Want your garden to look amazing, but don’t know how to start? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are the 6 steps you should take to guarantee you have a gorgeous garden. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be sure to end up with a landscape that you can spend hours enjoying.
- Begin with an outline
First things first, you’ll want to plan out the shape of your new garden. You can plan the lines of the garden to follow the outline of your house. Another option is to come up with a shape that’s more artsy or even unique, depending on your specific tastes and visions. Once you’ve picked out the perfect design, you can lay out a hose to get a picture of the shape, and then mark it with sand or flour, once you’ve got it exactly right.
- Clear the area
One thing you’ll want to do is clear out your garden as much as possible, before you start planting new things there. The biggest task will be grass, if there’s any growing in the area now. If there is, you’ll want to dig it out with a space or sod cutter. If you have enough time, you can cut it down as low as possible, using your lawnmower. Next, cover the area with a layer of newspaper and a thick covering of compost or soil. This could take a month or two, but if you can wait that long, the grass beneath the cover will die. You’ll also need to clear any roots, rocks, and other miscellaneous debris out of the area as well.
- Get the soil ready
Once any grass and debris is out of the way, you can prep the soil. Enrich the soil with compost or other organic matter, so it’s fertile for the new plants you’ll be bringing in. This step is important in order to ensure that your plants have a solid foundation to grow in.
- Create a clear edge
One of the elements that can make your garden look defined and well cared for is a clear, distinct edge. A clear border or even some sort of barricade can keep pests out as well as making your garden look professionally maintained. A nice trench, several inches deep and an inch or two wide will be quite effective. You might even consider using brick or short fencing to mark the limits of your garden.
- Weed control
Keeping weeds is the always going to be a part of your life if you’re maintaining a garden. You don’t want these annoying plants taking over your garden, or stealing your precious water and nutrients from the plants and grass you take so much time out of your week to care for. There are several ways of dealing with weeds, so do your research and choose the method that works best for you and your yard.
- Group similar plants
The way you place your garden can really boost the charm of your beautiful garden. Grouping by color creates a lovely effect by dividing the space into segments and creates the appearance of framing.