We all love spending time outside creating a spectacular outdoor oasis. Sometimes we forge ahead without thinking things through. Here are the things you should avoid when planning your Summer garden.
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Learning the potential pitfalls of Summer gardening can often lead to much better results in the long run while allowing you to learn these sometimes painful lessons from the mistakes of others rather than your own personal gardening flops and nightmares.
So now that you know you want to have a garden, here are some things you should think of during the early stages of your project. Some things to think of include:
Not Considering Your Neighbors When Planning Your Summer Garden
One thing that we are all guilty of is landscaping for the neighbor’s enjoyment. If you spend the vast majority of your free time in the great outdoors, this is one thing, but if you are like the typical family, you spend the vast majority of your time inside your home looking out.
For this reason, it is wise to plant your summer garden in an area that you can easily view from within the walls of your home rather than in an area that only the neighbors are likely to see on an average day. In other words, garden for your enjoyment and make it so that you actually get to view the benefits of your labor on any given day.
We are lucky in the fact that we live in a row of townhouses where the owners have all been here since day 1. We are used to each other’s outdoor spaces. Most of our landscaping is geared around providing some privacy, but we also have plenty of opportunity to enjoy what we have planted in our backyards.
Remembering That Less Is More
Avoid cluttering your lawn with too much of anything. Keep your summer garden on scale with your lawn. It will look completely out of place if you have too much in garden on a postage stamp lot and will look completely under maintained to have very little landscaping in your summer garden on a lot the size of a grand estate.
Try to keep everything in perspective and appropriate to the amount of land available as well as the climate of the area in which you are planning your Summer garden. I can be especially guilty of picking things that aren’t appropriate for the size of our space.
Not Having A Plan For Planting Your Summer Garden
You should also avoid looking as though you have no plan in your Summer garden landscaping and design. Planning is the most important thing you can do for your Summer garden. Without a solid plan upon which to build the design of your summer garden your garden is doomed to either fail or look as though it was poorly planned and executed.
Invest the largest portion of time and energy towards the planning stage of your summer garden in order to achieve the best possible results. Also make sure you plan for how you are going to maintain your Summer garden once it is planted.
In fact, a wise thing to do is to start planning your Summer garden while it is still Winter! Take the time to look at catalogs and websites to get some ideas of what you want to do.
Remember The Long-Term Implications When Planning Your Summer Garden
Another common pitfall when planning and creating summer gardens is failing to consider the long-term implications of the plants and flowers selected for the garden. If you are not interested in heavy maintenance it makes little sense to purchase plants and flowers that are high maintenance by nature. Select plants according to your summer garden needs and not simply because you think they look good in a brochure or on the store shelves.
Also, do you have space to store the tools needed to maintain your Summer garden through the whole season? Having a large space or a quality shed to store your gardening equipment is very important.
If you take a little time to make some effort towards properly planning your Summer gardens according to your personal tastes and the desired level of maintenance you wish to invest in, keeping your garden in top form will be easier.
One thing to remember is that while there are Summer gardens that require a little less maintenance than others, there is no such thing as a no-maintenance garden. Expect to spend some time and effort keeping your garden looking sharp and in order. You will be grateful you spent all the pre-planning you did!