5 Gardening Ideas You Can Count as Resolutions

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See how to set up your outdoor areas for more enjoyment this year and make them a bit more earth-friendly in the process.

Don’t forget about adding gardening to the list while you’re thinking about goals for the year. Gardening could be a good way to attain common resolutions like eating healthier and releasing stress while doing something you enjoy. To take your garden to a higher level, consider adding some of these garden-specific goals to your resolution list.

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1. Plant a fruit tree

This New Year’s resolution for your garden might on the top of the charts for maximum reward for the effort. A fruit tree – whether it gives you sweet cherries, peaches, apples or persimmons.

To get started, choose a type of fruit tree that will produce well in your region. This is mostly determined by your soil type and “chill factor” of your region. Finding fruit trees through a local nursery or reputable online source to make sure that you’re receiving the right trees that are appropriate to your climate and local soil. With at least six hours of full sun, fruit trees all will grow best and produce the sweetest fruit.

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2. Revamp your side yard

Often we neglect an area of gardens – side yards, which can be transformed into beautiful winding walkways. If in mild climates you can get started right away by planting, clearing the space and installing new walkways. In snowy climates, bookmark ideas for your side yard right now and wait until the ground warms up then start digging.

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3. Try a new planting combination

Consider embracing change in other areas of your life as well as switching up your planting routine. Try perennials that will come back year after year instead of annual flowers for color in beds. Putting plants next to each other that take the same light and water requirements, and seeing how they complement each other. You may be surprised by the combinations that work well.

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4. Try one new earth-friendly gardening practice

There are numerous ways to help your garden have a lighter environmental footprint, such as starting a compost bin, ditching chemical sprays, investing in a rain barrel, switching to organic lawn fertilizers or planting natives.

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5. Cut down the size of your lawn

If you have plan to cut down on maintenance or reduce landscape water use, reducing turf grass can be one of the best ways to reach your target. Use mixed low-water plantings to replace areas of lawn, or transform into walkable ground covers or permeable surfaces like gravel or bark.Photo from Walmart