Despite taking up the most considerable portion of most properties, yards go criminally underused. Although a sprawling green yard can be nice, mixing it up with plants can be both beautiful and functional. Here are a few gardening tips that every home gardener should know.
Flowerbeds in the Front, Food in the Back
This tip is more of an aesthetic choice, but it's still the standard most people abide. Vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and other edible plants usually get kept in the backyard. Meanwhile, more decorative plants like flowers and shrubberies stay in the front. Although flowering plants can also grow in your backyard, it's not usually in fashion to grow a tomato plant in your front yard, unless you're growing it on your porch for sunlight.
Garden For More than Aesthetics
Instead of just thinking about what looks pretty, consider what it can do besides that. There are many breeds of plants that can keep mosquitoes at bay, which could convince your family to stay outside longer. Other flowering plants can help the local bee population, which is good for everyone involved. Think about what your goal is with your plants, and get plants that reflect that.
Plan Your Garden By The Sun
There's no way to get a house that continually gets sunlight on all sides- so plan your gardens with which plants need the most and least sunshine in mind. Not only does this make sure your plants will last longer, but it also hopefully means they'll need less maintenance and work.
Don't Do It All At Once
As tempting as it may be to overhaul your garden and yards in one weekend completely, you can take your time with it. There's no shame in planting your garden over a series of weeks to make sure you don't get burned out. Doing it all at once may exhaust you not to want to work on it anymore. Be patient with yourself, and make sure you do it right.
A Garden Can Be Year-Round
Plants don't just vanish when summer is over! In fall, you can plant bulbs for the next spring, and in winter, you can start to sew plants that need more time to grow (depending on where you live). You can also use off-seasons like this to fertilize your soil or to start thinking about your new layout for the next spring. The cold shouldn't scare away your creativity with your yard!
Don't Forget Where You Are
Plants have a lot to do with location. If you bought Phoenix real estate, you shouldn't go jumping into plants that need constant water, just like you shouldn't have a cactus outside in Seattle. Get plants that work well with your environment. This kind of planning means there will be less work on your shoulders since the weather of your area should be able to help your plants thrive without much intervention. If you're smart about your gardens, they shouldn't have to be a ton of maintenance.
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