These tips go through how to plant a garden that will save you time while looking aesthetically pleasing.
#1- Plant natives.
No matter where you live there are plants adapted to your soil and the weather. These plants are called ‘natives’, for example, if you live in an area that once was a prairie, then prairie natives live butterfly weed and coneflower will thrive and fit well in your garden.
#2- Breaking up hard soil.
One of the easiest ways to break up hard soil is by using a tiller, which is the only tool you’ll need. The sharp tines will break up the hard surface to allow fertilizers and moisture to reach down to the plants root system.
Taking out weeds with a hoe can stimulate more weed growth, so instead, use a cultivator. This tool will ensure you get everything and the root. Dig down right next to the root and loosen it up, because you might leave some of the root in there if you just try to pull, which can actually stimulate new weed growth.
#4- Choose water wise plants.
Landscaping that’s designed to conserve water is called xeriscaping. By grouping plants together with similar watering needs and focusing on plants that don’t require as much moisture you’ll use less water. “Water-wise” plants include coneflowers, ornamental grasses, butterfly weeds, and daylilies. You want to look for the “Water Wise” symbol on your plant tags. This means that it doesn’t take as much moisture for the plants to grow and maintain, which means their perfect for areas that are water restricted or drought prone.
Mulch stops weeds, keeps in the soil moisture, prevents erosion, and as it breaks down it releases nutrients into the soil. In addition, mulch makes the garden bed presentable.
#6- Plant perennials.
Some plants come in year after year, like daylilies, daisies, and peonies. That means you don’t have to get down on your knees every spring to replant the garden. After buying once you get plenty years of enjoyment.
#7- Group together plants with similar needs.
For instance, begonia and hosta both like it moist and shady. Rather than combining them with plants that may like it sunnier or drier, you can water only where the plants need it.
#8- Watering system
A drip irrigation system is an easy way to water your plants without having to haul around hoses or watering cans. They connect to your watering hose and lay on the ground, delivering water to the plants that need it, when they need it. So, you don’t have water come in from above and laying on the foliage which can evaporate away or cause folier diseases. Drip irrigation systems are easy to install and you can even make it a bit easier by hooking up a timer.