The Garden Plan – Create Your Space

By now you should have an understanding of the garden conditions and what you want your space to become.  Look at your notes from the first three segments and lets create a new map like we did in the beginning of know your space.


With this map we’re going to make sure we define the space.  Carefully label where the lawn, trees, garden, play or sitting area will be established and let’s color it up with plants. Smile, your dream is becoming a reality!

Choose the Right Plants for Each Area

Mark what plants will work in your space; refer to your notes and resources to make sure you stay on track.  It’s so easy to skip this part and just wing it, don’t do that because you’ll waste time, funds and welcome frustration.

Things to Think about:

1.Choose Plants that Thrive without Irrigation.

There are many plants that grow beautifully without having to water between rainfall.  After a plant adapts to their new environment the moisture around them stays wet.  Then you have drought tolerant plants that do best when soil is dry during the summer.

2. Select Pest and Disease Resistant Varieties

Selecting resistant varieties can be hard to uncover and vary depending on your climate.  Check with your local nursery for additional resources and ideas. Many people stay away from roses because they’ve heard they’re difficult plants to grow.  The fact is some varieties are difficult while others are super easy and require little attention.

3. Diversify Planting and Go Native

Diverse planting is beneficial if you’re looking to attract birds and the right insects that eat pests. These types of gardens are beautiful and truly inspired by nature. I love native plants; they’re already adapted to the climate and pests.  This means the needs of these plants will vary; it’s important you provide the right conditions so they can thrive.

Easy Maintenance and Efficient Irrigation

At every stage of your planning consider how to water with smart sense and make upkeep easy.  This will save you time and funds down the road.   Everybody wants a beautiful space but we also want to have a life beyond the yard.  I’m going to share a few helpful tips to consider.

1. Plant Practical Lawns and Create Low Maintenance Areas

Include grass where you need it and base that amount green on maintenance, such as watering, mowing and trimming.  Avoid grass in areas that are difficult to mow do to slops or narrow paths.

In those difficult areas where it’s hard to reach or unsafe choose plants that are quick growing, like ground covers; this will add texture and a new shade of green. This cover should crowd out weeds and require little watering.

2. Groups Plants by Their Water Needs

Grouping plants makes watering easier to maintain without worries of plants getting to much water. Lawns, plants and gardens all have different water needs.

3. Create Irrigation Zones for Exposure

Plants in full sun use more water, one exception would be sunflowers. If you’re using a timed irrigation system make sure the plants that require full sun are planted accordingly.

4. Drip, Soak and Gather Water for Savings

You never know when a drought will hit or when water prices will rise.  The ideal situation would be to water from a well but we all don’t have that luxury.

Drip irrigation and soaker hoses offer the best conservation for most plants.  It doesn’t work for your lawn, you will need some kind of sprinkler system that doesn’t waste water, and you don’t want to be that person watering the sidewalk.

I like to gather rain water and reuse it as needed; it’s perfect for container planters that are placed around the yard.

Garden for All Seasons

Look for winter stand out plants that feature leaf color or texture.
Include evergreens, winter spruce or shrubs are a good option in conjunction with arbors or trellises and my favorite garden art. Adding visual interest during the dark months is sometimes more fun than gardening.

 

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