A backyard garden can make your entire property more inviting and enjoyable. Whether you are interested in creating a private oasis for yourself or want to have another place to entertain guests, these suggestions will help you to design and implement a perfect plan.
In most parts of the country, mosquitoes and other pests are a problem during the summer months, sending many folks indoors to escape the biting nuisances. However, you can limit the number of bugs hanging out in your yard by strategically planting lemon balm, fennel and other pest-repelling flowers and shrubs.
Do you want your garden to yield fresh seasonal produce? If so, you need to start your planning early. Whether you are going to sprout your own seedlings or purchase them at the store, you should make sure that you have the soil, planters and other materials necessary to grow your fruits, vegetables and herbs.
If you live in a rental or have concerns about digging into the ground, you can use container gardening methods or raised beds. Also, if you have poor soil quality, it might be less expensive and time-consuming to go this route. Make sure that you select the right soil for the plants you are growing.
However, your backyard garden plans are not limited to plant selection. You can add waterworks, such as a fountain or waterfall, in order to create a more peaceful environment. The sight and sounds of the water will provide a relaxing garden area. The choices range from small, inexpensive designs to elaborate multi-tiered waterfalls leading to an endless pool.
When planning your garden, don’t forget about the time and effort required to maintain it. At least once each week, you will need to remove any weeds and dead leaves from the plants. If you don’t have the time nor interest to handle these tasks, you should choose low-maintenance plants for your backyard or hire a reputable landscaping contractor to do it for you.
Birds are naturally attracted to gardens, and you can encourage these visitors if you like by adding feeders, nesting materials and other bird-friendly decors in your backyard. From birdhouses to fresh water, you can use these items to attract bird species traveling through your location each year. As you become familiar with the visiting species, you will enjoy your time outdoors even more!
No matter what style garden you decide to use in your yard, make sure you plan well first. You will need to consider the amount of sunlight hitting the property, including how new plants will affect the lighting. Make sure that taller plants don’t interfere with the light reaching shorter garden growth.
When the weather allows, enjoying your backyard should be at the top of your “to-do” list. These suggestions will help you design a garden area that you and others can enjoy throughout the year. Minimize pests and choose aesthetically pleasing plants and decors to enhance your outdoor living space. Don’t forget to take pictures and post online for your far-away friends to see as well!