Gardens require maintenance, there’s no getting around that fact. Most of us, however, don’t have very much time to dedicate to those chores, so we’re looking for ways to at least reduce the amount of maintenance our gardens require.

One solution is to begin with good soil. Add organic material to the soil before planting the garden. This can be compost from your own compost pile or something you purchase like humus or mushroom compost. This organic material will help your plants thrive for the life of the garden.

If you choose to fertilize, use a slow release product that mixes into the soil at planting time so you don’t have to bother with it again through the season. The addition of mulch to the garden will reduce the growth of weeds and therefore your weeding chores through the season.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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