Cultivate a ‘Green Thumb’

Cultivate a ‘Green Thumb’



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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)–Next time you take a stroll through your neighborhood you might notice a common trend in your neighbors’ yards – flowers, plants and vegetables are blooming in a big way. According to the National Gardening Association, 36 percent of all U.S. households have a flower garden and 22 percent have a vegetable garden.

The reasons behind the rise in popularity of gardening are varied. A main driver is that homeowners see the value of increasing the aesthetic appeal of their property with external renovations, particularly if they’re thinking about selling their homes. But perhaps the most rewarding benefit to gardening is that it can be a relaxing hobby. Also, a vegetable or herb garden can help spice up recipes and provide a healthy component to any diet.

“Growing a garden is an excellent way to spend some quality free time,” says Argeo Tamayo, an associate with The Home Depot. “No matter who you are or where you live, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor by watching your garden grow from newly planted seeds to beautiful flowers, herbs or vegetables.”

For homeowners looking to do some planting this season, The Home Depot offers these helpful hints:

— Begin pruning trees and shrubs, but don’t trim developing flowers.

— Check plants and bulbs for uprooting due to winter conditions and press them back down carefully.

— Remove winter mulch from gardens and flower beds. In addition to winter mulch, remove all branches that are dead, rubbing, damaged or diseased. Then remove all spindly growth and cut the remaining canes to a height of one to three feet.

— Rake leaves, weeds and other debris and dispose of properly.

— Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, cool-season crops and even some flowers where the ground is soft. When planting trees or shrubs, it’s important to know how large your tree or shrub will get so it won’t encroach on your house, power lines or other trees and shrubs. Also, avoid planting too high by measuring the depth of the root ball and the planting hole as you dig.

— Apply a pre-emergent weed killer to beds and borders.

— As weather continues to warm, plant annuals and vegetables.

— Feed and water plants, flowers and vegetables according to your expert at The Home Depot. It’s also good to keep a plant encyclopedia so you’ll know just how much water your newly planted trees, shrubs or flowers need.

Remember that gardens require particular care throughout the year.

Check with the experts from The Home Depot for more landscaping tips or any gardening questions or refer to the new The Home Depot Gardening 1-2-3 book.

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Cultivate a ‘Green Thumb’