The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer. This might be a good time for you to spend some more time outdoors and design your own dream garden.
There are many reasons why you should have a garden in your house. Even if you have limited space, you could still design a beautiful garden around your house. Of course you could grow some fresh fruits and vegetables in your garden, but the most obvious reason for having a beautiful garden is for the looks. Having a garden full of colorful flowers and vegetables growing around your house just makes your house look picture perfect.
Spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner. Now is the right time to work on your garden and make it beautiful. Designing a dream garden for your backyard would require you to understand your area, your climate and picking the right plants. You could make the most out of your available space according to your needs, time and budget.
Planning your dream garden
Half the fun of designing your dream garden comes from planning your garden. Your yard could become a significant place for family gathering and for outdoor fun.
When planning your garden, carefully consider all your available space and think of all the different ways you could utilize it. You could add elements and visually pleasing and exciting objects in your garden depending on your space, budget and time you are willing to invest. Below are several tips for planning the best garden for your home.
1. Dream big, start small
To design your garden, start with a post board size version of your garden and start designing. Add elements to your garden and label them. Add structures like a pond, fountains and waterfalls to make your garden exciting and fun. Label your favorite flowers and desired plants.
Start out with a sketch. You don’t always have to draw your design to scale, but get an idea of what you want and where you want it. If possible, draw digital models using computer aided design. Checkout the online version of the Garden Planner.
2. Choose the right plants and right place
When choosing the right kind of plants for your garden, consider your area and zone. Plants need to be matched with the climate, lighting, and also your needs. Position your plants so that the sun loving plants fill up your sunny spots. Fast-growing shrubs will fill an empty spot in the garden. Keep in mind the colors and varieties of plants you want, and place them in suitable areas. Some perennial flower plants might be excellent for your front yard or poolside.
3. Make your garden entertaining
If you have enough space, plan for outdoor parties and dining spaces. Having a cookout or garden party will give you some perfect family fun. Make sure you plan for stone slabs to set your tables and grills and also plan for sitting areas, benches and shades in your garden. A small island made with a stepping stone in the middle of your green area would look great. Also try to think of structures and landscape design ideas that generate excitement and joy.
4. Try beginner gardening projects
Having trouble deciding where to begin? If you are a beginner, start small with some starter projects. Growing indoor plants with container gardening could be right for you if you haven’t tried growing any plants in your backyard or don’t know how to plan your backyard garden. You could still make your indoors beautiful with some ornamental plants. Place flower pots on your patio, balcony, deck or window sill.
5. Supercharge your garden
Your garden would grow a lot better and healthier if you took care of your garden soil and plants regularly. Your plants need proper nutrition, water and debugging regularly. Use organic fertilizers, nontoxic methods of pest control and sprinklers for irrigation during the hot days in late spring and summer. Make sure your garden is well drained and pruned. Also take care of common pests and check for insect attack or diseases regularly.
Make this summer filled with joy and outdoor fun in your own garden. With the right design, right types of plants, and proper care, you could really turn your garden into the center of attraction for your neighborhood. It could easily become a place for relaxation, entertainment and hours of outdoor fun for your friends and family this summer.
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Source: Institute of Ecolonomics
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