101 Ways to Celebrate
National Garden Month

New Techniques and Timely To-Do's

  • Encourage beneficial insects by planting herbs and flowers throughout your gardens. For more on beneficial insects click here.
  • Propagate your favorite shrubs, perennials, and trees to put elsewhere on your property or to donate to a greening organization. To learn about propagating perennials through division, click here.
  • Incorporate as many native plants as possible into your landscape. For more information, visit the National Wildlife Foundation’s Backyard Habitat site.
  • Get to know your lawn as a garden of grass. Discover what kind of turfgrass you have and what kind of care it needs for best results. You’ll find lawn care guidance here.
  • Research least-toxic pest and weed control methods. Click here for tips on vegetable garden pest control.
  • Learn about the benefits of compost tea, and brew your own. Click here to find out more.
  • Create a pruning calendar/map for your yard.
  • Start a worm composting bin, indoors or out. To learn more about worm composting, click here.
  • Test your soil so that you can add just what your plants need to thrive. Click here to learn more about soil testing.
  • Learn to use fertilizer properly to protect the water supply from nutrient pollution. For basic information and tips on building soil fertility, click here.
  • Start a compost pile. To learn how, click here.
  • Learn about organic gardening, and give it a try. Click here to learn more about it.
  • Learn about water saving techniques and tools. For watering tips, click here.
  • Clean your gardening tools; oil wooden handles, tighten heads, and sharpen blades. Click here for step-by-step instructions for sharpening and cleaning your garden tools.
  • Cut back on lawn mowing by incorporating groundcovers, expanded perennial beds, even moss, to your lawn. For instructions on planting groundcovers, click here.
  • Vow to minimize pesticide use to protect wildlife, the water supply, and human health. A low-maintenance landscape needs little intervention. Click here to learn more about creating one.

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