Achieving a beautiful, vibrant looking garden is probably the most important goal of any keen gardener, and it’s not nearly as difficult as many people think. All it takes is a little bit of forethought, and some care and attention, and you will soon have the garden of your dreams. So, here are the five secrets to keeping a vibrant garden.
1. Work on Your Lawn
While colorful flowerbeds look stunning, what most people notice first is the lawn, so ensuring that it’s in tip-top condition will add greatly to the overall look of your garden. During the summer, take care not to cut the grass too short and adjust the height of your mower’s blades when cutting shaded grass. Also, take time to work on any patches at the end of the summer so your lawn will look great the following year.
2. Use Mulch on Your Flowerbeds
Mulch can be anything from a loose covering of tree bark or compost to pebbles or stone chippings. Which one you use, depends very much on you. While mulch that is biodegradable will help add nutrients back to the soil, non-biodegradable materials can make a garden look more decorative. Mulch not only keeps soil moist for longer but also stops weeds growing, meaning less work for you!
3. Start Composting
Home composting is the basis for any vibrant garden and it is remarkably easy to do. All you need is a composting bin and lots of raw material. You can use grass cuttings, leaves, kitchen waste and anything else that can decompose. However, you’ll also need to add something to create air pockets so your compost can breathe. Twigs work well and empty cereal boxes scrunched up are pretty good too.
4. Watering Your Garden
Of course, you can’t have a vibrant garden without watering your lawn and plants. One of the best ways to give your garden a uniform amount of water is with a great sprinkler system. You will also need to keep your sprinklers in good working order so don’t forget to arrange for an annual service and arrange sprinkler repair if it’s needed.
5. You Have to Put in the Work
The number one secret to keeping a vibrant garden is… that there isn’t really a secret! It’s all down to good old-fashioned hard work and planning. While you’re enjoying your garden in the summer, you should be thinking about what you’re going to do in the fall and then, the hard bit is remembering you have to do it.
Wrapping It All Up
Achieving a garden with the wow factor isn’t a result of any secret formulas. And you don’t need to be born with green fingers to turn a scrap of rough ground into a piece of paradise. It’s simply good planning and a little bit of work. You only get from a garden what you put into it and, as any keen gardener knows, that’s no secret at all.