Gardening Basics For Beginners

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Getting your garden or yard ready for the first time can be quite a challenge. Just remember that everything is done in steps, and does not have to be done in a day. It is better to do things right in this case, rather than fast.

When getting ready for spring, there are many ideas and tips that you can gather along the way. BuildDirect offers free samples of gardening products, so if you are unsure about the types of products you may need, samples are the perfect way to begin to investigate.

Create a plan your garden for reference

Before beginning any project you need to have a plan. A plan will ensure that you have a basic layout, a budget,  and an idea of what kinds of  plants you want to include.  Think about choosing native plants for your garden as local plants take fewer resources and less effort on your part to survive in your native climate.

Make a note of north, south, east, and west with regard to wind and sun exposure.  Map out your plan and use it as a reference the whole way along.  This is a great way to avoid mistakes, as a yard and garden need to have attention to detail. Take a look at the area that you intend to develop, and draw out a map of where you would like plants, paths, pavers and other details.

Hard-scapes like walkways, stepping stones and borders are a great way to separate areas into manageable zones, just like rooms in your interiors. Once you have a plan in hand, you need to then look to see what types of products you would like to use in your gardening space. This is when you investigate plants that do well in your area.

How to place your chosen plants for a new garden

Plants need to have proper nutrients and elements in order to grow and thrive successfully. Make a note about plants that need full sun or low sun, and how much water they will require. With this information, you’ll have a basis of where best to plant, based on the species you’ve chosen.

Also, take a quick look at expected plant height. This will be a great way to determine where to place the plants in relation with one another to avoid creating growth patterns that put sun-loving plants behind larger ones that need less sun. Let all of your plants shine by tiering them properly.

While looking at your plants, determine the spacing that is needed between each plant. This will give you a rough estimate on how many plants you will need to cover the intended area. Plants that are bunched together will compete for ground nutrients, making thriving a difficult process. In fact, plants can be competitive, and begin to choke the opposing roots for nutrients.

Prepare your garden beds

Prepare the soil properly. Depending on your area and climate, the soil may be hard, like with caleche, or soft. If the soil is hard, tilling will be in order so that the ground will be receptive for the plants, and for water. This is a vital step. Once completed, you can pack the soil down for an even look, and begin to install the plants.

For grass, you can lay sod right on top of the tilled ground, or shake out the seed. Grass seed can rest right on top of the soil. Water at least twice a day until plants begin to take root. Make sure that no flooding occurs as this can drown your plants.

Gardening basics for beginners does not have to be a painful experience, but following the steps will help to ensure successful gardens.

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.