Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sorting Out All The Hassle Of Making Your Own Beautiful Garden

The garden
Easily one of the most beautiful parts of any home if done right. Equally horrendous If left entirely to its own devices. Those of us who have a garden always want it to look a bit better than it does. However, that might seem like a lot of work. In truth, it’s not going to get done without some effort. But that doesn’t mean it has to be particularly hard. By keeping the right tricks in mind, your gardening experience can be a lot more pleasant.
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Know your plants

Easy, now. We’re not saying that you need to know absolutely everything there is to know about horticulture. Or even that you need to develop a particularly broad kind of knowledge about different plants. That may develop in time. However, to start growing things in your garden, you need to know what you’re growing. You need, most importantly, to make sure that it’s able to grow without issue in your zone. It’s easy to find all sorts of guides for flowers and plants that will grow in your zone. Similarly, you will need to get a better idea of frost dates, when some plants may no longer be able to survive.

Your soil

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It’s not just your area (or zone for the green-thumbed) that matters, however. The soil itself plays a big role in how well things are able to grow. For example, you might have already heard about maintaining the right pH levels. Certain levels of acidity or alkaline may make it impossible to grow what you want to. However, you can change the condition of your soil without too much fuss. Get a testing kit to find the pH level of your soil. Check the plants you want in your garden and what they need. If they need soil that’s more acidic, you can use aluminum sulphate, easily found in gardening stores. If it needs to be less acidic, use ground lime, instead.

Getting your tools ready
The right plants and the right soil are vital to have any kind of success in your garden. But to really get to work on it, you’re going to need the right tools on hand. It’s all about function, here. You need trowels and the like that can easily cut through soil and move things like stones that might be buried within. A small wheelbarrow can be very useful in transporting plants or soil for landscaping as well. You can even make a few additions to the wheelbarrow to make it a bit of a portable gardening center. Watering your garden is obviously important, so checking out the best expandable hoses is recommended, too.

Arranging your garden
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If you want a beautiful garden with flower beds and neatly arranged plants, be prepared to put in a bit of elbow grease. Garden landscaping might take some work, but it’s not as difficult to understand as some might think. It’s all about arranging the soil into different beds and making boundaries to keep things neat and organized. There are a lot of easy landscaping DIY tasks that can be done on the course of a weekend. Whether it’s creating an undulating berm to line your garden or making a nice smooth divide between the lawn and flower beds. The most gorgeous gardens might not take as much work as you expect. Of course, if you’re not too handy with the DIY, you can always use a landscaper to take care of it for you.

Pest control
No matter where you live, it’s likely that you’re going to have the possibility of pests that can come in and make a wreck of your nice garden. Aphids, snails and all over kinds of creatures can pose a real danger and are a constant thorn in the side of gardeners. However, there are a lot of ways to control the ecosystem of your garden. For one, there are repellents and pesticides that can make quick work of any pest. However, for those who prefer a softer touch, the garden itself can control the ecosystem within it. Just as some plants attract aphids and the like, others can attract their predators and other creatures that are good for the garden.

The lawn
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It’s not all about the different flowers and plants you keep, however. The lawn also needs a bit of work. For those of us who are lucky, they have a lawn that only needs a bit of mowing. An older lawn may have need of work to remove weeds or even kill moss growing amongst it. Usually, when you’ve done that, you need to start from the beginning. Making a lawn means setting the soil all over again. Sometimes it can mean taking off the whole top six inches. After that, it’s all about seeding the grass. Some use sod, but there are methods like hydroseeding which can give you a much more even dispersal.

You might also want to consider the less natural additions you’re going to be making to the garden as well. If a lot of people are to imagine their dream garden, then it also includes a nice clean space they can eat at or enjoy a drink. Without getting in the middle of their garden and making a potential mess. If you have the space for it, you can set up your own decking without too much bother. First, you need to make sure you have the right materials. Any wood used needs to be insect and weather resistant. From there, it’s just a means of learning how to make sure it’s framed and put together for stability’s sake. There’s also a chance you may need a permit in place to start installing it.

Growing vegetables
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Some people like to have a bit more use out of their garden. Flowers might look lovely and all but there’s something to be said for the unique appeal of eating your own homegrown veg. There are a lot of things to consider when growing vegetables, however. The location of the vegetable garden matters, due to the need for sunlight. As well as the kind of vegetables you can grow within the space you have. Growing vegetables is rewarding, but you need to be willing to do your research if you want anything substantial at the end of it all. Luckily, there are a lot of guides on where to put your vegetable garden and what to put in it.

Making compost
Any vegetable garden and any good garden at all has a need of compost. You can easily buy compost but almost as easy is making it yourself. It also gets rid of a lot of waste. Making your own compost takes time, however. There are two methods. Cold composting is the most common variety. It involves building a bin or container and simply filling it with all your natural waste, such as vegetable peels and eggshells. Then you keep it for over a year until you have a nice load of compost ready to use. Hot composting is a more involved process. It only takes a month to three months using nitrogen, carbon, air and water.

Keeping track
Taking care of your own garden, as you might have imagined, is an involved process. That’s why it so very easily becomes a hobby for a lot of people who do it. But a lot of gardeners have a secret as to how they find it so easy to keep track of everything they need to know. They keep it all jotted down in a notebook. If you get into gardening, make sure you start your own notebook in the process. There are a lot of things you will want to keep track of. Seasonal planting guides for seeds and vegetables. Which growths make good companions. Monthly and seasonal chores to take care of around the gardening. There are plenty of notebooks you can get from the internet to get started.

Green gardening
A lot of gardeners also tend to make for environmentally conscientious people. There’s something about cultivating and growing nature that makes people a lot more protective of it. That’s why green gardening is growing so popular. There are a lot of different techniques to make a more environmentally friendly gardening experience. Naturally getting rid of pests instead of using pesticides is one way. As is choosing plants that attract and sustain pollinators. Creating your own compost prevents waste, as we’ve mentioned. Then there are ways to landscape your garden, such as on a slope, that increases water travel. Using grey water instead of filling your can up fresh every time also helps conserve.

Keeping on top of your gardening means adopting a few new methods. You need all the right tools as well as the knowledge to make sure everything grows successfully. It can seem like a lot to take in all at once, but keeping note of that knowledge can make it a lot easier than you might think.

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