Friday, November 4, 2016

The (Non) Constant Gardener: Gardening Tips For The Beginner


It's always a wonderful thing when you move into your own property and having a garden at the back that is finally your own. If you have never been a homeowner before this is a wonderful feeling. But enjoy that feeling before the realisation sets in that it is a mammoth task. Instead of the idyllic backyard, it may look a bomb hit it. And this may cost a bomb regarding getting it up to speed. If you are a gardening novice, sometimes you need someone to hold your hand and working through the basics. So for those that haven't developed their own garden before, here are the basics broken down for you.

Grass
The foundation of your garden is a good place to start (after you have cleared the debris). Examine the garden and see where the sun hits it. If you have total and complete sun coverage, your grass will grow very evenly. An ideal amount of time to help grass grow in the sun is six hours continuously. Other factors including the time of year or the amount of sun you get. It may be tempting to start as soon as you move in. But if you start in the bleak midwinter, you do have quite a task ahead of you.

Walls
Depending on how sociable you are a neighbour, you may wish to section off certain parts of the garden. Deciding on making a wall or erecting a wood fence are two avenues to go down. But the cost will be the big factor for you. One of the cheaper options is to get stone. But the prices can increase based on what type of pets the stone is. Laying it yourself will be easier but will take a lot of time. In which case, your other option would be to use standard brick.  Once you get the knack of it, laying brick wall is easy to accomplish by yourself.

Plants
This all depends on where you would like to house the plants. You could have them out in the garden, or you could get a greenhouse. Plants and flowers have wonderful colour, so you can think about what type of style you would like your garden to take. And plants are a determining factor in this. You could have white lilies or yellow sunflowers. If the garden has lots of shade, you need plants that can survive without needing as much sun. In this case, flowers like an autumn crocus or begonias are two recommended types.  Always remember when planting the seeds, to plant them evenly, and follow the instructions on the packet!

Shed
The shed can be a focal point of any nice garden, and it doubles up as a handy outhouse. There are so many different types of sheds that you can pick from. The most common material is wood. But you are likely to have more water leakage when compared to a plastic shed or a metal shed. If you purchase a wooden one, get one that has an overhanging roof.


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