Basic Gardening Tips to Keep Your Garden Looking Fabulous

Gardening is making a comeback—and in a big way! More and more people are getting into gardening and are not afraid to dig deep and get their hands dirty. With kitchen gardens and flower beds becoming trendsetters, people are rediscovering the joys of gardening all over again. There’s something just so relaxing about gardening. Whether you have a huge garden with plenty of space to plant new plants and shrubs, or whether you are creating a vertical garden in your balcony, gardening is possible in pretty much any space, big or small.

Side view of kitchen gardens
Caring for your plants, ensuring that they’re healthy and keeping your garden looking fabulous can be a rewarding experience. But, if you don’t know what you’re doing, your quality gardening time can quickly turn into a horror show. To avoid such a scenario, you need to learn some gardening tips, so that you know you’re on the right path.

Here are some basic tips on gardening to help you get started.

Know the Landscape

Garden landscape in front of house

One of the first lessons in gardening is to know the landscaping design that you are dealing with. Plants are quite picky when it comes to the type of soil and temperatures that they prefer. So, not all plants grow well in all regions. Knowing your land—the type of soil, the humidity and temperature throughout the year, and the water quality will help you decide on which plants will grow well and which ones don’t stand a chance.
So, before you go around buying exotic plants to wow your friends and family, find out if they’ll thrive in the land or not.

Pruning is Your Best Friend

Most amateur gardeners are just not aware of how important and essential pruning is. It’s not just something that gardening hobbyists fuss over to keep their plants looking good. Pruning plays a vital role in the healthy growth of a plant. By eliminating unwanted, damaged, diseased or dead parts of the plant, you are redirecting the plant’s energy into growing and strengthening the other parts. Regular and careful pruning will keep your plants healthy, encourage optimal growth and produce more flowers and fruits.
While cutting damaged or dead branches, use a sharp pruning tool to make neat, clean cuts. Jagged ends take longer to heal and leave the plant exposed to the possibility or disease or infection.

Plants Have Varying Needs

Treat each plant as an individual with varying needs and preferences. What works for one plant will not necessarily work for another plant. Take something as simple as watering, for instance. While some plants need a lot of water in order to grow, some others require only a little amount of water. If you overwater a plant that requires very little water, you risk rotting its roots, which will quickly kill the plant. Just like how knowing your land is important, so is knowing your plants. Research about each plant and find out what each of them needs. Some plants thrive in the sun while some others require ample shade to do well.
If you are a newbie, it can take a while for you to find out what each plant likes and needs. To make this process easier, you can maintain a gardening journal where you note down your observations. This will help you gain a deeper understanding of your plant’s overtime.

Lawn Mowing

Lawn Mowing for perfect landscape

Lawn mowing is not rocket science. But you do need to know some basic techniques if you want your lawn to look like it was mowed by professionals. The first thing to remember is to mow the perimeter of the lawn first. Go in a clockwise direction and mow around the perimeter. Once you do that, then you can start mowing in straight lines within that mowed border. It makes the whole process so much simpler. When mowing in straight lines, avoid looking directly in front of you. Instead, look a couple of feet ahead of you. This will give you a better vision to mow in a straight line.
When you come across trees or shrubs, follow the perimeter rule. Mow around them in a clockwise direction and then continue with your straight-line mowing for the rest of the lawn area.

Planting Flowers

There’s nothing more beautiful than a flower garden in full bloom. Flower gardens can turn even the tiniest, cramped garden space into an inviting haven. If you do not have experience dealing with flower gardens, then a good place to start is by installing flower beds. Flower beds are elevated ‘beds’ to grow your plants. They facilitate easy maintenance and are great for beginners dabbling with growing and planting flower plants. Roses and perennials are pretty easy to maintain as far as flowering plants go.
When planting in a flower bed, remember to space out the saplings, giving each plant ample space to spread roots. You also should regularly check for weeds to avoid a weed infestation, as they can grow quickly, take over space and choke out your flower plants. Regular pruning is also essential in order to encourage growth (which in turn results in more blooms).
Gardening can be a very rewarding and highly addictive hobby. Once you get the hang of the basics, you can then move on from simply growing your plants to planning and designing a beautiful garden. No matter what your focus is—whether it has a useful kitchen garden to grow your herbs and vegetables, or a flower garden that overflows with colourful flowers, you need to get the basics of gardening right for your garden to thrive.
A garden is one of those spaces where you can make your mark, show off your skills and create a beautiful nook for you to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Digging into the soil, getting rid of weeds, and trimming the plants to help them grow better can all be relaxing chores that calm your body and mind.

