4 Struggles of Designing Your Own Garden
As a homeowner, it’s fair to say that you often give special attention to your interior style. The garden, in comparison, can often lack some love. Surprisingly enough, while having a garden is a common requirement for future home buyers, more often than not your back and front yards rapidly fall off the to-do list. Overgrown gardens, struggling shrubs and unaesthetic appearance are some of the most common consequences. While it’s easy to understand why the garden may not be your top priority when you move in, it will affect your ability to design an inviting and relaxing green space in the future. Homeowners face common challenges when they finally turn their attention to the garden. How can you get your yard back into control?
#1. You don’t know where to start
First of all, while most homeowners have, at least, a faint idea of what their home decor should look like, they feel a lot more clueless when it comes to designing the garden. With a variety of plants and accessories available, it can be tricky to know where to begin. Therefore, it’s fair to say that most homeowners who haven’t worked in their garden need a little guidance to start. Creating a mood board of what you like and want is an excellent starting point. As you do, you can research in depth each option and its practicality. For instance, a pond is appealing, but you need to understand how to maintain it. I have just put in a pond myself and have been happy to have a friend close by who has two ponds herself and has great tips I can learn from. (This includes plants that suit the pond as well).
#2. You fall behind your garden maintenance schedule
Lack of time remains a major constraint in garden maintenance. The glorious green and luxuriant garden of the past is now a collection of dry patches and weeds. Don’t panic! It’s not too late to make new year’s resolution about time management so that you can make the most of your garden plans! In the meantime, you need to feed your soil the nutrients it needs – you can get it here for a lush green lawn – and remove the weeds. As a rule of the thumb, you should plan 20 to 30 minutes each week to maintain the garden!
I myself love Seasol (per the link above) and use it not just on lawn but on all my indoor shade plants and vegetables regularly. To me using as natural a product as possible is a win/win for both my garden and the environment. My lawn clippings never go to waste and are re-used both on the lawn itself and as a mulch – since we have a very hot climate here where I am during Summer.
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#3. You don’t have the right tools
If you’re the kind of gardener who grabs a tablespoon to plant flower bulbs and removes weeds with kitchen scissors, it’s time to spruce up your garden shed with new tools. A weed popper can make a great deal of difference in clearing your lawn from unwanted plants, for instance. No more kneeling or bending over and pulling weeds! Not only is it more effective but it’s also a lot healthier on your back.
I find that I have a notorious collector of garden tools in my family – so my garden shed is full of them. I don’t always suggest that you have to go for over-kill but do start to find out what is useful and which saves a great deal of trouble. Do take care of them and house them well. I have seen two ways of caring for shovel or rake handles for instance. One is painting them and the other is dipping them in old oil.
#4. The garden evolves throughout the year
You selected a variety of fragrant and vibrant flowers and plants, but you forget to take seasons into account. If your garden is only blooming through spring and summer and appears dead and empty during the rest of the year, you need to bring some elegant winter colours. Heather and Japanese quince are brilliant choices for dry soil. Naturally moist soil much prefers winter aconites and Helleborus.These are just a few examples but there are sites “attuned” to your local area which are most helpful with how plants can work well with your conditions such as seasonally and soil.
Turning your home sweet home into a home and garden display takes a lot of work. However, if you’ve bought a property with a garden, it would be a waste not to invest some time and energy into your back and front yards. Hopefully, these tips can help you to manage the most common garden design challenges.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.