Watch the Sun
Apart from indoor plants, most other species require at least six hours of direct sunlight for healthy growth. Consider spots in your yard that get maximum sunlight irrespective of the season.
Arrange for Adequate Water
Plan the layout of your garden in such a way that you have an adequate source of water nearby. Buy long hose pipes so you can water the plants without having to carry heavy buckets to and fro.
Invest in Good Soil
Invest in nutrient-rich soil with the right mixture of garden-soil and organic matter such as compost or aged manure. Do not add chemical fertilizers.
Choose the Right Plants
Pick plants according to the climatic condition in your neighbourhood and the layout of your property. Opt for heat-tolerant species if your yard gets too much of sunlight or you live in a warm area. If you are planning to plant tender plants that grow best in indirect sunlight, ensure they are planted in shady areas.
Transporting your Plants
To avoid damaging plants while transporting from the store to your home, place a small step ladder in the back of your car. The slots between the ladders will hold the plants in place perfectly.
Know Your Frost Dates
Planting too early or too late can be disastrous for your garden. Get an idea both about the average Spring and Fall frost time. This will help you to plant your saplings at the right time in Spring or harvest them before frost damages them during Winter.
Feed your Plants Well
Good soil by itself will not keep your plants healthy. Add good quality, organic all-purpose plant food as a supplement to your soil a month after you have planted the saplings.
Control Aggressive Plants
Certain species look great but can spread out aggressively thereby depriving other plants of nutrients. Prune the roots of such plans regularly or plant them in containers.
Loosen Roots in Potted Plants
Roots in potted plants tend to form tight circles through the years. To prevent this, gently move the roots outwards at regular intervals and prune the ends.
Protect your Saplings
Protect newly planted saplings from birds and animals by placing netting over them. Once they are big enough, simply remove the netting and allow the plants to grow naturally.