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Tips and Tricks for Do-It-Yourself Garden Designers

March 19, 2018 by  
Filed under Gardening

Professional landscapers use these tools and techniques to make quick work of garden design. Steal their concepts to make good use of your gardening hours and bucks.

Get a Tarp

A tarp comes in handy when moving debris like weeds, leaves, twigs and scrub. When digging holes, use it to hold and haul soil. As you drive home from the nursery, use it to cover all plants in the truck’s back.

Use a Weed-Barrier

Whether you’re fresh to gardening or good at it, landscape fabric isn’t something new. The fabric inhibits weeds, retains soil moisture and limits the use of herbicides. It doesn’t sink into the soil when used under mulch or gravel.

Nourish Up Front

Each time you plant something, use a starter fertiliser. Starter fertilisers expedite the growth of new plants. The best products have beneficial fungi and low nitrogen. These nutrients enrich the soil from which roots draw their sustenance. Combined with good planting techniques, a starter fertiliser is highly effective.

Create an Edge

Around beds, cut a natural edge. Don’t buy metal or plastic edging. Edging gives the landscape a lovely look. A natural edge is easy to maintain and flexible to change.

Bulk vs. Bagged

Choose wisely between bagged and unpackaged soil and mulch. Bulk material can be dumped right on the spot. Bagged items must be moved after delivery. Both strategies save work, time and money.

Garden Tools DIY_Garden_Design

Buy tools of good quality. For weekend DIYers, the best quality is a costly and an unnecessary expense. Cheap tools break easily. Good quality tools at value prices are best buys.

Consolidate Annuals

At high-visibility locations, consolidate annuals. It’s expensive to plant new annuals every season. These high-impact long-bloomers stand out in key locations like the entryway, mailbox and patio.

Make Mowing Simple and Swift

Group plants into islands and beds and mulch them well. Do so to avoid trimming and mowing around each plant.

Test Your Soil

Get your garden soil tested. Guessing on soil fertility requirements leads to costly blunders. Soil tests show the current conditions and what’s to be applied to your garden.

Keep Leaves

Don’t throw away leaves. Mow small amounts into the garden. Leaves are food for earthworms and a fertiliser for grass. Grind up the leaves with a leaf shredder.

Recycle Grass Clippings

Instead of dumping or bagging grass clippings, mulch them. This cuts the use of synthetic fertilisers by 30%.

Plan your Design

Create a master plan, but work in phases. Focus on small projects to get the best effect and keep your budget in check. Once one project ends, move to the next.

Buy Enough Stuff

Calculate your garden’s square footage to know the amount of soil or mulch you need. Purchase sufficient soil and mulch to avoid frequent trips to the nursery. As for plants, buy as many flowers as you can. If the plants surpass your needs, return extras or use them elsewhere.

Too much work? A garden design company will manage the project from start to finish.

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