Now that the sun is finally out and winter is over, it’s time to start getting out your gardening tools. Whether you’re thinking of starting a garden in your front yard or backyard, there are many things to consider before you start digging up the soil. To help you make the most of your landscape design, here are a few tips that are guaranteed to assist in your gardening adventures.
Know Your Climate
Before you even think about choosing plants for new garden space, you need to understand the type of climate you live in and how it’ll affect your future plants. If you get a lot of rain during the spring and summer months, then you shouldn’t purchase plants that need very little water to survive. The same goes for plants that thrive in the shade. If your yard is open to the sun at all hours of the day, choose plants that need a lot of sunlight to survive.
Be Aware of Pests
Does your neighbourhood get regular visits from raccoons, stray animals, insects or other pests? If so, then you’ll need to be aware of the flowers you plant, as they can attract unwanted guests to your home. Pests can make a mess of your landscape, whether it’s destroying your plants or digging up your yard time and time again.
Not sure where to start in your landscaping adventure? Then look online or browse through gardening magazines to find some inspiration. Not only can this help you determine how full or sparse you want the yard to look, but also what types of flowers will best suit what you’re looking to achieve.
If you’re new to gardening and don’t know what plants to start with, then seek guidance from an expert at your local nursery. They’ll be able to help you select the best starter plants, and it’ll stop you from filling your car with an assortment of flowers that survive under different conditions, require different amounts of water or simply grown at different times of the year.
Choose a Colour Scheme
What colours would best suit your house’s exterior? You wouldn’t want the colours to clash, so consider the red brick or brown siding before choosing colourful flowers for your garden. It also might be best to stick to a few colours as well, instead of picking flowers in every colour possible, unless a rainbow garden is a look you’re going for.
Map Out Your Garden Beforehand
Once you’ve figured out which plants will be going into your garden, it’s time to determine where you’re going to place them. To ensure the best landscaping experience, make a rough plan of where each plant type will go. If your garden stretches out under a window, makes sure you don’t plant flowers that will grow too tall and block your view.
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