Planning Your Summer Garden
If you are
like many people around the world you want a summer garden to bring
a little life to your lawn during those oh so hot summer months.
Most of us however, would prefer a garden that doesn't require
constant care and attention. This is where proper planning comes
into place for creating the summer garden of your dreams.
There are several things you need to ask yourself when planning
your summer garden. Each of these things will to some extent
determine the type of summer garden your lawn will accommodate.
First of all, how much space on your lawn do you wish your summer
garden to occupy and in general terms how big is that space. Most
of us live in homes that have woefully inadequate lawn space these
days. For this reason it is important to have a realistic vision as
to how much of that prime real estate you are willing to commit to
your summer garden.
Once you have determined how much space you are willing to
commit to your garden you need to decide on the location. Location
is important to know before beginning the planning phase because
you will need to plan according to the location. You need to be
able to answer the following questions about location. How much
direct sunlight gets to this location on an average day? Is this a
location that is generally moist or typically dry? And how much
indirect sunlight does this section of lawn see on any given day?
These are questions that are important because they will, by and
large, determine what kind of plants your garden will be able to
accommodate. You also need to know a little about the terrain of
the area as well. It is level, rocky, or muddy? These things will
each have a different but profound effect on the type of garden
that can be grown and steps you will have to take to make a summer
garden work in this particular location.
The next question you will need to ask and answer before moving
on to the planning and purchasing phase is how much time, on
average, do you want to devote to your summer garden on any given
day? Gardens often require tending and you must be prepared to
devote some time to keeping your garden in good working order
though some are definitely higher maintenance than others. You need
to have a realistic idea of how much time each day or week that you
are willing to devote to making your garden the beautiful sanctuary
it can be in mind before you decide on the types of plants and
flowers that will fill your summer garden.
You should also have in mind the type of summer garden you wish
to create as well. Do you want a vegetable garden, flower garden,
or do you simply want to add a little bit more green to your lawn?
Do you want to add a water feature or have a sitting area?
When planning your summer garden you will need to consider all
these things and more. Another thing you will want to keep in mind
is the local climate. It is moderate, dry, wet, or cool many
mornings? These things will also have a fairly significant effect
on the best type of garden that is suitable for your current
garden is so much more than walking outside and pointing and
grunting. There is a great deal of work that goes into planning a
successful summer garden. Asking the right questions is a good
place to begin the process. Once you have the answers it is time to
begin the more exciting aspects of planning your summer garden such
as working the ground and selecting the plants that will soon call
your lawn home. Just remember that paying careful attention to the
details ahead of time will save a lot of lost time and money