stunts and prevents growth and can often breed bacteria and mold- not a nice look for your garden. Overwatering prevents roots from taking as much oxygen as they need and they can eventually suffocate and die. Make sure to feel the top of the soil to check that it doesn’t feel damp before watering.


Pruning the plants, hedges, and trees in your garden encourages them to stay healthy and not become unruly. Hedges should be pruned annually although some may need more attention than this. Pruning can sometimes feel quite daunting, especially if you’re intending to prune a tree for the first time.

Young trees need to be pruned every two to three years and mature trees should be pruned every three to five years. If you are unsure about pruning yourself, our experts have the experience and skills necessary to complete the job for you. With equipment that can reach up to 80 feet, we can take care of your garden and maintain your trees to have them looking their best. 

Use Mulch

Mulch is often used in flowerbeds and borders and has some amazing benefits that, once you start using it, can guarantee you’ll never look back. Mulch has the ability to improve the quality of the soil, stop weeds from growing, and helps to protect the roots of the plants. Not only all of that but it also looks appealing. With our range of mulches from whole tree chips to triple processed hardwood mulch, we are able to advise and find the perfect mulch for your garden needs.

Easy Plants To Take Care Of

Still not convinced you have what it takes? Here are a few plants that experts claim to be some of the easiest plants to take care of:

  • Ajuga
  • Caladium
  • Persian Shield
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • Agave

All of these plants are low-maintenance and should have you enjoying your garden to its full potential for many years. You deserve to have a garden that fills you with joy each time you step into it.

Caring For Your Garden

For support in caring for and maintaining your garden, contact us today where you can speak to a friendly Homer Tree expert and we can discover how we can get your garden looking its best.

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