I Can Do Better: Landscaping a Garden

Now that you’ve decided to make the most of the green space you have at your disposal, it appears it’s not as easy as you imagined. There are too many questions and dilemmas inside your head. Whether big or small, a particular size doesn’t make this task any easier either. Luckily for you, our tips are here to guide you through all the basic steps: planning, planting, and maintaining. Even better – they’re applicable to all types of residential gardens. So here’s what you should be doing.

Planning

This is exactly where you’re stuck, aren’t you? That’s because this stage involves sorting and solving questions going around in your head. So let’s start from the beginning.

First, decide what kind of style you prefer. Next, be realistic about your wishes and abilities. Some garden styles are exquisite and the designs are absolutely mesmerizing, but they require a lot of work around trimming and watering. Or perhaps the local climate isn’t the most suitable? So make sure to be realistic.

In order to get the most out of your garden, you should find the right information to help you out if you’re thinking about increasing kerb appeal, making a succulent plants garden, or a garden bed for spring display. At the beginning, you’ll simply have to educate yourself a bit more, but eventually you’ll know everything there is about your lovely greenery.

Then, make a sketch of the space and decide on the plants and arrangements. Separate the land into zones. Maybe this part is where you’ll decide to have a seating area. Over there would be perfect for a new tree. Also, imagine looking at the garden from the inside. What kind of view do you wish to have? This should help you a lot when making decisions. Decide on a couple of focal points and work from there. However, don’t go wild. Bear in mind the sun and wind patterns. After all, what use is having a beautiful patio if it’s not located right at the place which gets the most sun?

By the way, it’s perfectly normal to make several plans – this is no mean feat, so the fact that you’ve already torn a couple of sketches is to be expected.

Finally, the last step in the planning stage is the good old budget. As with any project, there are bound to be some unexpected expenses, though it is “just a garden”. Do the maths, and be sure to add 15% to 20% for surprise costs. That way, you’ll be ready for whatever comes your way, and come it shall.

Planting

You’ve already thought we’re never going to get to this stage, haven’t you? When it comes to planting, you should always do that in odd multiples – this is one of the rules of thumb. Plant 1’s, 3’s, 5’s, 7’s, or maybe even 9’s. Also, despite the fact that you are planting in mass, don’t make the land overcrowded. Leave enough space for each species to grow.

Whatever it is you’re planting, you should aim for consistency rather than chaos. Try repeating certain colours, textures and forms. Similar plants should stick together. For instance, you can cluster several types of ferns. While their leaves are different, the colour and form will be similar enough.

Maintenance

This stage isn’t just about regular mowing and watering. Having decided on the preferred flora, keep the list of everything you’re going to plant. Also be sure to note the places you bought them from, or who gave them to you. This way  you’ll know who to turn to if you want to add more of them, or should you experience any problems. Make sure you mark the spots where you’re using weed and grass killers. Perennials will have to be divided and replanted from time to time. If you live with your family, you can get them involved, too, but make sure everybody knows their duties.

Make a new plan

Indeed, planning is the very last step, too. The initial sketch was there just as an idea. In the meantime, you’re bound to cross out and add a bunch of things. Maybe the flower shop didn’t have that particular flower, or you spotted some nice species in the neighbourhood. Writing down what you have planted in the flower beds is also important – you may simply oversee that anything was supposed to grow there if it doesn’t sprout out in the spring.

Lots of things to remember about a “simple” chore, but fear not. Take your time, cover all these steps, and your garden will soon be a perfect representative of your love for nature and your creativity.

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