 

Store It Right: Different Types of Storage Space for Your Belongings

If you’re looking to store your stuff, you’ll be surprised at the number of different options available. Depending on how much storage space you require and for how long, you can pick the right storage option to suit your requirements. Of course, you’ll need to know all about each of the different option available and how they differ from each other.
There are a lot of reasons why a person requires storage space. From moving houses to renovating or downsizing, there are many instances where renting a storage space becomes essential. Knowing the pros and cons of the different storage units available can help you make an informed decision to meet your storage needs. Here’s a quick look at the different storage options available and what makes each one unique.

Outdoor Self-Storage Units

Within self-storage units, there are three options available: outdoor, indoor and mobile. Outdoor self-storage units are storage spaces built like garages. These units are great for storing vehicles such as motorcycles, caravans, boats, mud bikes and so on. They facilitate easy and quick access to your stuff as you can literally drive up to the door of the unit to access your stuff. But be warned that these storage units are not completely weather-proof. So, be careful of what items you store in them. Avoid storing small items, items that require temperature regulation or expensive items in outdoor units.

Indoor Self-Storage Units

view of INDOOR SELF-STORAGE UNITSIndoor self-storage units are, keeping with their names, located inside a building. Most indoor storage units have great security, with access controlled entrances and security cameras in place to monitor activities. Many even offer monitored climate-control, making them the ideal choice for storing items that are sensitive to climate changes (such as wines, upholstery etc). Indoor storage units are perfect for storing furniture and other household items that you want to protect from weather damage.

Mobile Self-Storage Units

If you’re downsizing and need storage space to keep some of your extra stuff, then consider using a mobile self-storage unit. Mobile self-storage units are great when you want a storage unit right in your backyard for easy access. You can choose to have the storage unit at your venue or have it stored at the storage facility (indoor or outdoor). Some storage facilities even offer different sizes, so you can choose one that will fit the stuff that you want to be stored.

Shipping Containers

Stacks of SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Shipping containers are the most durable storage container option. Since shipping containers are designed specifically to travel on the sea, enduring bad weather conditions and withstanding rough transportation, they are perfect for storing and transporting your goods. Whether you’re moving house and looking for a big container to transport all your furniture and other items, or whether you’re expanding your business and need a reliable storage solution to temporarily store all the extra inventory, you can opt for shipping containers. The one big con with shipping containers is that they are quite big, making it difficult to transport them to the venues for loading and unloading. But since most storage facilities offer offsite loading and unloading options, you don’t have to worry about it.

Dangerous Goods Storage Container

If you’re business looking for storage containers for paints, oils or other chemicals that are hazardous, then you need a dangerous goods storage container. These are storage spaces specially designed to securely store dangerous substances. With proper ventilation, secure doors and a sturdy build, the dangerous goods storage containers are made to store stock that is liable to spills and leaks. They are a great storage solution for many commercial enterprises that are in need of secure storage of toxic, flammable or otherwise hazardous substances.

Build On Site Storage Unit

Another exciting option in storage units is the on-site build unit. As the name suggests, these units can be built on site. They are easy to assemble and super convenient as you can dismantle, relocate and reassemble them as and when needed. Build on-site storage units are a great storage solution for commercial purposes. If you’ve got goods to be stored but not enough warehouse space, then the build on-site storage unit can come in handy.

Tips for Better Storage

  • When using a shipping container or other storage units for transportation, aim to distribute the weight evenly.
  • If transporting your stuff, make sure you pack the storage unit/container as tightly as possible. Doing this will ensure that your stuff doesn’t have room to slide and move around, thereby minimising damage caused during transit.
  • Always stack the heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
  • When storing items in a self-storage unit, be sure to store items that you will need to access frequently at the front. Take your time to determine which items should go to the back and which ones should be at the front. Doing this simple thing while storing your things can save you a lot of time and effort in the future.
  • Find out the yearly, monthly and weekly rental for your storage unit. Most storage facilities offer better prices for longer durations, so make the most of it.
  • If storing furniture, cover them up to avoid damage. Leather and fabric are particularly susceptible to damage when kept in storage for long, so secure them with proper cover to avoid potential wear and tear.
  • If you’re storing vehicles, it is a good idea to take them out now and then. Using the vehicle regularly will ensure that the motor doesn’t die and that the vehicle is in good working condition.

Each storage unit or container has its own set of pros and cons. You need to choose the one that works best for you depending on your storage needs. Once you’ve decided on the type of unit/container that you want, contact different storage facilities to get a quote. When it comes to storage, you should always aim for an effective long-term solution at an affordable price.