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Garden maintenance has no mystery: ensure hydration, remove weeds and spent flowers, fertilize, prune, and trim, check for pests and diseases, and follow a regular weekly, monthly, and seasonal task plan!

Whether you are a seasoned gardener or are just starting, having a comprehensive maintenance checklist can make the task much more manageable. In this post, we will walk you through the best garden maintenance checklist you will find, ensuring your garden stays vibrant and healthy all year round.

How To Maintain Your Garden?

Maintaining a garden involves a variety of tasks that need to be done regularly, including weekly, monthly, and seasonal tasks – unless you have a no-maintenance landscape. Discover the most complete garden maintenance checklist below to help keep your garden in shape. 

Take Weekly Care

Ensure your plants are well-hydrated, especially during dry spells. Watering in the early morning or late afternoon is the best time. Remove weeds regularly to prevent them from competing with your plants for nutrients and space.

Remove spent flowers to encourage new blooms and keep plants looking tidy. Keep your grass at a healthy length. Avoid cutting more than one-third of the grass height at once.

Perform Monthly Tasks

Apply appropriate fertilizers to provide essential nutrients. Different plants have varying needs, so choose the right type for each. Trim shrubs, trees, and perennials to maintain their shape and health. Remove any dead or diseased branches.

Check for signs of pests and diseases. Use organic or chemical treatments as needed. Add a layer of mulch around plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and improve soil quality.

Remember Seasonal Steps

During the spring months, prepare the soil by adding compost or organic matter, plant new flowers, vegetables, and shrubs, and start a regular watering and feeding schedule – read more in this spring gardening checklist. For summer, ensure consistent watering and mulching, monitor pests and diseases, and prune as needed.

In the fall, clear fallen leaves and debris, divide and replant perennials, and plant bulbs for spring flowering. Prepare your home for winter by protecting sensitive plants with frost covers, pruning dormant trees and shrubs, and planning and preparing for the next growing season.

How Much Does Garden Maintenance Cost?

The initial investment in basic tools can range from $100 to $500. The annual costs for seeds, plants, fertilizers, and pest control might be around $200 to $400. Depending on the task and garden size, hiring garden maintenance services can cost between $50 and $200 per visit.

With this detailed garden maintenance checklist, you can keep your garden flourishing throughout the year. Call Wisercosts' landscapers for regular maintenance of a thriving garden. Happy gardening!