Thoughts and musings
Lewis | March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
I don’t know if it’s just me, but I do not have a clue when each season officially starts and ends. I just go by the temperature, and if it’s too cold I’ll grab a jumper! It might just be a gap in my own personal knowledge, and I’m sure you know more about it than I do! But I digress; after doing some research, Oakleigh Manor now have ten landscaping tips for you that will hold you in good stead during Spring…which I’ve just discovered officially started last week!
I bet you’re all itching to get outside into the garden, so let’s crack on with the list. Starter for ten…
1) Know your climate
Take note of how much sunlight your garden receives, the average rainfall you get during Spring, etc.
2) Research first
Taking your knowledge of your climate into account, research into, say, the plants you can buy that will thrive in in your climate, to ensure your Spring efforts can be seen all year.
3) Find the prevalent pests
Some of you may have caught the first blog in our new ‘Garden Pests Series’ yesterday; it’s something we’re very excited about! But find out what pests are prevalent in your area, and take proactive action,
4) Plant at the correct times
Certain plants, especially fruit and veg, are best to be planted at certain times of the year. Make sure you do your research on this, too. You don’t want to plant at the wrong time, as it could be detrimental to your crop.
5) Plan for growth
A cardinal sin for gardening that is rather common is to ‘over-plant’, without consideration for the fact that these plants will grow! If this happens, too many organisms will be competing for sunlight, water and nutrients and some could die, and many would suffer!
6) Be inspired
It’s easy to be enthusiastic about your garden, but when it comes down to it, it’s equally as easy to not know where to go with it! Do some research online, look at some of the designs by history’s well-known garden designers, such as Gertrude Jekyll; it’ll help to get the ball rolling.
7) Map it
Make sure you take every little detail into account. Think about what plants are going where, where your walkways are going to be, and what features you are having. Plan these and make sure it keeps your garden balanced.
8) Be prepared for maintenance
A landscape is for life, not just for Christmas! Do remember that your garden will need maintenance, from mowing the lawn to weeding, from pruning to, well, even more weeding!
9) Match plants to your environment
Say, for example, you live where sunshine is at a premium (sound familiar?), then do not invest in tropical plants that need to bask in it for hours on end!
10) Contrast with your home
Finally, ensure that the aesthetics of your garden and your home match up. For example, if you live in a Victorian-era house, create a quaint garden with flowering areas synonymous with the time.
So there you go! Ten tips for Spring, which is already a week old!