DIY Tips For Gardening

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Welcome to DIY Tips for Gardening. Step seven has many practical tips in developing your Mystical Garden. We hope you enjoy this empowering escapade into the simple life of gardening for yourself.

Some DIY Tips for Gardening

We begin DIY Tips for Gardening with Planting tips:

  • Quality vs. Quantity
    Do not have more than 15 species of plants in one garden – keep the variety down and concentrate on pattern or your garden will look random and confusing.

  • Grouping
    Plant in groups of 5 to 10

  • Creating Flow
    Plant in sweeps, not in patches

  • Water Consumption
    Remember to plant those that need similar amounts of water together.

  • Small too Big
    In general, smaller plants in the front, larger at the back.

Pots and Gardens

  • Trees Need Space
    Do not plant trees close to boundary walls or buildings – that means your house – they will grow and damage walls and foundations. Plant them at least 500mm from any wall or building for non root aggressive species.

  • Agro Roots
    The root aggressive species such as Ficus should not be planted in small gardens at all.

  • Time and Patience
    It takes a garden three to four years to grow into its design.

  • Garden Maintenance
    If you employ a gardener, ask your landscaper to instruct him in the key functions of garden maintenance. Try and arrange for him to work with the landscape company and get some on-the-job training and gather some invaluable experience.

In Planting a Garden Lawn

diy tips for gardening - great planting combinations

Plant lawn last: That way, you won’t damage it with wheelbarrows and other equipment while you work on the rest of the garden. Don’t use top soil when you plant lawn – after two or three months (ideally, the following spring) – you should put a layer of topsoil over the lawn to remove unevenness, and thereafter once a year each spring.

Organic Gardening Compost

Fertilise twice a year – in spring and mid to late summer. More is not more – too much fertilising will leach nutrients out of the soil; in fact, over fertilising is worse than not fertilising at all. You can also use a slow-release chemical fertiliser as well as use alternative organic fertilisers which are becoming more popular but may require more frequent applications. Organic gardening compost is a great option.

Organic gardening compost is a vital part of keeping your garden maintained and well treated, so don’t buy it off the streets, still steaming. If it has not been treated, it will be too acidic and will kill plants. An ammonia smell is a dead giveaway that it hasn’t been treated. Stick with good brands that are sold at the well known nurseries.

DIY Tips for Gardening

Online Garden Design in your Mystical Garden

Edge a bed with rock roses leading up to Carex frosted curls inter-planted with red-hot pokers. Ornate and soft shrubs looks great with aloes, so plant a tree aloe in the centre as a focal point and Freylinia tropica as a backdrop.

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