It’s great that you’re working on your very first garden or if you’re rehabbing a space outdoors that came with the house you bought. Everyone loves gardening, especially since gardens improve our overall quality of life. In fact, they shelter us from rain, improve the quality of air and they make us feel relaxed thanks to their colours.
You might be wondering where should you begin? Well, you’ve come to the right place because below are a handful of helpful tips.
1. Your Garden’s Purpose
Raising food, visually pleasing and creating a living space are what gardens were historically designed for.
For Janine Castle, a lifestyle expert on the Gold Coast, she notes the importance of having direction when building your garden. “A garden isn’t something that you can just throw together with a few things. You need to plan out exactly what your garden will look like, what types of flowers you want and where they will all be placed. You’d be surprised how much detail goes into creating a garden!”
You’ll want to know what’s the purpose of your garden. When you come up with the answer, you can design a garden that will meet your goals. This might mean mixing edibles in a single bed, while using ornaments to make the garden look visibly pleasing.
2. Your Property’s Features
Different pieces of land have different features. Some areas have sunny spots, shaded bits, windy spots, elevation changes and mature shrubs to name just a few. You want to know more about your property’s topography, as well as its micro-climates.
Telecommunications mogul Neil Royle notes the importance of landscaping and how it can give off different moods. “You want to make sure everything looks the goods and that it fits the area that you have. I can’t give precise examples but there’s things that would look good in the sunny spots and wouldn’t do so well in shady spots, so it’s the small things that you need to take into consideration when looking for some landscaping design done in your garden.”
A good idea is to test out your soil to see what kind of composition it is, and whether or not it’s acidic. The more you know about your property’s features, the better off you’ll be.
3. Borrowed Views: Take Advantage Of Them
Is there beauty in the area you can borrow? For example, if you have a next door neighbour that has a tree that lights up with bright colours in the Autumn, then try to incorporate that into your own garden. For instance, you can install a short fence, that way you can get a magnificent view of the tree.
4. Choose Plants Suitable For Your Land’s Micro-Climate
Determine what plants will thrive the best in your garden. The obvious choice is native plants, but do pay attention to other people’s gardens in your area. This will help you decide what plants will be best suited for your micro-climate.
5. Consider The Future Of The Tree
Don’t just plant any old tree because you might regret it. You’ll want to consider how big the tree will be when it reaches maturity, and you’ll want to consider what kind of shape it will have. The key is to ensure the tree will have plenty of room to grow as big as it can.
Mark Heyden from Cheaper Trees believes that ensuring you get the right tree is critical to avoid future problems. “I’ve had plenty of jobs where I’ve had to take down a tree in someone’s garden because they underestimated how big it would grow and look in their garden. It’s vital to do research about what your tree will look like over time so you avoid these hassles down the track.”
Remember, you might want it to grow to a certain height and width, but future generations might want it to grow even larger, so consider the tree’s future when you plant it.