How to Ensure That Your Garden Stays Healthy and Lasts from Season to Season, Year to Year

When it comes to your garden, planning the design ahead of time and maintaining it on a regular basis will go a long way.

Set it and forget it is not a phrase that relates to gardening and landscaping in any way. A beautiful garden comes from hard work and regular maintenance to keep it healthy, growing and producing the flowers, fruits or vegetables you desire.

To ensure that your garden is thriving from season to season, start by thinking about what you are planting and what makes sense for your climate, skill level and what you enjoy working with. You may need to pick plants that will survive in harsh temperatures if you live in the Midwest region of the U.S., or even if you live in tropical climates in Florida.

Maureen Taylor, owner of Taylor Made Landscape Design, has a tip that will come in handy when planning out your garden. “If you have a carefully planned garden, you can have something bloom every month of the summer. Pay attention to bloom times and try to have something blooming for every month of the summer season.”

Biodiversity is also important for any garden and is something you must keep in mind as you plan and design your own. This will increase the benefit your garden has on the environment as well as increase the likelihood it will be healthy for years to come.

“If you have a mixture of plants, it will increase the good insects in your yard. If you have healthy variety, the insects will take care of any problems for you. Having a variety of species including natives will keep your garden healthy,” said Taylor.

Before your plants even arrive in your gardening space, the proper environment should be prepared for them to be nurtured properly. The soil a plant lives in will provide a healthy or unhealthy home throughout its life. Start with loosening and mixing the soil, and thinking about the depth of soil when planting seeds. If you want your plants to be healthy, you’ll need to feed it something good just as you would with children.

“To keep your garden healthy, make sure to keep individual plants healthy. Plants can do very well with your own compost, worm compost or healthy soil.”

If you were hoping for a low-maintenance garden, you are in the wrong place, because no garden has no maintenance. The effort you put into it will reflect the results you get when it comes to gardening.

“Gardens need a little bit of maintenance on a weekly or bi-weekly basis,” said Taylor. Make sure to fit this routine into your schedule and choose plants you enjoy so that you can have a sense of accomplishment as you tend to your garden.

Keep in mind you don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a stellar garden each year and you don’t have to plant everything from scratch when you are just starting out. If you’re just getting started, Taylor recommends looking for opportunities for free plants.

“There are tons of inexpensive ways to collect plants. You can go to places that have plant giveaways and neighbors often get rid of stuff they don’t need. Look out for landscapers or professional gardener job sites where they have extra plants or even on Craigslist. You can get lucky!”