Three activities -- weeding, mulching, and edging -- ensure the neatness of your perennial garden. Do these tasks on a regular basis so caring for your garden does not become overwhelming or too time consuming.
Keep your garden free of weeds, as these persistent plants take up valuable soil nutrients, look messy, and crowd out other plants.
Mulch not only looks nice in the garden, it also helps control weeds and conserve water. When organic mulch is used, it will enrich the soil as well. Shredded leaves, dried grass clippings, buckwheat hulls, cocoa shells, shredded bark or wood chips, and finished compost are all excellent organic mulches. The first two are the cheapest and most readily available. The other mulches can all be bought at local garden centers and hardware stores. Woody mulches, such as uncomposted wood chips, cause a drop in soil nitrogen. These work best if they are composted before application. High-nitrogen mulches, such as grass clippings, may burn your plants. Avoid placing high-nitrogen mulches close to plant stems.
Edging is another excellent method for controlling weeds and keeping your garden looking neat and elegant. Edging creates a barrier to keep lawn grasses out of the garden and is also useful for containing spreading perennials.Timesaving Tip: