If you are new to gardening and are creating a bed from scratch, starting small is a good way to begin. Dig out a small bed for your plants and see how much time it takes to maintain it before creating bigger beds.
When making a new garden it’s best to plant similar plants in groups of 3, 5, or 7 and plant them in the form of a triangle.
Always make sure to see how wide the plan will grow before planting to prevent over crowding.
If you need to do a quick weeding job and don’t have the time or energy to pull weeds between every plant, just weed around the edge of the garden. It will draw attention to the nice clean line where your garden meets grass and the rest of the weeds can blend in with your plants.
Pick plants that do not need much maintenance. If you want to plan and forget about them, avoid plants that need pruning or shrubs that need to be cut back each year.
When planting a hedge or wall to block out your neighbours, double check that the shrub or tree you have selected will not lose their leaves during the winter.
Mulch may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it will save you so much time with weeding.
Do your clean up in the fall – not the spring. When the snow begins to melt in the spring, you can enjoy a clean garden without having to look at rotten leaves and dead plants. Raking up dead leaves and clipping off dead plants in the fall will prevent you from accidentally breaking off the new growth coming up from the ground when raking in the spring.
Watch out for deer and other animals that like to snack on plants. When in doubt, check with your local garden centre to see which plants are animal proof.
The best time to water your plants is at the coolest time of the day. This way, the sun won’t evaporate most of the water that is meant for your plants. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, overnight is best. If you are hand watering with a hose or watering can, think early morning or late evening.
Keeping herbs and veggies in pots or raised planter beds can be easier on your back when taking care of them as you will likely be giving them more attention than your flowers and greenery.
If you have a large garden, don’t feel daunted about maintaining everything in one day. Pick a corner, work away and see where you get. Gardens are meant for your enjoyment!