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Healthy Gardening Tips From a Garden Designer | Chevy Chase, MD

Dec 26, 2013 | Gardens

Chevy Chase, MD

Gardening is one of the most special parts of owning your own home. Yet, like anything worthwhile, it takes a great deal of commitment and time to get started. If you would like a helping hand creating the perfect backyard sanctuary then a garden designer may be just the person to help you on your way. After your expert garden designer assists you with setting up your garden design to get the perfect amount of sun, shade, water, and arranged for the optimal amount of draining, there are some basic tips that rookies and master gardeners alike can use for healthy gardening.
First, if you are growing something delicious in your garden then other creatures (insects and/or animals) will probably try to eat it before you have a chance to pick it. A quick trip to your local home improvement store will probably yield only limited options. If you’re serious about healthy gardening, then local experts can help you evaluate healthier options. They might suggest ladybugs to fight off your aphids, special barriers to keep out the hungry deer, and incredible flowers (like marigolds and nasturtium) that have natural bug-repellant properties.
Second, sometimes Mother Nature has been known to throw a curveball at gardeners. Preparation is the key. There are three key curveballs Mother Nature has been known to use that can wreak havoc on your garden: rain, sun, and frost. If we enter a wet spell, you can put cups in your garden to catch the rain so it doesn’t saturate the soil and drown your fledgling plants. If we enter a dry spell, try creating artificial shade with a tasteful tarp that can also pass as a decoration. Finally, Mr. Jack Frost doesn’t visit very often, but just in case he does, you can use that decorative tarp to shield your sensitive plants from his devastating effects.
The parks, restaurants, and trails are all fantastic in the area, but a “personal park” with your very own garden is priceless. Whether it’s your very first garden or you’re a self-proclaimed master gardener, these healthy gardening tips are always useful. If you’re interested in more healthy gardening tips, tricks for garden maintenance, or discussing your dream garden with an expert garden designer please contact us to see how we can help make your dream a reality in time for Spring.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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