Creating a Garden: Expert Tips For First-Timers

Landscaped gardenNo one wants to waste a garden by allowing weeds and bugs to invade it. Before you know it, your home has begun to look haunted, and the value of your property is likely to take a hit. Your neighbors are not going to appreciate such an eyesore, especially when you consider how much an untidy garden can pull property prices down.

You don’t need much to make or maintain a beautiful garden. Authentic Provence shares a few ideas to help you get started.

Plan the garden

Don’t start buying pots and plants on a whim. Start with a plan; a basic sketch of what you want to happen can be helpful when you start shopping and designing. What matters is you understand what’s going on with your drawing. Its sole purpose is to serve as your guide.

Find a purpose for your garden

Knowing what the garden will be for is an important step. Ask yourself if you would like to make a place for your kids to play on a trampoline or a swing. Is it going to be a place for entertaining guests or a private spot for relaxing with morning tea? Do you need a patio? Whatever you want to accomplish with your garden begins with determining the elements you want and including them in the plan.

Don’t rush it

Pace yourself and work your way up. Don’t rush it, as you’ll risk getting too tired and frustrated that you might just give up on the project. But don’t take too long, either, as you risk losing interest. For example, start by clearing and cleaning, especially if the entire garden is teeming with weeds, leaves are all around, spiders have made the area their home, etc. You may want to devote half a day’s work every weekend or holiday, and then gradually include more hours or days.

Buy what you need one at a time

You might be tempted to buy everything all at once. Work on one spot and then step back to admire the fruit of your hard work. By doing so, you can figure out what you truly need, whether it’s antique garden urns, a bird feeder, or a pit.

Working on a garden shouldn’t be a chore; it should be a passion project. Your garden will give you what you want, as long as you devote some of your time to planning and taking care of it.