Growing the Perfect Garden: Six Secrets to Success
Growing a garden and creating a backyard paradise is no small feat. A gardener must design his or her garden with the same care with which a composer writes a symphony: nothing is thrown together in a haphazard fashion, but rather every element is carefully placed to form a breathtaking composition. Once completed, this composition slowly unfolds through the seasons to reveal the gardener's masterpiece.
Garden design is an art form without a doubt, but it doesn't need to take a massive time commitment to maintain a beautiful garden. It is possible to create a low-maintainence garden by planning ahead and saving yourself unnecessary hard work down the road.
Take into consideration the following tips, and you'll find gardening is not as hard at it looks. Before long, you and your friends will be lounging in hanging hammock chairs enjoying the atmosphere you've created, instead of endlessly pulling weeds in the hot summer sun.Don't Even Bother With Weeds:
Weeds often overwhelm new gardens in no time flat. But you can avoid this by taking preventative steps before starting your garden. Make sure you dig up all the dirt where you will place your garden, and go deep enough to get to all the roots hiding in the soil. Eliminating the cause of weeds makes your garden much less susceptible, and you'll save tons of weed-pulling time down the road.Imagine Moving Through Your Garden, Before You Have To:
Many people design an elaborate garden, only to find that they can hardly move through it to water certain plants. Remember, you might need to visit a plant deep within your garden, so it is best to plan for this in the design phase. Leave room for stepping stones, paved walkways, or mulch-covered paths. Having easy transportation routes through your garden not only makes your life easier, but it keeps your precious plants from being trampled by others walking through your garden.Consider Each Plant's Maintenance Requirements:
Take into consideration the maintenance each plant requires, and place them in your garden accordingly. Demanding plants should be close at hand and easy to get to. Alternately, you could opt to altogether leave them out of your garden and stick to hassle-free plants.Be Mindful Of Your Lawn's Shape:
The shape of your lawn has the potential to drastically affect the number of maintenance hours it requires. Picture mowing your lawn before you construct it. Sticking to flowing lines and long easy curves will make mowing a breeze.Potted Plants Have Plenty Of Potential:
Putting plants in containers offers more variation to your design and also serves a practical purpose. Potted plants can easily be moved to modify your garden or to protect sensitive plants from summer storms.Consider Xeriscaping Or Using Regional Plants:
Xeriscaping is a landscaping style that aims to create low-water gardens, which require very little maintenance: think rock gardens. This style of landscaping is best for arid regions where water is scarce, but it can be used in varying degrees for gardens anywhere.
More important than creating gardens with low water requirements, is creating a garden that requires little water in addition to that provided by nature. This is best accomplished by using native species or varieties from regions with similar environments. Visiting a local garden supply center is a good way to get more information.Closing Thoughts:
Anyone can create a splendid garden environment, but even among beautiful gardens, not all are created equal. Some require long days of hard labor to maintain, while others demand little more than an hour of weekly work. Which type of garden you create is largely the result of the effort you put into planning it all out.
Effective planning takes patience and time. Think about each space you want to create, imagine what it will look like when each plant is in bloom (and when its not), picture walking through your garden, and make sure to consider your garden's maintenance requirements while still in the pen-and-paper phase.
A little forethought can go a long way toward creating a burgeoning garden that's not just a pleasure to look at, but is also a pleasure to take care of. So plan your garden effectively, and you can enjoy spending your afternoon smelling the lilacs while listening to birds sing the day away.About the Writer:
Jay Chua lives in Vancouver, Canada where he enjoys maintaining his own garden paradise with his lovely wife. He enjoys reading and writing about gardening, and he always has useful tips to help others create their ideal garden. Jay also has a website, PorchSwingSets.com, which offers useful reviews of some of today's best backyard equipment. Visit his site to learn all about lawn chairs, porch swing, and even classic pawleys island hammocks.