If you are new to gardening and have a big job to tackle than you are probably feeling overwhelmed by now. Trust me when I say that you are definitely not alone in those feelings. It is not at all out of the norm to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of gardening, especially if a number of areas you are talking about are large.
There is no need to panic, with the right amount of planning and forethought, you will be able to get things in order and be on your way to having the yard that you can be extremely proud of. We have put together a list of the 10 things that you can do to make sure that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor.
10 Tips for the Beginning Gardener
- Always start with a good clean up – The best way to get started tackling your yard is to grab the hedge shears, the lawn mower, and any other gardening tools you may need to get a good clean up done. This way you can do get a clearer picture of where you need to get started with your planning.
- Weed any pre-existing flower beds – If you are living in an older house chances are there may be one or more existing flower beds established. Be sure to pay attention to them and weed then right off the bat.
- Use a good, sturdy edging material to go around each bed – Always edge around each and every flower bed. This will help to keep a healthy separation of the grass of the lawn and the flowers/bushes/shrubs in your beds around the yard.
- Invest in some mulch – Mulch actually serves a dual purpose, it keeps down on the weeds and also helps to keep the moisture in the ground around your plants. On top of all that, it generally looks really good to have a nice pop of color in your flower beds.
- Always edge the lawn around the sidewalks and driveway – By edging around the sidewalks and driveway you will give your lawn a clean, crispness that will add to the over the appearance of your yard.
- Make a list of your priority areas – In order to maximize your efforts and budgetary constraints you need to prioritize the areas before you get started. This will also help you get to the end quicker.
- Come up with a style that you identify with – Gardens come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials used to construct them. So, in order to start planning, you really need to identify what to the type of garden fits in with the style of your home.
- Evaluate the conditions of each area – Each area around your house is different and that means you need to check out each them to access the amount of sun or shade there is and also soil condition. This way you can better plan on what types of plants you will be able to use to fit its situation.
- Ask friends that might have plants you can transplant – You might be surprised to know that you may have friends that could be interested in eliminating a plant or two from their garden and could be open for a helping you out with your plans.
- Reap the benefits – This is the part that you get to reap the fruits of all of your labors and planning. You will see if all of your hard work has paid off and that you have a result that you can be extremely proud of and that your family enjoys as well.