The weather outside is a gardener’s delight for working over the yard.
Because the sun has been brilliantly shining and we’ve had many spring storms, I’ve begun my DIY Gardening from bed cleanup to gardening.
Albeit the weather is a flirting dame, and untrustworthily beautiful, I can’t resist the DIY Gardening and time spent outside instead of in.
It seems to me it was a license to plant and enjoy, as the sun has been shining, and the birds have been out and singing.
Beautiful blue skies, sunshine against my skin, and moist soil, all the perfect trifecta for DIY gardening.
Accordingly, with any seasonal change, there is a lot of yard work also referred to as gardening.
From seeding to dead foliage, and everything in between, it’s time to dawn those garden gloves and begin.
Are you going all-in or just enough to up that curb appeal?
There are 2 times a year I go all-in and then the rest of the year, I keep up on the DIY Gardening to keep those all-in times a lot less labor-intensive!
DIY Gardening Tips and Tricks
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Battery Driven Power Tools & DIY Gardening
When I run into a downed tree in our wooded area, I prefer to cut it up to use in our firepit.
Our old chainsaw required gas.
Have you been in this situation?
You go for a tool, but find out that you need to go GET GAS and that just sucks the life out of your momentum?
It’s kind of like, don’t stop me when I am in the middle of something or I will lose my gumption if I slow down.
Well, no more!Why do we have to stop for gas with a chainsaw, I just need to ‘get er’ done!
We’ve invested in a slew of rechargeable battery-driven tools.
Included in these outdoor power tools is a Ryobi 14″ 40V Chainsaw!
Now we keep spare batteries charged and the tools require no gas.
Less money to run, cleaner air pollution and tools on-demand without stopping momentum!
A total win if you ask me.
SO my tip in case it did not bite you right in the nose…. battery-powered outdoor tools!
Check out this 40V Brushless Chainsaw — it’s a gem you want in your toolbox
Pruning UP There and In Other Awkward Spots – NO ladder required with DIY Gardening
Each season we begin with pruning and end with pruning.
Omitting dead weight allows the trees and shrubs to flourish.
Pruning and trimming the tall trees happens in the Spring and Fall.
We keep things simple and you can see how we do this.
IN fact, we never leave the ground when we use this RYOBI Power Tool to trim and cut back limbs, branches, etc.
Working on our property, we attempt to maintain a great balance of green for privacy and wildlife.
Since we have kids that play in the yard, there are also daunting branches that need to go.
We eliminate these however we compost them!
The Deer and Our Love-Hate Relationship with DIY Gardening
Every spring and fall I add more deer-resistant plants, but somehow the plants are not so deer resistant.
I plant, they eat, le sigh!
I’ve learned that the DEER will eat almost anything.
Beautiful, yet destructive.
Incredible but awful.
These deer are beasts in height and totally bold.
Our line of trees was to be deer-resistant but instead, they have become a fan favorite of the deer.
My line of trees is like a smorgasbord for these beasties.
Morning, noon and night, my trees that number 15+ at 20 ft+ are all being gnawed at as though the best vegetarian buffet ever!
In fact, it seems as though we have attracted deer friends instead of repelling walking trail traffic that aligns with our home property which was the intent.
The Deer feast on the base of the trees up to the 10-foot marker, which is right at the area that lets everyone see right into our yard.
Using Deer Repellant In A Sprayer
The deer repellant is neither harmful to people or pets, but it does repel!
Gaining a simple RYOBI power tool that sprays without continual arm power and pumping is a plus!
Yard, Flowers & other DIY Gardening Tips!
There is always an area of the yard that needs to be reseeded.
It can’t be helped.
Weather, through the winter or placement of summer equipment, can create lawn burnout.
Re-Seeding a lawn is easy and we always keep seed on hand.
Once planted we make sure to water enough that it is maintained without flooding it.
A reliable light sprinkler does the job!
Bulbs & Planting
Planting bulbs in the Spring for Fall and Fall for Spring is a regular chore.
However, I plant bulbs in plants, borders, and beds for pops of color!
Initially, there is a bit of work to planting bulb.
You have to locate the right area, and lighting and make sure you plant it during the right season.
Additionally, bulbs are perennial or annual, so make sure you know what you are choosing.
The end result for the bit of work, are those color pops that you might forget about UNTIL you see them!
My Planting Schedule is like this.
In fact, I plant lilies in the spring for a June/July bloom time.
Hand Pruners For Nipping As I Go
My husband tells me I snip too much, but I prefer to think of it as thickening up.
I’ve been using Gilmour Snap-Cut Bypass Pruner and I have to say these are my go-to hand pruners.
I use them when I need to really clean up, and snip things.
Handy, durable and ergonomic, I keep these with me no matter what side of the yard I am on!
Rose Bushes & Gardening
Tackling roses bushes is a whole other thing.
First, taking off the dead stems is vital.
Then when I want some fresh blooms I also use the same pruners!
I tend to the new growth with these sleek 8 1/2″ long Gilmour Snap-Cut Bypass Pruners.
Also, I use these to clip at the saplings that were growing at the base of one tree!
I placed the Gilmour Snap-Cut Bypass Pruners at the base of the saplings and S-N-A-P they were cut.
I did not even have to clutch the handles hard.
Rather, I just gripped them together and the sapling was gone!
After I repeated this motion a few more times, I eliminated all the ugly saplings and the tree area looked great!
There is a sap groove on the blade which is how I eliminated any sticking build up.
I use DIY Gardening as a means of relaxation, a way to step back from the very social media-driven world I live in.