Our gardens can add so much to our home. They are very important when it comes to increasing a home's curb appeal. And they also create a peaceful environment in which your kids can play, and you and your partner can relax. But it takes a lot of hard work to get your garden up to such a high quality! You can’t just expect your garden to stay looking great. If you leave it for too long, it will become overgrown and look like a jungle! So it is very important to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into some gardening. Don’t worry, though; looking after your garden doesn’t have to mean a lot of hard toil. There are many simple ways you can transform your garden into a tranquil haven. Here are some of the best ways.
Take Care of Your Lawn
If you have a lawned area, this will need to be taken care of. Don’t leave the grass to grow, as this can look very untidy. The grass won’t grow through the winter, but during summer, you will need to mow it regularly. At least once a week if possible. Keeping the grass trim will improve the look of your garden and also make it safer for kids to play on. If your lawn has some brown patches on it, it could be worth buying some grass seeds from your local garden center. Once you have planted the seeds, it is a good idea to feed them frequently with plant food. Don’t forget to water them either!
Sort out Your Boundaries
How do you separate your garden from your neighbors’? With a hedge or a fence? Whichever method you use, make sure it is well-maintained. If your boundaries look shabby, your whole garden will look run down. You should prune any hedges once a year. The best time to do this is during the spring. If you need to fix some fencing, you will be able to buy materials in your nearest DIY or garden store. It is very common for weeds to grow up around a fence or hedge, so make sure you get rid of these as soon as you notice them. Many gardeners are starting to add place brick walls around their borders, as they are quite low maintenance. And you can use different materials to create decorative walls. Not sure about the best material for your wall? You can find it at FauxDirect.com.
If your garden is big enough, think about laying down a path through a lawned area. Paths can also cut through flower beds. There are loads of different materials you can use for paths. The most common are paving stones, pebbles, and wooden boards. If you don’t feel confident about creating a path yourself, call a local builder in to help you out. One of the best things about paths is that they encourage people to keep off your lawn. If too many people are walking across your lawn, the grass can die, and you will have to keep on sowing grass seeds on a regular basis.
Plant Seasonal Flowers
To make sure your garden blooms all year round, make sure you sow plenty of seasonal flowers and plants. This means that you will have blossoming flowers every season. If you plant seeds that will give you flowers of different colors and heights, then you will be creating a very pretty display of flowers. Don’t forget to have one month of the year set aside so you can leave the soil fallow. Most gardeners wait until winter for this, as there aren’t many plants that flower during the season. This will help the ground to regain any lost nutrients. After this month, sow all your seeds so that you can begin your next year of beautiful flowers!
Trees and Shrubs
Adding trees and shrubs is a very inexpensive way to add some sophistication to your garden. You can pick up young ones in garden centers or buy seeds to grow them completely from scratch. One thing to bear in mind is that they can be quite difficult to grow from seeds, so many people choose to buy seedlings or the young plants. Trees will need to be pruned once a year if they are evergreens. Most shrubs don’t need much pruning, but it will depend on the species you buy. If you are thinking about buying trees for your garden, consider buying fruit trees. There is nothing quite like enjoying an apple that you have grown in your very own garden!
Create A Seating Area
Creating a seating area is a great way to encourage you to use your garden more. During the summer, it will give you somewhere to enjoy al fresco dining and barbecues. Patios and decking are the best types of flooring to add to your garden. You can stand your garden furniture in these areas without the worry of them being too wobbly, which is often a problem when they are placed on lawns! You can even add decorations to your patio or decking and add cool features like brick pizza ovens and bird baths.
Encourage Local Wildlife
If you encourage local wildlife to visit your garden, you will be creating a unique environment in your garden. Bees are very important to help pollinate your flowers. You can attract them to your garden by planting certain species of plants. The more flowers you have, the more butterflies will visit your garden as well! You should also include bird boxes and baths to help the local bird population flourish. During the winter months, don’t forget to leave some bird seed out to help your feathered friends survive the cold weather. If you have a pond, look out for frogs, newts, and wrens. Your kids will love spotting all this interesting wildlife!
If you follow these tips, you can have a fabulous garden in just a couple of months. And it will create a great space for your family to enjoy!