Hate bagging leaves?istock/ukrainec
You don’t have to. If there’s just a light layer, go over them with your mower and leave them on your lawn. As they break down, they’ll help limit weeds from popping up. (For the sake of your neighbors though, just don’t use a leaf blower.)
You can send a sample of your soil to a local agricultural agency to have it tested.
Dig down six to seven inches deep and then gather two cups of dirt into sample bags. Mail them off to find out what nutrients you need.
If you find a flower you like, always buy more than one.istock/sarahdoow
Plant clumps of species in odd numbers, such as five or seven in one area, or repeat the groupings throughout your landscape for a unifying effect.
Love flowers in your home? Here’s how to make them last longer.