Once we purchase a home most of us get into backyard landscaping (or frontyard landscaping for that matter) because we want to improve our new property. Usually, a secondary goal is to create an oasis of calm and beauty to provide a refuge from a hectic world.
It isn’t that difficult to achieve both goals if you know a few of the basics of gardening before beginning your project. What follows here are some of the things that, when thought out before hand, almost guarantees your success.
Dirt is not just dirt
Test your soil prior to starting your project. Testing the soil will determine if anything should be eliminated or added to the soil to make it more healthy. Adjusting your soil’s chemical properties before planning will go a long way in having happier and healthier plants.
Make a new plan, Stan
Before beginning your backyard gardening project put a a plan on paper to be sure you have focal points for all the different seasons. Choose plants that bloom during different times of the year, and are local to the area. Don’t forget about trees: use trees with interesting foliage or evergreens to keep your yard looking lively all year long.
Bite off only what you can chew
It’s hard to landscape your entire property at once. If turning your entire yard into a garden is the ultimate goal, divide the job into a series of smaller projects. Not only will the smaller projects be easier to manage, they will also be completed in stages which provides the option to change plans quickly and easily if any changes in your design come up as you progress.
Choose Plants wisely
Choose your plants carefully. The decisions you make now will affect how well your backyard gardening project turns out. Ideally, you want plants whose growth requirements mesh well with your climate and available planting space. Be certain of how much water, light and room each plant needs. Taking time to do adequate planning in the beginning will save a lot of work and wasted effort later on.
Help is where you find it
Internet landscaping and gardening resources are often overlooked by people who want to get right to work on their yards or gardens. Not only does the online world offer at lot of excellent advice (like this site!), but many online retailers such as Amazon offer everything you need in the way of supplies at greatly reduced prices.
Make it a point to talk to a professional prior to starting on your backyard gardening project. Although you may not need their help on your whole plan, a consultation is well worth it to prevent making costly mistakes This is especially important if you have never landscaped before.
Set a reasonable budget
If you are starting your backyard gardening and landscaping project from scratch, there is a lot you are going to need to buy. From shovels, rakes, and other necessary equipment right down to the fertilizer, soil conditioners and the plants themselves. This is where doing research online can be a great help. Once you have made the decisions on how big your project is and what you want to plant, go online to get an idea of the costs involved. With this estimate, set your budget and resist the temptation to go over.
Although this all may sound complicated it really isn’t. Picking plants that thrive in your particular area means that mother nature is going to be on your side. Really, all you have to do is provide the right home and do some maintenance from time to time. Oh, and enjoy your new backyard!