Monday, April 29, 2013

Ways to Prepare Your Yard for Spring!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love love love the arrival of spring. Because it means our drab gardens will come to life again!

The first thing I like to do is look at photos of our gardens from previous years to see what worked and what I'd like to change. 

One year we had GORGEOUS wildflower beds. 

Another year an awesome veggie garden. 

And I love my hanging plants and front gardens: 

When we go to jumpstart our yard, besides getting inspired by photos (whether your own or ones you find on Pinterest, etc), here's a few gardening supplies you'll need:

  • Rake
  • Hoe
  • Seeds or seedlings (we have most success with seedlings)
  • Twine (to layout beds or make sure your rows are straight)
  • Soil and mulch

Now, a word about mulch because it's really important - not just because a good mulch looks really lovely and makes the plants stand out. But also because it helps maintain consistent moisture in your beds and helps eliminate weeds naturally! Just three inches of mulch blocks sunlight and keeps weeds from growing.

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Scotts Florida Select Natural Eucalyptus Mulch is perfect for Floridian gardeners because it promotes sustainable gardening - the plantation-grown Floridaeucalyptus is a renewable resource that grows four times faster than cypress (what typical mulch is made from). 

Plus, if you're in Florida is a local resource! It's nice to promote your local economy when gardening isn't it? 

But don't despair all you non-Floridian gardeners. Because Scotts also makes Scotts Nature Scapes mulch - a natural forest product with no waste wood. It comes in a variety of textures like

Classic Black (my favorite)

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Sierra Red

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Deep Forest Brown

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If you haven't used mulch before, here's a few tips:

WHEN: After plants have developed (again, why we prefer seedlings)

WHERE: Around trees, flowers, shrubs, vegetables

NOT: Before seeds germinate, around underdeveloped plants, or within several inches of your home's foundation or other wood surfaces

Using mulch to beautify your home, prevent weeds, and keep a well-groomed yard is a great way to spring into gardening season!

What do you do to get ready for gardening? 

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Courtney said...

Love that hanging flower basket! I want something like that. My front porch is mostly shaded with just morning sunlight. nothing ever does good there. Suggestions on hanging flowers?

Daisy B said...

I love all of the beautiful flowers. I visited the website that you shared and found lots of things that I need to buy this weekend when we work on our garden areas.

Anne - Mommy Has to Work said...

Your flowers are beautiful!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'm really fond of the red mulch especially, but I haven't done much gardening here because the fire ants scare the heck out of me and we have them so bad.

QueenB said...

Love using local products! We had to cut 24 white pines from our property line down...the stumps were ground into chips. Guess what our mulch is this year!! Not near the house. There we do rocks.

Kristyn said...

so pretty! we are buying a new home right now and i cant wait to start a garden in it

Just Married with Coupons said...

Ooh these products seem like a life saver! It's definitely harder to grow over here in RI, but we try, lol! Thanks for the tips!

Pam said...

What a lovely garden. I definitely need this for my yard.

Beeb said...

Very nice, NatureScapes would work well for me as I'm on the other side of the country from you. You have a great garden!