Gardening 101: 5 Gardening Tips To Keep a Healthy Garden


With spring about to make its grand entrance, what better way to make use of the sunshine and showers than by creating a beautiful garden? Whether or not you’ve tried your thumb at gardening before, we have some great tips for making yours as eye-catching and gorgeous as possible. Of course, there are other things to consider when you’re building a garden – like the amount of maintenance and time you will be able to dedicate to it. Displaying a beautiful garden, however, provides a huge sense of accomplishment! The work you put in will certainly prove to be worth it in the end! Here are a few tips on making a great garden this spring:

Use seed starter kits.

Seed starter kits are the easiest way for beginners to a successful beginning to their lush oasis. Results are usually much quicker with starter kits, and it’ll only encourage you to plant more! Starter kits are great because they often provide samples of other items you may want to add to your garden, including fertilizers and pH samples. This Antler King Mega Food Plot Starter Pack includes 6 sample packs and fertilizer, pH soil test kits, and an instructional DVD – this starter pack is sure to get you well on your way!

Invest in an efficient lawnmower.

You wouldn’t guess that cutting the grass would make such a difference in your garden’s appearance, but it sure does! Lawnmowers help speed up that process by making your garden look exceptionally cleaner and impressively kept. Make sure to invest in a good lawnmower that you’ll be able to use for years to come! This Cub Cadet Lawn Mower offers the perfect amount of stability and control and will be a terrific asset to your home and garden!

Invest in good gardening gloves.

Gardening gloves are a worthy investment. They’ll keep your hands clean and free from any injuries as well as protect your plants from any damage. Gardening gloves make it much easier to maneuver through tricky spots in order to reach your flowers! One of our favorites for the ladies are these Wells Lamont garden gloves because we love the soft, supple goldenrod deerskin palm with the flexible and adjustable spandex back!

Research your flower choices.

Some flowers respond better to sunnier climates while others tend to suffer. If you think you’re not going to have enough time in the day to remember to water your plants multiple times a day or even a week, you should take that into consideration. It’s better to start with smaller, easier plants to see which ones work well with your situation and schedule. Make sure you also invest in specific fertilizers and plant foods for certain flowers. One of our favorite seed starters is wildflower because they are strong and make a great filler for the outside of your garden!

Buy rich potting soil.

The kind of soil that you use for your plants truly makes a long-term effect on the life of your plants! Top quality soil will provide a great opportunity for your plants to thrive. There’s a large variety of different potting soils and brands to choose from so be sure to have an idea of what type of plants you will use the soil on before purchasing. One of our favorites is Miracle-Gro Potting Soil, which is a well-rounded soil that will benefit most of your plants!

Big R has an enormous quantity of supplies to get you started on your gardening journey! There’s no better way to greet spring than with a beautiful, colorful bunch of flowers and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Come by our lawn and garden center to get expert advice from one of our gardening associates to be on your way to a beautiful, spring garden.

About Big R

Bill and Pat Crabtree originated the Illinois Big R Stores in 1964 opening the first store in Watseka, Illinois. To date 20 stores have been opened in Illinois and Indiana; 2 stores in Ohio and 1 store in Wisconsin and we are still proud to be family-owned and operated. Our 12 Illinois stores are located in Watseka, Gibson City, Danville, Tilton, Pontiac, Morris, Pekin, Washington, Rochelle, Homer Glen, Streator and McHenry. Our 8 Indiana stores are located in Warsaw, 2 locations in Elkhart, Rochester, Wabash, Crawfordsville, Michigan City, and Marion. Our 2 stores in Ohio are located in Lima and Findlay. And 1 location in Wisconsin in Burlington. The offices and warehouses for Big R remain in Watseka, IL. Farm and Ranch store owners in the western states started the Big R brand name; they chose the name "Big R" to convey the "Ranch" identity. The Big R group is now comprised of 12 independent owners with store locations throughout the U.S. They all are members of Mid-States Distributing Company of St. Paul, MN. The Mid-States Coop has over 600 stores throughout the United States and Canada.