With each passing season, more than just the weather develops. The requirements for your lawn and garden are also changing. To keep your garden lush and well-kept, create and maintain a maintenance calendar based on the following tips and criteria. Not only will it keep your space tidy, it will reduce the stress of maintaining your outdoor space.
Weather in your region
Each country in the country experiences different weather throughout the year, which means the demand for gardening varies from place to place. In colder climates, harsh winters require attention for snow and ice removal. In warmer areas, drought can be a challenge. Understanding the general weather for each season and taking this into account when creating your calendar is the key to an accurate schedule for keeping your yard on track.
Think of your farm's specifications
Each farm has different size, shape, and ecology. Know your type of grass, as well as what plants you have and their seasonal. For example, if you have annual flowers that bloom from certain months of the year, you can note this on your calendar along with all the special care that these flowers need before, during or after their flowering period. Selecting these specific items after planting will help keep each item well maintained for a garden that is almost always in bloom.
Note Special circumstances
If your garden has some special circumstances, include them in your plan. For example, all water features such as pools or fountains should have their own annual schedule. These will definitely need maintenance throughout the year ̵
Items to include in your yard maintenance calendar
There are a number of items that you should include in your calendar, each depending on your garden needs and other environmental factors, discussed above.
Roughly map out when your lawn is mowed throughout the year so that you can stay on track in good condition during seasons where it grows rapidly. Although this does not need to be followed to a tee, it will be helpful to have a rough estimate of how many times it needs to be cut.
In your calendar, select the planting schedule to follow for your lawn as well as other landscaping items. This can happen several times during the year or just once, depending on your garden and personal preferences.
Select when you need to fertilize your lawn and planting beds for best growth. The end of the warmer months is usually a good time to feed your plants.
Every yard requires a little weed, although it is not the most exciting of the tasks. Mark a few times each year to perform this task so you don't get caught and play to catch up when they are overgrown.
If you have plants in your garden that are growing fast and taking up more space, you may want to add a cropping date to your calendar to prevent them from passing your garden. This is important for hedges and flowering shrubs such as forsythias.
Whether you need to water your lawn and plants year-round or just for a certain season, make sure you set reminders in your calendar to do so (depending on how much rainfall comes, of course).
If you live in an area where the leaves are coming down in the fall, put leaves in your calendar. Like cutting, the dates may be a bit off from what you are predicting, but it is still good to have a reminder and placeholder there.
You want to winter your garden appropriately if you live somewhere that experiences colder conditions, snow and ice. Winter your garden to protect your grass and plants. Also overwinter all water features, such as a pool, sprinkler system or fountain.
Other Calendar Features
Other things to consider adding to your calendar to make it even more robust and more of a useful tool are the costs (if any) associated with each task in your calendar so you can Add these amounts to your household budget for the year.
Also consider creating a map of your garden to follow your home. Here you highlight landscape areas, sprinkler systems, heavily shaded or sunny areas and anywhere that are prone to flooding problems.