5 steps to creating the perfect garden.
A garden is an essential feature of any front and backyard and you don't have to be an expert gardener to have a garden that the neighbours will envy. Just follow these 5 easy steps;
Come up with a plan and sketch it. You don't have to be an artist just a rough sketch of your garden design. Take into account the size and shape of your garden. Get creative add some nice curves. Work out the area so you know how much soil you need and how many plants you will need to fill it.
2. Plant selection
Be realistic, work out what sort of garden you want and ensure you take into account how much time you have to spend in the garden. Formal gardens are beautiful but they need a fair bit of attention to maintain the formal look. Native and cottage gardens require less maintenance. Whichever garden you choose the one golden rule is bulk planting. The biggest mistake that people make is not filling their gardens with plants. Whilst bulk planting will cost more initially I guarantee it will cost you less in the long run especially if you are time poor as weeds love to compete with plants and will slow plant growth significantly. Do some research, there is no point planting a fabulous looking plant if it is not frost hardy.
Sketch your plants into the plan, work out you boarder plants add a feature tree or trees depending on the space you have. Consider mass planting of one variety or alternatively group planting. For example you could plant a hedge or ground cover type boarder and fill the internal area with a mass of the same variety and add a feature tree in the middle. Stone features or bird baths can also add to the look of the garden. Simple and stunning.
3. Soil preparation
The correct soil is one of the most important factors in creating a successful garden. It is highly recommended that you import a premium garden mix into your garden area. Premium garden mix is well drained, is essentially weed free and has all the nutrients added giving plants the perfect start and will maximise growth and survival. To work out how much soil you require multiply the area of the garden by .3(300ml deep). This gives you how many cubic metres you will need. Premium garden mix is available at your local landscape supplier.
4. Planting out
Refer to your original sketch plan and lay out each of your plants into their position so they are evenly spaced. Dig a hole that is double the size of the pot. Make sure that the plants are moist before planting. A scissor shovel is a very handy tool when digging the holes. It is very important that the plants are watered in well immediately after planting and watered heavily for the next week or so. Even native plants need plenty of water for the early establishment period.
It is highly recommended that a watering system of some shape or form is installed, as one of the most common reasons for a failure in a garden is lack of water. Irrigation does not have to be overly technical or expensive to do. Visit your local irrigation store for more information. Once you have planted out your garden and organised your watering system it is time to mulch. Mulching is essential as it retains moisture, breaks down to organic matter and suppresses weeds. There are a variety of mulch products available such as hay, sugarcane, pinebark, hardwood chip, Cyprus wood chip and many more. It really just depends on your preference and budget. Although be cautious when using hay mulch as it may contain weeds, lucerne hay mulch is the best and is quite often available from local lucerne farms.