From choosing plants to decorating your backyard, here are some tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your garden without ruining yourself.
1. Opt for perennials
Perennials and flowers grow back year after year on their own. So you only have to plant them – and buy them – once. Perennials can be just as beautiful and colourful as their accomplices, the annuals. Roses, peonies, irises and poppies are spectacular varieties.
Perennials still require maintenance. Choose plants that suit your climate and make sure they get the right amount of sunshine and shade. Removing wilted flowers is also essential to perennials; a simple pruning will allow the plant to direct its energy towards the production of another bloom. This will give you new flowers later in the season.
When designing your perennial garden, keep in mind that some plants do not flower all summer. Several varieties will flower in early spring or late summer. Meanwhile, you will only enjoy the green of their foliage. Garnishing a garden with perennials that will flower at different times is therefore a good idea. This way, you’ll get touches of color regardless of when the season is. You can also choose from continuous flowering varieties such as daisies, lavender and echinacea. Your options will be more limited, but will ensure you of a flowering garden all summer long.
2. Add native plants
Native plants are popular, and for good reason. They are naturally suitable for climatic and soil conditions. As a result, they tend to be more resistant and live longer than exotic plants. Native plants also provide real habitat for a variety of wildlife. Depending on what you plant, you may well see many birds and butterflies coming into your yard.
3. Visit the flea market
A few carefully selected vintage elements will add character and atmosphere to an outdoor space. With a little imagination, many objects can be transformed into pots. At the flea market price, why not buy a few? An old wheelbarrow, a teapot or a case of milk will be quite charming filled with flowers or overflowing with vines. An old ladder or an old wooden pallet suspended on the wall will give a new dimension to your garden by allowing you to plant at different heights. Add a garland of lights and it’s done. Atmosphere guaranteed!
4. Improve your lawn at a low cost
Does the grass look greener to you next door? There are solutions and they do not necessarily involve spreading new peat. Fertilizing your lawn in the spring and fall is a simple way to improve its appearance. In fact, many people don’t realize that the cold climate turf varieties used in Canada need to be fertilized not only at the beginning of the summer but also at the end of the summer months. Fall fertilizers will give your lawn the vitality it will need in the spring.
You can even make your own fertilizer. You’ll find a host of recipes online, many of which contain ingredients that surprise but are easy to find, like beer or dishwashing liquid. Even mowing the lawn can help! Leave the cut grass on the ground; it will act as a natural fertilizer.
The good news is that fertilization and weed control go hand in hand. A healthy lawn has strong, healthy roots, leaving little room for weeds. A winning combination!
5. Use strategy
To move from the ordinary to the extraordinary, one or two larger plants strategically placed can be enough. Think of hydrangeas, a magnolia or a potted hibiscus. A clear shrub or a touch of colour can transform a space in the blink of an eye, and if you have to pay a little for a plant or two, the investment will still be much less than if you had laid out your garden from scratch.
The garden of your dreams is within reach with a little work and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make it happen. Some effort and creative ideas will suffice. When you have your first glass of cucumber water in your new green oasis, you will congratulate yourself on the work you have done. As for your neighbours, that’s another story… If you want to know more, check Broadleaf Tree Surgeons in Maidstone out.