Get beautiful results with help from Wildcat Tool Rental
If you’re one of the many people in Southwest Missouri who are staying at home during the coronavirus crisis, you have a lot more time to start – or expand – a garden this summer.
Before you head to a crowded Big Box retailer, stop by and see us at Wildcat Tool Rental. I’ve been advising both pros and amateur gardeners for many years – and I can give you personalized service you’ll seldom find at one of those huge stores.
Instead of being a couch potato, start planting real potatoes…plus vegetables and flowers that are ideal for our area. Now is the perfect time to prepare your garden – and the right tools can make the job a whole lot easier.
If you have kids who are at home, they’ll love helping you tend a beautiful garden this year. They can unplug from their smartphones and learn how to till and care for garden flowers and vegetables.
Rent These Time-Saving Tools
If all you have is a shovel, gardening and lawn care can be exhausting work. That’s why I recommend renting a tiller, a lawn aerator and a bed edger. Wildcat has some of the most trusted brands in the business – and I can guide you to the right tools for every project. We also rent mowers, weed-eaters, trimmers and even trucks and trailers for hauling dirt, large shrubs and more.
A garden tiller breaks up hard soil into loose dirt that makes planting easier. A tiller digs deep into the ground to blend organic matter into the soil so it can decompose faster and help nourish your plants.
A lawn aerator creates holes in the soil to help lawn grass grow better. It improves soil drainage and provides more oxygen for worms and micro-nutrients that enrich the soil. An aerator also reduces water runoff and puddling – and helps strengthen turfgrass roots.
A bed edger makes neat edges around plant beds to provide an attractive boundary between the lawn and bed. There are many materials you can use to edge your garden and create a distinctive look, including landscape timber, bender board, cement, brick and even steel.
Testing Your Soil
Before you plant, it’s a good idea to test your soil to see whether it’s acidic, alkaline or neutral. Soil pH is measured on a 1 to 14 scale: below 7 is acidic, 7 is neutral, and above 7 is alkaline.
Do I Need More Soil?
Most gardens need new soil on a regular basis, usually in the form of compost. Compost helps sandy soil retain water – and reduces compaction in clay soil. You can rent a truck or trailer from Wildcat to make it easy to add new soil when you need it.
What Should You Plant?
The Springfield area is in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6A. Here are some of the flowers and vegetables that thrive in our zone:
- Daisies – They usually have white petals and a yellow center, but you can find varieties that have pink centers.
- Daylilies – Color varieties include rose, yellow and vivid pink.
- Coneflowers – There are nearly 100 varieties, including purple, white and a number of exotic colors (hot papaya, tomato soup and more).
- Brussel Sprouts
Get Your Kids Involved in Gardening
Many kids grow up and never learn gardening basics. Now is the perfect time to get them involved, you can work alongside them all season long – and they’ll remember this shared activity for a lifetime.
This year, kids can learn how to grow their own food right here in Greene County – and how to tend some of the most beautiful gardens in the Ozarks.
Now is a great time for weeding because the soil is soft and moist – and weeds pull out easily. Once that’s done, your kids can learn how to use a tiller, aerator and bed edger. These are life skills that are just as important as math and science.
Here are some tips for getting your children more involved in this year’s lawn and garden projects:
Let them choose the plants and vegetables – You’ll be surprised by the variety and colors they choose. Studies show that kids are much more likely to eat the vegetables they help grow.
Show them how to transplant – Your kids will be fascinated seeing a plant get moved from a pot to a place in your garden.
Make gardening a part of your daily routine – Tending the garden is a nice break from video games and TV binging.
Turn the sandbox into a garden – If your kids already have a sandbox in the backyard, they can turn it into a mini-garden with some potting soil and starter plants.
Some Helpful Gardening Tips
- Some plants (like lettuce) grow directly from seeds. Read the seed packet for information on planting time, depth and spacing.
- Seedlings need daily watering – and transplants every other day.
- Cover your soil with several inches of mulch to keep weeds out and moisture in.
- Know the difference between insects that are helpful to your garden (like the lady bug, praying mantis and most types of spiders) and those that are harmful to it (like boxelder bugs, pillbugs and some types of aphids).
- Remove destructive insects from your plants by either hosing them off or dropping them in a bucket of soapy water.
- Support your tall plants (like tomatoes) with a trellis or stake.
Where To Find Gardening Inspiration
The Farmer’s Almanac has tips for what and when to plant in the Springfield area.
But you can’t create a masterpiece without the right tools. Call me today at (417) 753-8665 to learn more about our complete line of trusted name-brand tools.
Wildcat is where it’s at for garden rentals!