8 Great Get Ready for Gardening Ideas

April 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm Leave a comment

By Debbie Frye, General Manager, Flyerland.ca

Garden centres everywhere are gearing up for the spring planting season, and gardeners are itching to dig in and get their hands dirty. But while it’s tempting to load up on beautiful blooms, it pays to plan ahead. Whether you’re a gardening guru or a budding botanist, here’s the dirt on how to create a lush backyard oasis that’s fresh, flourishing and bursting with colour…without busting your budget.

  • Picture your perfect garden. Clip magazine photos of gardens you admire or photograph neighbourhood yards and bring them to your garden centre. Make a sketch of your own yard, indicating the direction each area faces and how much light and shade they receive. The experts at centres like Home Depot can help you plan your perfect garden. View their flyers on Flyerland.ca.
  • Shop early for the best selection. Plan your garden early so when the garden centre sales begin you’ll be ready to buy and can choose from the cream of the crop. Know how many plants and flowers you’ll need so you don’t buy too many, or buy too few and have to go back for more. Check the Canadian Tire flyer on Flyerland.ca for special offers.
  • Make a change! Be bold and make one exciting and dramatic change in your front yard this year. It doesn’t have to be an entire garden makeover, but instead of the same flowers you’ve always grown, introduce an exotic new plant, terrific tree or fabulous colour combinations that will get noticed. Wal-mart can serve all of your gardening needs. See their flyer on Flyerland.ca
  • Know your gardening style. Are you rooted in your garden all season or do you barely have time to water parched plants? If you don’t have a lot of time for garden upkeep, choose plants and flowers that require little maintenance – this will make sure that your money and time don’t go to waste. You can ask your local garden centre for the best choices—the folks at Home Hardware are always happy to help.  See their flyer on Flyerland.ca.
  • Get cooking. Plant a crop of vegetables and enjoy fresh produce throughout the summer. Be sure to include herbs in your garden—they grow easily and can spice up your meals with fresh, delicious flavours. Be sure to check out Canadian Living Magazine for great recipes that use all your favourite herbs. View their Magazine on Flyerland.ca
  • Host a planting party. If you have a large property, ask for help from friends and neighbours and make a day of it. Be sure to provide food and beverages to hungry helpers who lend a hand. Or hire a student who needs a summer job to help out around the yard.
  • Bring out the baskets. If you just can’t wait for your garden to grow, buy a few planted baskets filled with blossoms you can enjoy now. Check out retailers such as Zellers on Flyerland.ca for some of the best deals.
  • Get the guarantee. Most garden stores offer guarantees on the plants and flowers they sell. If something goes wrong, bring it back to the store right away to take advantage of their exchange or return policy. Happy growing!
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