The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Gardening
Just getting started with landscaping? Then read on for some handy tips and tricks for first-time garden designers!
If you are something of a landscaping novice, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when getting to grips with a new gardening project. Luckily for you, we’ve put together some handy tips for first-time landscapers. From ways to budget for your gardening masterpiece touseful planting tips, we’ve got you covered.
Plan and budget
First thing’s first, be prepared. It’s really easily to get carried away when you’re starting out with a garden, and if you don’t have a price range in mind, you’ll soon be spashing the cash like there’s no tomorrow! Think about what kind of garden you’d like to have, and by doing a little research, draw up a plan and a budget that’s appropriate.
When it’s time to invest, be a savvy shopper. Hit the seasonal sales and trawl through wholesale sites to make sure you’re getting your favourite items at the best possible prices.
Get to know your garden
Nothing is quite as good as ruining your best-made plans as Mother Nature, so take the time to get to know your garden. By this, we mean study things like the sun and wind patterns, and then base the layout of your garden around those. For example, you’re not going to want to put a fire pit in an area that’s clearly a wind trap, or create a dining space in an area that receives next to no shade on those warm summer days. These kinds of rookie mistakes are so common with people landscaping a garden for the first time, so be careful not to make the same error.
It’s great to be ambitious when you’re starting out with landscaping, but we’d advise any beginner gardeners to start off small and work their way up from there. Flower beds are relatively easy to create but still offer you room to get creative. If you’re struggling to spare a lot of time, you can work on your brand new flower bed for just a few hours every week or so, planting flowers one day, then creating a lovely stone border the next, all the while honing your skills.
Pick low-maintenance plants
If you are a total gardening novice, then choose plants that are going to be low-maintenance. Find out which plants are native to the area, as these won’t need as much help to thrive. Don’t shy away from things like hardy grasses and bushes, as these will fill out your garden and require very little looking after. Other plants that are very easy to look after include rosemary (which you’ll be able to use in cooking), hydrangea and succulents.
Natural is best
A patio is top of many a garden to-do list at the start of a project, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a must-have if you plan to enjoy some al fresco dining, and it’s also an ideal spot to show off any potted plants. If those are high priorities for you, then put a patio at the heart of your landscape.
It’s always a good idea to opt for natural stone paving materials wherever possible. Natural stone is durable and never goes out of style, which means it’s an investment that will serve you well for many years to come.
Here’s to a fab new garden!
When you break it down, garden landscaping doesn’t need to be difficult. By starting small and working on your garden little and often, you’ll soon have a beautifully landscaped outdoor space. Whatever approach you take, quality materials and creativity will totally transform your garden.