In his famous book Les Misérables, Victor Hugo wrote: “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” It’s true that gardens can bring us a lot of joy and happiness, but a beautiful garden doesn’t come easy. Allow me to present one more quote to you, from another acclaimed author from the past (Rudyard Kipling): “Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade.”
Unfortunately, gardens require a lot of work, not only to start them but to maintain their beauty for the long haul. If you’d like to have a lovely garden on your property, here are four steps you should take:
Keep it separated
When it comes to your lawn and garden, you have to follow the advice from The Offspring and “keep ‘em separated.” Ensure that your garden is isolated from the rest of your lawn. Not only will it look more appealing, it will also keep grass from invading your garden. You can use something as simple as metal strips, or some brick or block work if you’re feeling fancy.
Evict the weeds
You know weeds are ugly, but they’ll also hinder the growth of your plants. Weeds will sap away nutrients from the soil that could feed your vegetables or flowers, and if they grow tall enough, they can block sunlight from them, too.
Feed the soil
To ensure your garden plants are healthy, you need to have rich, fertile soil. You can accomplish this through the use of fertilizer, compost or mulch. Additionally, when planting new seeds, break up the soil and mix your chosen soil additive into the top layer.
Watch out for pests
Nothing will damage a garden quicker than pests. You should inspect your plants and flowers for bugs and remove any you can see. If necessary, consider using pesticides sparingly to help the cause. Also, watch for signs of larger pests such as squirrels – they will gladly partake in your vegetables. If you suspect critters, consider using a repellant to keep them out or installing wire mesh around your garden.