Gardening is one of the underrated joys in life. Many long, peaceful hours can be spent growing and nurturing plants to their full size or their maximum potential, with results that can last a very long time. Trees and shrubbery can be shaped and grown into specific forms that can represent one’s other interests, and the dedication required to make your garden beautiful is less related to being willing to tend to it every day, as it is to having the patience to let it grow.
It is commonly thought that growing a fantastic garden is an expensive endeavour, but this is far from the truth. Here, we explore ways to create a fantastic garden without throwing money down the drain, in the hopes that it inspires you to get your greenery to its most beautiful state possible.
There are a few things that all plants need to survive, and one of them is water. Irrigation supplies and thriving gardens go hand in hand, and the better the quality you buy, the better your garden will be regulated and tended. Many people don’t have the time or the inclination to be home every single day to water their gardens, but with a correctly set up irrigation system, like a sprinkler in a greenhouse, your plants can be watered to just the right amount whether you’re home or not. Adding water based fertilizers to your irrigation systems can also be a good idea, but make sure to have a good filtration system installed as well, to take care of any algae before it becomes a problem.
Coordinating your plants to keep your garden fresh and green all year round might seem difficult, but it’s actually quite easy once you get the hang of it. When working with trees, deciduous trees will drop their leaves in autumn and reacquire them in spring, and evergreen trees will remain green all year round. The difference that these trees often exhibit is the kind of leaves they have, with deciduous leaves usually being broad-leafed, and evergreen trees usually being needle-like, such as pine trees.
Planting trees around the outside of your garden beds is a good idea, but make sure not to plant too many, as their roots may cause problems for the smaller plants in the garden bed, and vice versa. Smaller plants will rarely drop their leaves, so planting an array of colourful plants will ensure greenery year round, and colours in spring and summer.
Most people seem to know that plants thrive when they’re given fertiliser, but fewer people know that
different plants require different fertiliser to really get themselves going. Rose bushes, for instance, love
blood and bone fertiliser for strong growth and vibrant colours, whereas most trees and larger bushes will enjoy some horse manure to get to their roots. Researching the plants in your garden before buying fertiliser is the way to go, because you might not get any increased results for your money, unless you buy the right fertiliser.
With this, you have a better idea of how to set your garden up so you don’t end up sucking the life out of your trees, having a barren garden for three quarters of the year, or growing your plants so slowly you lose hope. Now that you have the knowledge, get out there and do some gardening.