Gardening With Dad

Michael Nolan
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Chances are your Dad is the no-nonsense type who doesn’t like to waste time on things he doesn’t care about. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t like gardening, it means that digging, tilling, weeding, and watering are just chores that take him away from things he’d rather be doing. If you want to get him out in the garden, you should plant an easy care garden with rugged, sturdy plants that are drought, pest, and heat-tolerant and don’t need a lot of care and attention.

Dad’s Easy Care Garden

When your garden bed is ready, lay down a good quality weed barrier before you begin planting. This will ensure Dad doesn’t spend his free time pulling pesky weeds out of the garden, and it will earn you plenty of brownie points to use down the road.

THD-agave560x400For Dad’s garden, look for plant selections that are heat, pest, and drought tolerant as this will ensure that he doesn’t have to stand outside with a water hose or pesticide. Here are a few favorites:

  • Agave
  • Aloe Vera
  • Anise Hyssop
  • Hens and Chicks
  • Ornamental Grasses

These are only guidelines. It is important that you choose plants based on where you live. If you need help, ask one of the knowledgeable associates at your Home Depot Garden Center. All of the plants you’ll find are chosen because they perform well in your area.

Mulch is critical for Dad’s garden. It keeps the moisture in and the weeds out. It also makes the garden bed look great. You could choose from the typical bark and wood mulches or even use bagged rock like white marble or river rock. There are so many great options; you’re sure to find one that Dad will love.

Of course it is possible that you will need to resort to other measures to get Dad interested in gardening, but we’ve got you covered there too. One look at the Griller’s Herb Toolbox Garden and dear ol’ Dad will be a gardener for life.

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