Anybody with green fingers knows that a new garden requires plenty of work and TLC. Without a dedication to the cause, any garden or landscaping area can quickly fall into disarray, and in the process, make the area look even worse. This is one big drawback for those planning to landscape their front yards, back yards or any other area: the continuous commitment that is required.
However, landscaping larger areas – especially gardens – can be done in such ways that prevent extra work, minimize maintenance and ultimately improve functionality. Today, we’ll review some of those tips that can help you plan the perfect extra-large garden in your yard.
Install Plenty of Paths
The appeal of a large garden involves having plenty of space to grow and enjoy vegetables, trees, flowers and other plants. Because of this, many gardeners don’t want to use a significant portion of their garden space for walkways and other paths. However, to maximize efficiency and square footage combined, this is a necessary part of any garden planning.
There are numerous options available: from a decomposed granite path to mulch walkways and barriers, you can easily cover and establish walking areas within the garden that will minimize the prevalence of weeds and other unwanted growth.
Any large garden is going to naturally require some maintenance, but you can reduce the amount of aesthetic maintenance substantially by establishing clear borders around its perimeter. Think about all the work that would be needed to eliminate weeds and keep the rest of the yard from encroaching on the garden year after year.
Instead of obsessing over this, consider how a combination of weed barriers and Victorian trenches can help reduce the likelihood of weeds and grass overrunning your garden’s boundaries. This can save hours of work each year – especially on extra-large gardens.
Consider Irrigation Options
For very large gardens, watering may or may not be a huge concern. In naturally wetter climates, Mother Nature may take care of everything – but most people don’t have such luck. As such, you’ll need to determine what is the best method for watering your plants on a regular basis.
Some options available include trenches that funnel water from a central point throughout the garden, integrated drip systems that gradually water plants based on a schedule you determine, and sprinkler systems. Of the choices, sprinklers tend to be the most expensive and trenches tend to be the most time-consuming to create. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide how to balance time and money when determining the best course of action for irrigation.
Plan with Grids
Any large-scale gardening effort should be thought out and carefully planned. One great way to do this is by planning your garden in grids. Whether you decide to grid your garden by square foot or a larger measurement, this can help you more effectively space plants, increase yields and accurately determine how much mulch, fertilizer, seeds and any other elements you’ll need.
This will allow you to adequately manage your time and plan ahead, knowing exactly how much money, energy and resources you’ll need before breaking any ground whatsoever.
Planning ahead for a major garden project should consider all factors that will affect its development. From weed control and access to irrigation and spacing, these elements can help minimize the amount of work necessary, reduce wasteful spending and ultimately deliver great returns on any garden project you pursue.