14 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Yard
Whether you dream of lush, green grass or a vegetable garden with a bounty of produce, there are things you can resolve to do to make sure your yard looks better in the new year. Here are 14 new year’s resolutions for your yard.
Manage Pests Naturally
If you are gardener, educate yourself about the various pests that visit your garden so you can take the necessary steps to avoid problems. And if you do need to use sprays, vow to avoid toxic pesticides and instead opt to that are both safe for pets and people.
Use Water Wisely
This coming new year’s resolutions, use your water wisely to keep your plants hydrated and healthy. And try collecting rain water in a barrel. You can also add a timer so you won’t forget to turn off your sprinkler.
Grow More Vegetables
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a gardening novice, make new year’s resolutions to add raised garden beds or an extra planter this spring. And you’ll enjoy more homegrown food and add some extra color and texture to your yard.
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Resolve to save your vegetable waste for compost. And build a compost barrel tumbler, which will allow you to turn all those scraps into a nutrient-rich compost to add to your soil. Bonus: You’ll also reduce the amount of trash you put out to the curb each week.
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Plant Some Color
No matter what part of the country you live in, make new year’s resolutions to find some blooms to add color to your yard. And try building some planter boxes to house your flowers, grow them in baskets or even plant them among your vegetables for a contrast of colors and textures.
Sharpen the Blade
When pruning your trees and shrubs this season, remember to never remove more than a quarter of a tree’s crown in one single season. And use sharp tools and a pole pruner for high, hard-to-reach branches. When it comes to really big jobs, call a professional.
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Welcome Some Wildlife
You’ll want to encourage some visitors to your garden, including pollinators, butterflies and birds. And welcome wildlife with a DIY bird feeder, a mix of flowers and fruit-bearing plants.
Select the Right Tree or Shrub
Before planting a tree or shrub this year, make sure you know where you want it to go, the soil type and how much sunlight it will receive in that location. And maintenance including how much cleanup and pruning the species requires—should also be considered.
Train Your Dog
If you have a dog, one of your new year’s resolutions should be to try spot-training him to use one area of the yard. Many pet owners have an area of the lawn with mulch or gravel for their dog to do their business. And this will cut down on the number of urine spots you have in your yard.