A garden is a brilliant addition to your home’s landscape. Whether it features edible vegetables or aesthetic flowers, it will enhance your home’s exterior to create a more attractive landscape. However, there are several things to consider when planning a garden.
#1) Sun Exposure
First, consider the amount of sun exposure your garden will receive. In the United States, the south side of most homes will receive the most sun exposure. Therefore, it’s a good idea to create your garden here instead of the north side.
With that said, you should still monitor your home’s landscape on a sunny day to determine exactly how much sun each side receives.
You should also consider drainage and runoff when planning a garden. Attempting to start a garden in an area with poor drainage is a recipe for disaster.
When it rains, water will pool up in your garden, saturating the plants and making them waterlogged. To prevent this from happening, start your garden in an area that has proper drainage and water runoff.
#3) Soil Composition
Arguably, one of the most important things to consider when planning a garden is the composition of the soil. If the soil is devoid of nutrients and minerals, you may struggle to grow a lush, healthy garden.
Alternatively, soil with an abnormally high or low pH level may also restrict plant growth in your garden. So, check the soil composition when planning your garden. If it’s low in nutrients, add a high-quality fertilizer to promote healthy growth. If the pH level is too high or low, adjust it accordingly.
#4) Plant Varieties
What type of plants do you intend to grow in your garden?
Not all regions are suitable for all plants. And if you try to grow a plant that’s not suitable for your home’s region, you’ll struggle to create a healthy garden.
Refer to the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map for more information on which plants are suitable for your home’s landscape. It will tell the “zone” for your home, which you can use to select easy-to-grow plants.
#5) Nearby Plants
Finally, check to see if there are any plants or trees growing around the area where you’d like to create a garden.
If it’s congested with too much plant life, it will restrict the amount of nutrients and water your garden plants receive, thus making it difficult to grow a healthy garden.
Ideally, you should design your garden in an area where there are few to no nearby plants and trees.
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