4 Tips for Beginning a Garden

If you really enjoy spending time outdoors, then there is nothing better than the first day of spring. The weather is warm enough, and its time to enjoy a change of scenery.

The rewards of gardening are great – fresh air, exercise, beauty and relaxation, to name few. However, designing and planting your very first garden can feel like an overwhelming task. Luckily, gardens are surprisingly forgiving creations, and the best way to learn is by simply diving in.  In this article, Mattar Property Development  shares 4 tips for beginning a garden.

4 Tips For Beginning a Garden

A. Explore the Area

Start by exploring your site and familiarize yourself with the property. Take a nice walk with a notebook and create a rough sketch map of your garden. Add notes about which areas get the most sun and which are shaded. Also, list which plants you like to keep and which need to be replaced or removed. Then proceed to do a simple soil test with your local garden center to determine if your soil is well-balanced in nutrients and ph.

Guide to Gardening

B. Start Small

The bigger the garden, the more time and energy it will require to maintain. Examine what you want and scale it down. Same goes when you are choosing your plants. Remember that you can always expand next year.

We recommend using Pinterest to search for your garden theme. Search for Industrial Zen, Playful Modern or Simplified Cottage style. While you’re trying to figure this out, it helps to keep a photo of the exterior of your home at hand.

Basic Rules for Gardening

C. The Right Tools

Having the right gardening tools makes gardening more pleasant. Don’t go on a purchasing spree. Just a few tools and supplies should keep your garden running smoothly. Some of the basic tools you need are: Gardening gloves, shovel, trowel and weeding tool, long garden hose and spray nozzle, hand pruner, metal rake and lead rake.

Garden Landscape

D. Basic Rules

Starting an entire garden from seed can save you money, but it can be frustrating. On the other hand, purchasing plants can be expensive and can limit your growing choices. The best option is to combine both strategies.

For longevity and color, go for a mix of perennials (plants that come back year after year) and annuals (plants that bloom and die within a single season). Then proceed to repeat the same plants and hardscaping materials in different places throughout the landscape. Same goes for materials (pots, paths, furniture). This will give your garden a professional look.

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