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Gardening is a wonderfully therapeutic hobby. Humans have been gardening since 3,000 BCE—and there’s a reason we’ve stuck with it. Gardening can produce beautiful flowers, a bountiful harvest, or a stylish backyard.
Many people have longed after the so-called “green thumb” but can’t figure out the proper steps towards planting the garden of their dreams. Here are some important tips for making the most of your garden!
Plan it Out
Before you plant anything, draw up a sketch of your yard. Use a coding system to mark where certain plants will be located. Try to use this sketch to visualize your garden once its grown in. Many gardeners that place plants as they go end up with a lopsided, chaotic garden. Planning out your garden will also help you to figure out how many plants you’ll need to buy.
Be sure to leave some space between plants to allow for the roots to spread and the greenery to grow out! This may make the garden seem sparse at first, but your plants will thank you once they’re grown.
Garden with a Theme
Starting out with a theme in mind can help a garden appear professional and purposeful. Some gardeners prefer to work with all ferns and greenery rather than flowers. If you like flowers, consider choosing a color palette to work within rather than randomized colors. Create a mesmerizing rainbow effect by planning certain sections for each color. Match your home’s nautical theme through blue flowers, white plants, and unique ferns. The sky is the limit!
Get Professional Help
Making the most of your garden includes taming and preparing your backyard space. This may require enlisting some professional help for projects that are a bit past your DIY capabilities. You may imagine building a deck or putting up a fence. One of the most common problems gardeners face when envisioning their new space comes from overgrown or poorly placed trees. Professional tree lopping can help turn your yard into a blank canvas for a gorgeous garden.
This tip is especially crucial for small spaces. Creating a multi-leveled garden can tie together a space and offer more room for growing. Consider buying or building raised beds to create a layered appearance in your garden. Hanging baskets can introduce greenery onto a deck and tie together the entire backyard.
If you’re looking for a great DIY garden project, look no further than vertical planting. Vertical gardens are a new phenomenon in gardens across the globe. There are countless vertical planter DIY guides throughout the internet—find one you like and get building! Vertical gardens can exponentially increase your planting space and can create a unique appearance.
Create a Focal Point
Gardens can appear chaotic and unorganized without a focal point. Create a piece that will draw the eye and allow the rest of your garden to compliment this point. Example focal points could include a large, established oak tree, a bird bath, a large rock structure, or a uniquely filled planter. Get creative with your focal point!
Use Furniture Strategically
A garden can be a great entertainment area. By including couches or chairs, a garden can gain a new secondary purpose. Most furniture, however, can dually be used in the garden design. Crafting a patch of greenery around a bench can create a beautiful focal piece. Mixing furniture with your garden can create a multifunctional space that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Upkeep and maintenance is one of the most difficult parts of gardening. Consistent watering and pruning is crucial for creating the garden of your dreams. Be sure to research the best pruning methods for each of your plants. The dead flowers of some plants, for example, should be cut off to allow for the best growing. Other plants are better left alone for proper growth. We recommend creating a spreadsheet for your garden. Include each plant’s name, its location(s) in your garden, how often it should be watered, preferred pruning styles, and growing seasons.