A homeowner's pride and joy is their garden. After all, it is usually the first thing a person notices about another's home, and who doesn't like prettily planted flowers or shrubs?

However, starting your own garden can be intimidating and sometimes you may not know where to start. Luckily, with the goal of creating the most beautiful garden and backyard ever, we have compiled a list of gardening secrets a pro wants you to know.

Eggshells as fertilizer

Eggshells are a relatively inexpensive source of nutrients for your plants and succulents. Not only do they provide the soil necessary calcium the soil needs, but they work to repel slugs and snails from your garden.

Epsom salt for germination

Epsom salt is rich in magnesium sulfate, which helps plants to germinate faster. Before planting, add a tablespoon to each hole, and then once sprouts start to bud, dissolve one part salt into five parts water and spray your crop once every few weeks. Soon you'll have a healthier and a more bountiful harvest.

Dish soap and canola oil for getting rid of pests

If you are noticing a bunch of unwanted bugs and pests in your backyard, try this tip. Mix together a tablespoon of canola oil with a squirt of liquid dish soap and combine with water for a natural pest spray. Spray liberally on all your plants and the bugs will soon vanish.

Vinegar to kill your weeds

Instead of investing in expensive and not to mention toxic commercial weed killers, just go into your pantry and pick up some white vinegar! Spray on any parts of your backyard, garden, or sidewalk that has pesky weeds, and they'll shrivel up in no time.

Water in the shade

It may be tempting to water your plants at the beginning of the day, but that is only when it is getting hot outside. If you water in the morning, the water may evaporate before it can fully sink in. So our rule of thumb is to always water in the shade, around dusk.

It is no surprise that the average homeowner spent over $500 on their garden in 2017, as gardens are what makes our homes look beautiful and stand out! Follow these tips today to get the garden of your dreams.