Do you have a boring garden you’d like to make something beautiful out of? Or are you a first-time homeowner itching to take care of your first garden? Gardening is a rewarding hobby that gets beautiful results if you do it right. Here are our five steps to a beautiful garden.
Step 1: Do your research
Get to know your garden and the plants you’d like to put in it. When it comes to familiarizing yourself with your garden, some things you want to consider are if it’s south or north-facing and what type of soil you have. This will help you decide what to plant and where to plant it. You can figure these things out by looking at what’s already growing in the garden and doing a soil test. If you already have any plants or flowers in the garden that you would like to keep, identify what species they are and how best to take care of them. Do the same for any plants that you’re interested in adding. Use the internet or books to figure out which ones you’re willing to take care of.
Step 2: Plan it out
A garden that wasn’t planned out beforehand can look messy and haphazard. Take some time to map out in your head or on a piece of paper what things you want to add to your garden, and where you should put them. Take into account both the aesthetic and practical factors.
Step 3: Buy plants and flowers
Whether you show up with a shopping list or make it up as you go, your next stop is the local greenhouse. Adding the right plants and flowers to your garden will truly make it stand out, so choose whatever looks pretty and will fit your aesthetic, but make sure you know to take care of them and that they’ll survive the climate you live in. Choosing a good greenhouse will also give you access to high-quality plants and the expertise of the staff.
Step 4: Plant
One of the most exciting parts of the gardening adventure is planting your plants. This isn’t as simple as sticking them in some soil. Prep your soil as required, using mulch or fertilizer if needed, and research your plant species to ensure you plant them properly. They should not be planted too deep or too shallow. Planting them correctly will let them live a long time and help them grow. Do it right the first time and you won’t have to do it again.
Step 5: Maintain
A garden isn’t something you plant and then leave to itself. To keep it looking beautiful, you need to maintain it. Don’t just rely on rainwater to do the job for you. As part of researching your garden, you will have figured out what it takes for your plants to thrive. Follow the care guidelines for each species by feeding and watering them as required. Additionally, try to keep children and pets out of your plants so they don’t get damaged.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll soon have the most beautiful garden in the neighborhood!