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5 Tips to Help Your New Garden Flourish

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Starting a garden at a new home is not always an easy task.  The natural landscape and soil composition could have been altered during the land development process to meet codes and regulations.  In addition, during the summer, heat, lack of nutrients, and invasive plants can all cause challenges.  Here are some creative ways to help your new garden thrive.


Fayetteville, NC New Home Garden Tips


1-Blend Eggshells To Add Calcium 

Did you know that eggshells contain calcium?  It’s true!  They can give a much-needed boost to your plants.  Simply grind eggshells in a blender and add to your garden.  Breaking eggshells down into smaller pieces make it easier for plants to absorb the calcium.  


2-Epsom Salts

Epsom Salts contains magnesium and sulfate-two minerals vital in growing a beautiful garden.  Add a tablespoon or two to soil when first planting your garden.  Then, mix in another tablespoon or two with water in your watering can once or twice a month. 


3-Stop Invasive Plants

Large, fast-growing plants with spreading roots can overtake others in your garden.  An easy way to combat this challenge is to plant the actual pot in the ground alongside other plants.  First, remove the plastic bottom from the pot by cutting it with gardening scissors.  Next, plant the entire pot with the plant in the ground.  This will help contain the invasive plant roots. 


4-DIY Rain Barrel

Water conservation during a southern summer is very important.  Collecting rain in a homemade rain barrel is a great way to save water and cut down on your bill.  All you need is a heavy-duty trashcan with a tight-fitting lid.  Drill a large hole in the lid to connect to rain gutters from your house.  Drill another, smaller hole on the side of the trashcan to insert a spout so you can remove water for plants.  


5-Homemade Weed Killer

Working out in the yard can be a fun and relaxing activity, but pulling weeds can be frustrating and time consuming.  This simple homemade weed killer can be great to eradicate those weeds in sidewalk cracks and borders on landscaping.  This solution isn’t recommended in flowerbeds or areas where grass can be affected, however.   Simply combine one gallon of white vinegar, one cup of table salt, and one tablespoon of dish soap.


New homes in River Glen offer beautiful yards and spacious areas for you to grow your dream garden.  Do you have any more helpful tips to share?  Questions about life at River Glen?  We would love to hear from you


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