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Design Your Own Garden

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Building a beautiful garden with a wide array of flowers, plants and trees can add a real sense of class to your home. But without careful planning and consideration, to design your own garden can be tough business. Look to the tips here. They will help you design a garden that will be both beautiful and practical for the long-term.

Before planting, consider your color scheme for your garden, and adapt your layout to avoid clashing. This is an error many novice gardeners make. They plant without thinking about the end state of their gardens. Having clashing colors can turn what should be a lovely addition into an eyesore. To avoid this, live with your desired colors for a few days. Pick up paint chips from a local hardware store that mirror the colors you are considering, and then place them on a wall together. Over a few days, you will know whether the colors work for you. If they don't, you can easily adapt since no planting has begun.

 

Do full research on your desired plants before breaking ground. You may have your color scheme now worked out, but can your plants live well together side-by-side in the place where you want them to go? Each flower, plant or tree has a different set of needs. Some are naturally competitive with other plants around them. Some need lots of space or else they will never reach maturity. Still others need full sun or full shade, lots of water or very little water at all. Look for plant synergies when you are designing your garden. Place plants with similar needs together and respect that some plants just don't get along well with others. If you don't, you'll have a beautiful garden that only lasts a few short weeks.

 

During your research, look into the root systems of your garden choices as well. It may not seem like it should matter; roots after all are under the ground's surface, so they don't affect the look and feel of your garden. But the roots can be a major aggressor against neighboring plants. Some plants and trees need lots of room under ground because their roots like to spread out. This can be especially dangerous if you plant hearty root systems next to any buildings on your property. These root systems can create cracks in your foundation, and if they are big enough (like those of a tree), it can lead to thousands of dollars in damage.

 

Develop a place for your garden that is away from any normal play zone for children. Kids are not going to fully understand all the hard work and time you placed into making your garden beautiful. So respect the fact that children love to play and run around; don't plant your prized garden close to where they do that. This way you can steer clear of the damage that would be otherwise unavoidable.

 

Think about whether hiring a professional is your best solution. If you've got big dreams for your garden with lots of different plants, trees and flowers, it can be a tough task to figure out the right combinations and placements. If you don't feel confident in your skills to make it happen, reach out to a professional. They are skilled in these areas and can pay for themselves simply through the avoidance of mistakes that you may have otherwise made during planting.

 

These tips will help get you in the right direction to help you design your own garden. Start today; your efforts will be rewarded throughout the year as your garden grows.

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