Garden will need somewhat regular maintenance. If you want to have more time enjoying your garden and less time working over it, you need to know how to set up a low maintenance garden. Before you begin your planting, take time researching the location and selecting the plants you will use.
A garden is not just an expansion of your house. It is a place to unwind, relax, and soak up nature. Gardening can surely become a passion when you get to pick your own healthy and fresh vegetables and fruits. Think about the nicely shaped garden plot with blooming flowers. Think about spending quiet hours in the midst of the beauty of your garden. That is is what many homeowners yearn for, but actually, don’t have enough time.
There are landscaping firms that can take care of your backyard just as well, and save your time. That might be a great option, but be prepared for the added cost. You could end up paying hundreds or even thousands of dollars just to recarpet a lawn. You have to also invest perhaps a little more in maintaining it, depending on the size of your garden area.
These ideas will help make your garden easy to keep.
It is essential for the rookie horticulturist to pick the right types of plants. It is as important to define the spot for the garden and design it in the backyard. You should find the right methods to take care of your plants, and much more.
Before setting up your backyard garden, pre-plan each and every step. Then you have a better chance to enjoy it, save some money, and it will be an adventure rather than a burden.
Analyze and Research your Backyard
The first step is to determine the space that needs to be designated to your backyard garden, and estimate the maintenance needs of your garden.
You can set a budget for yourself, and design your garden according to that with a practical approach.
If you have a scarcity of time, try and find solutions to issues that need most maintenance.
A systematic approach will help you to decide on the right tools that are required for the maintenance and development of your backyard haven.
Alternatively, opt for a weekend oasis that needs only little to moderate resources.
Also, study the current status and condition of your backyard. In case your yard has existing plants, you need to decide on which plants to keep, and which ones to get rid of.
Keep it Uncluttered
Simplicity is the key to gardening. That way you can take care of your garden with moderate effort. Do not stuff too many plants, or it will lend to a cluttered look. Focus on keeping your garden breathable, rather than cluttered.
Besides that, too many plants will just attract too many insects and mosquitoes. But remember, you need to have lots of pollinators for your garden to thrive, so you have to find the right balance in here.
The best approach to planning and designing your garden is to draw a rough sketch of the layout and take into account every small detail.
Choose the Right Plants
If you want that your garden should attract butterflies, then you should opt for flowers that butterflies are drawn to.
These plants include aspen, aster, dill, lilac, pansy, milkweed, marigold, clover, and chokecherry among others.
Find the Right Spot
The direction of the sunlight is the crucial factor when selecting the right spot for your plot.
When looking to your garden as the directions of the compass, north corners or sides are ideal for ferns. Facing south gives consistent sun exposure all day long, and each side gets even warmth from the sun.
The garden rows should be arranged north and south, so that the seedlings get the sunbeams during morning and afternoon.
If the garden is fronting towards the southeast, it may be subjected to little or moderate sunlight from the west. In this case, rows should run northwest and southeast for an equal sun distribution.
Facing to the north is obviously not a very good idea, as it receives only limited sunlight.
For directions to north-east and south-west, the plants may be subjected to an uneven distribution of the sunrays.
Therefore, the idea is to plan it in a way that the garden plants receive even sunlight for the longest possible time.
Prepare the Soil
A new garden place is most likely surfaced either with turf or rubbish. For a larger garden area, the plowing of the ground is done. With smaller gardens, the sod is removed.
To remove the sod, first mark out the garden path, as it will help you with a line to be followed. Then cut the edges along the marked line with a garden digging spade.
By the way, the sod makes excellent fertilizer, so here you have two options:
- Turn the sod grass over after having excavated holes in your rows. Put the turf in the hole, and then cover it with soil.
- Identify a place where the sod can be packed together, and leave it to rot. Over a while, you can use it as a fertilizer.
The ground where you are planting needs to be topnotch. Then the seeds get nicely packed into the soil particles. Avoid large lumps, because the tiny hair root of the plant will not be able to enter through it.
As you can see, a fair amount of research will help you on starting out. So don’t rush. Gather as much gardening tips and tricks as possible.