Designing a New Garden

One of the joys of landscaping is setting up a beautiful garden with landscape lighting that enhances the curb appeal of your home. But if you have just moved to a new area or you have never gotten involved with gardening before then you might not know what kind of plants you would like or what would work in your yard. Taking the time to learn about your climate and the kinds of plants that typically grow can save you a lot of time when you are trying to get your garden going.

Choosing Your Materials

The first step in designing a garden will be determining where it will go, what shape it will be and how large you want the beds. Once you have mapped this out in your yard, make note of what the soil is like in these areas, how much moisture usually accumulates there and how much sun the beds will get throughout the day. Different plants need different levels of water and sunlight in order to thrive so you will need to choose your flowers accordingly.

You will also need to consider how much time you have to invest in taking care of your new garden. Plants such as tulips and other bulbs will need to be replanted every fall, shrubs will need to be pruned and flowers will need to be watered. If you do not plan on spending a lot of time in your yard keeping up with these tasks then you will want to focus on plants that can survive without a great deal of work on your part. Focus on flowers that do not need a lot of water and do not grow quickly so you do not need to give them a constant amount of attention.

Different plants also attract different pests such as aphids that you will need to deal with. Different kinds of flowers also make tasty snacks for rabbits or squirrels if you live in an area where they thrive. You will need to decide whether or not you are comfortable with using pesticides on your plants to eliminate bugs or whether you want to focus more on natural methods of keeping pests away. Unfortunately, aside from caging your plants or building barriers around your garden there is not much you can do to get rid of rabbits to try to focus on plants they will not eat if you anticipate this problem.

If you are planning a vegetable garden for your home then you will need to focus your planning on the health of your family. You will need to use natural products or pesticides that are intended to be used around food so you do not make your family sick. Most vegetables like tomatoes and beans also require fences or cages to grow on so they have ample support for their vines. You will need to select an area of your yard where these necessities can be installed without getting in the way.

Once you have started designing a new garden you will have to start thinking about the mechanics. Evaluate your soil and determine whether or not you will need to add fertilizer to help your plants grow or mulch to keep weeds at bay. You will also need to think about whether or not your garden hose can reach the beds so all of your plants can get the water they need and whether or not you will be able to maneuver your lawnmower around your plants successfully. Taking the time to think about these elements will insure the success of your garden.

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