Does your garden look as gorgeous as the ones you see all over Pinterest? No? Well, in that case, you’re probably looking for some tips to transform yours. The good news is that you don’t need to hire a landscaper to help give you the outdoor space you want. Instead, there are handful of things you can do in your backyard all on your own so that it looks good enough to rival any you see online! Here are a few ideas to get you started!
Dare to Dream
Let your mind wander as you contemplate the perfect garden. It’s okay. Think about the colors and textures you find pleasing. Consider different styles of gardens and what they might contain. Mix and match them in your head. Go to bed at night and drift off thinking about wandering through the perfect garden. What does it look like? As ideas begin to gel, you’re well underway to turning your dream into reality.
Design the Project
Once you have a clear vision, it’s time to get it down on paper. Don’t worry about your artistic skills – the goal is to simply diagram or outline what will go where. Try drawing a simple bubble diagram. Put your house in the sketch and add circles where landscape elements will go. As you place garden and landscape features, think about how you will move among them – are there hardscape walkways? Organic pathways? Lawn? As it starts to come together on paper, you should be developing a clearer picture of the outcome and better able to determine if it’s a feasible project that you can pull off on your land.. If certain elements are giving you pause, consider eliminating them. Don’t be afraid to revise – consider your rough plan on paper a “living document” that can evolve.
Get Your Soil Ready
Looking after your soil is the only way you’re going to get a dream garden. Whether you choose to do something called ‘tilling’ or adding something called ‘mulch’, or simply just want to mow the lawn and add some fertilizer, giving your soil a little TLC will make your whole yard look nicer overall. You’ll find that better soil produces better flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as a much greener lawn.
Flower Cutting Garden
Do you love walking into a farmer market and seeing and smelling all of the fresh cut flowers that are for sale? While it’s a beautiful and easy thing to pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers for a special occasion or just every day, wouldn’t it be nice to grow your own? Having your own cutting garden is just one way that you can have fresh flowers readily available and be rewarded for all of your planning and hard work. Here are a few plant types that are more popular for cutting and flower arranging:
- Black-eyed Susan
- Purple coneflower
You can also select a wildflower mix that will propagate and reseed itself every year. The result will be beautiful blooms that require minimum maintenance and produce a larger production year after year. Initially, you’ll want to scope out the area for your cutting garden. Most bold perennials require full sun, meaning you’ll have to limit the amount of shade that they get. Start off with soil that is rich in nutrients and has organic material incorporated into it. Starting a compost pile now that will eventually turn into the organic matter will help improve the quality of your dirt and create a nutritious base for your plants. From there, till up an area, achieve the soil consistency you desire, and start to add the plants. Some can start from seed in early spring to late winter, depending on when you live, or you can place already matured plants into the garden area. If you choose seeds or need to re-plant a bare area with new grass, choose only top rated seed companies for your selections.
Automate Your Gardening
There’s no shame in admitting that gardening takes more time and effort than you really want to give. So, why not make life easier on yourself by automating some of the tasks you need to do? You can calibrate a set of sprinklers so that you’re watering your lawn in exactly the right way or you could even build yourself (or have someone build you) a drip irrigation system. Pay for someone to mow your lawn if you know you’re not going to get out and do it often enough yourself, or buy a robotic mower if you don’t mind splashing the cash!
When choosing a garden style, consider that if you enjoy flower gardens and container plants, you’ll likely want to show off your green thumb with hearty vegetables too. A vegetable garden is a great way to have a year-round hobby that will produce enough harvest to help feed your family in an organic manner. Start in later winter with planning a vegetable garden. Select your seeds and start sowing them early indoors. Get a good compost pile going outside so you will have good organic matter to add into the soil base. Dig up your garden in the spring and work on generating the soil into a tillable, working material that will be easy for planting, but that resists drought. Avoid sandy soil in which the nutrients and water will wash away, try to achieve bulky, light soil that is dark and nutrient-rich to plant your seedlings and plants.
If part of your dream backyard consists of a water element, try incorporating a small decorative pond or waterfall to your patio area, like this amazing water fountain piano. This is a great way to add a water feature to your yard without having to spend a lot of money on a new inground pool. Water elements can become a garden of their own as you can add bog plants, colorful annuals, and stones around the pond or waterfall area.