A bland, dull outdoor garden can easily be spruced up to become a lush oasis with a little work.
It takes a bit of planning and a green thumb, but everything can come together neatly. To learn how to create a garden space, it is ideal to speak with a garden specialist or take out a book from the local library. Help from this article will also help you understand what to do, when and how.
Preparing the Ground
The weekend before you plan to put items in the ground it is ideal to prep the ground. What this means is that you should rototill the ground, add plant food, fertilizer and water. The next day, rototill the space again.
This ensures that everything is incorporated into the ground well and that it is soft enough for planting.
Carefully outline your space for each type of plant, shrub, tree or vegetable. You can use landscaping molding to ensure that this area is separated from green space and walking paths.
Laying out the Plants
How to lay out the plants:
- Trees along the edge of the space
- Shrubs staggered between the trees
- Ground cover plants and flowers toward the front
- Arrange vegetables in raised beds in designated areas
The reason for laying the plants out is to visualize how the garden is going to look ahead of time. Of course, you can rearrange before packing them down into the soil if you prefer. It is just easier to view the garden before plants are packed down.
Irrigation is important. Rather than carrying watering cans out each evening and morning, it is ideal to install a timed sprinkler system. This dispenses only a set amount of water for a specific amount of time.
It can also be setup to irrigate at a specific time of the day or evening.
The irrigation system should be installed prior to planting the ground. Once the plants are laid out you can see where the ideal areas are for the sprinklers to go.
Feed and Fertilize the Ground
Right before planting the ground, feed and fertilize again, but do not mix it in. Leave it sit on the top of the ground. Slowly mix it in as you plant. What this will do is put the fertilizer and plant food right next to the roots of the plant.
It boosts the growth in a more rapid manner.
Now that the soil is ready and the irrigation system is installed, it is time to plant. Ensure that you make the holes deep enough so that about ½ inch of the stem of the plant is covered. All of the roots and included soil must be covered.
Pack the soil around the plant down tightly.
Solar lighting is ideal for outdoor spaces. What this will do is create highlighted areas and a safe walking area after dark. Solar lighting soaks in the sun during the day and illuminates the garden after dark.
This is the easiest way to go about creating a garden. These simple steps, when carried out properly, will have your garden space looking like a professional did it for you.
Creating and building a garden space is something that the whole family can partake in. Children might have a better idea for the placement of a specific tree or shrub. The suggestion for a water feature might also be brought up.