Summer Garden Pitfalls
We all love
learning great ways to create a summer garden fit to rival them
all. What we do not really take the time to check out often enough
are the things we should avoid when creating a summer garden.
Learning the potential pitfalls of summer gardening can often lead
to much better results in the long run while allowing you to learn
these sometimes painful lessons from the mistakes of others rather
than your own personal gardening flops and nightmares.
One thing that we are all guilty of is landscaping for the
neighbor's enjoyment. If you spend the vast majority of your free
time in the great outdoors, this is one thing but if you are like
the typical family you spend the vast majority of your time inside
your home looking out. For this reason it is wise to plant your
summer garden in an area that you can easily view from within the
walls of your home rather than in an area that only the neighbors
are likely to see on an average day. In other words, garden for
your enjoyment and make it so that you actually get to view the
benefits of your labor on any given day.
Avoid cluttering your lawn with too much of anything. Keep your
summer garden on scale with your lawn. It will look completely out
of place if you have too much in garden on a postage stamp lot and
will look completely under maintained to have very little
landscaping in your summer garden on a lot the size of a grand
estate. Try to keep everything in perspective and appropriate to
the amount of land available as well as the climate of the area in
which you are planning your summer garden.
You should also avoid looking as though you have no plan in your
summer garden landscaping and design. Planning is the most
important thing you can do for your summer garden. Without a solid
plan upon which to build the design of your summer garden your
garden is doomed to either fail or look as though it was poorly
planned and executed. Invest the largest portion of time and energy
towards the planning stage of your summer garden in order to
achieve the best possible results.
Another common pitfall when planning and creating summer gardens
is failing to consider the long-term implications of the plants and
flowers selected for the garden. If you are not interested in heavy
maintenance it makes little sense to purchase plants and flowers
that are high maintenance by nature. Select plants according to
your summer garden needs and not simply because you think they look
good in a brochure or on the store shelves.
If you take a
little time to make a concerted effort towards properly planning
your summer gardens according to your personal tastes and the
desired level of maintenance you wish to invest in keeping your
garden in top form you will find that you will enjoy your garden
much more than if you throw some plants in the ground and hope for
the best. One thing to remember is that while there are summer
gardens that require a little less maintenance than others there is
no such thing as a no maintenance garden. Expect to spend some time
and effort keeping your garden looking sharp and in order.