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April is National Lawn & Garden Month and all throughout April we'll be sharing Lawn & Garden tips to make your yard, bushes and garden look better than ever. Our helpful tips are brought to you by Burney Hardware.

Burney Hardware is a family owned and operated small business with locations in Aberdeen and Seven Lakes. They have everything you need to make your lawn and garden beautiful. Listen throughout the day for their Gardening Tips on Star 102.5.

22 gardening tips from Burney Hardware

  1. Please keep pesticide use in mind when planting a garden.  It’s bees that help pollinate the world so we don’t want to use any chemicals harmful to bees.
  1. Develop a watering schedule for your indoor and outdoor plants so they don’t ever miss the water that they need to grow.
  1. Mowing regularly helps keep grass healthy. Don’t let it grow too high before cutting.  Cutting too much can hurt the grass.  Plus keep your blades sharp for a cleaner cut!
  1. Get the kiddo’s in on the outdoor activity also. There are kid size tools such as shovels, rakes and hoes that will help them join in the fun!
  1. Use a soil tester to check the ph of your lawn to help you decide what fertilizer to use. Acidic results could mean you need lime.  Some grasses need lime and some do not.  Bermuda,  centipede, and zoysia grow the best in the sandhills.  Most grasses like to be fertilized in spring and fall.
  1. Having a hard time getting your knees to cooperate when you are doing your gardening? There are tool stools, rolling kneelers, and tractor scoots that will help.
  2. Ever heard of the japanese tool called a hori hori? Garden weasel makes a version of it too.  It has a concave blade for digging, a beveled edge for slicing, a serrated edge for cutting and inch markings to help with depth.  This tool was rated the #1 tool in many gardening publications.
  1. Don’t forget: fertilizer is your friend! There are many kinds to use from compost to cow manure, slow release to controlled release, inorganic to organic, dry to water soluable.  Everybody has their own favorite but it really depends what you are growing.
  1. Aerating the soil helps grass to grow. It keeps the soil from getting too compacted and allows root system to expand and be more absorbant.  Consider renting the tool yourself or having a lawn company do the work for you.
  1. Azaleas like fertilizer after they bloom. Other shrubs might like to be fertilized before they bloom. The county extension office is a great resource for knowledgeable tips.
  1. Fun fact: have you ever heard of a “locavore”?  It’s like a carnivore-who eats meat.  A locavore will only eat food that has been grown locally.
  1. Gardening can be a great hobby for everyone! It reduces stress, promotes good moods, better eating habits, provides outdoor activity, and leads to all around better health!  Consider plants your pets.  Treat them like your babies.  Its better than being stuck at home on lockdown doing nothing!
  1. If you are planting a vegetable garden, keep in mind you might need canning jars, replacement parts for your pressure cookers or canners or new equipment. Start looking for what you need now because as the veggies start to come in you might find what you need is in short supply.
  1. First time gardener? 5 top tips:  pick the right location, one near a water source, make sure it gets plenty of sunshine, and know what “zone” you are in.  (the sandhills are in zone 8a.) Use great soil. Choose the right plants for your location (ex. Do you have room for vines to run).  Add some mulch; this helps reduce weeds and retain moisture.  Fertilize properly according to each plants needs.
  1. Make sure you prune your shrubs after the blooms fade, not before. Deadheading is good practice also.  Remove the old blooms and it will help plants produce more flowers. It also helps grow stronger leaves and root systems.
  1. When planting perennials they generally need three years to achieve their mature size. Remember the adage that they “sleep, creep, and leap”.  Don’t give up on them if you think they did not come back the second year.
  1. The best way to controll weeds? Hand weeding and hoeing.  Sorry but you do not want those weeds to go to seed and germinate.  Weed early and often.  Also use mulch to smother and prevent weeds.
  1. Helpful hack: if you have a large pot to fill, recycle aluminum cans at the bottom to take up space about half way, then fill the rest with dirt.  First it makes the pot lighter to pick up.  But best of all it creates air pockets for better aeration and improves drainage.
  1. Ever tried micro greens? They are rich in flavor and ad a splash of color to a variety of dishes. They are easy to grow and pack a nutritional punch.  They are a good addition to any diet.  Add micro greens to your salad or sandwich. They are a foodie’s trendiest new product.
  1. And how about growing a smoothie garden? Make fresh smoothies by taking carrots, kale, chard, beets, spinach and more, straight out of your garden and into the blender.  Full of antioxidents.
  1. Ever heard of companion gardening? Many plants benefit their neighbors.  For instance, strawberries taste more flavorful when grown near thyme.  Planting a bright marigold border around squash plants keeps bugs from devouring the crop.
  1. Have problems with deer eating your flowers or garden? Try planting deer resistant plants such as lambs ear, brunnera, yarrow, ageratum, verbena, thistle, lamium, lantana, russian sage, pachysandra, and much more.