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Top 5 tips for caring for your new garden

1. Keep your exposed soil well mulched with leaves, bark or thin branches to minimize water and nutrient loss. The earthworms will come up to retrieve these and convert them into compost. Do this annually, I normally do it in winter, and you will see your soil improve and therefore the growth rate of your plants will increase. 2. Do not till your beds as this disturbs the beneficial micro-organisms in the soil. Gardeners love this job, so do try and break the habit. 3. During the first month, water the beds daily and trees should be watered twice a week. The water needs to get to the tree roots and beyond, not just a superficial wetting of the soil. After the first month, water less frequently but for a longer period of time. Deep rooted plants and trees are ore drought resistant. 4. Loosely stake young trees between 2 stakes as this movement of the trunk encourages the trunk to thicken up. This is emulating nature where saplings are not staked yet they develop a strong trunk. 5. Compost annually, and fertilize 3 times a year with an organic fertilizer. In April apply 2.3.2 to encourage strong root formation during the winter. In August apply 3.1.5 to the flower beds to encourage flowering. In December apply 3.1.5 again to the garden beds and 5.1.5 to the lawn. Then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labour.
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