4 Tips for evaluating your garden design

Most gardeners will dream of a ideas on how to redesign or improve their garden. Instead of getting frustrated at your gardening set backs, here are 4 tips for evaluating your garden design and creating a space that is rewarding. What worked – You should have an idea of a section of your garden that always worked well. This is the key to letting you know what sort of style and plants work best for your garden. Following this style will ensure your garden is always looking its best and an easy garden will give you more time to enjoy its beauty. What didn’t work – Remember the plants that always needed your attention, or those that never really grew to the plants you had hoped, these are the plants that should be avoided. These types of plants will...

The advantages and disadvantages of a cottage garden

A cottage garden is defined as an informal garden with old fashioned flowers and plants. Signature modern cottage gardens will have self sowing plants, bushes and plants spilling off the edge of pathways. Although this style of garden may look like it requires no care, a good deal of maintenance is involved. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of creating and maintaining a cottage garden. Advantages Personalized garden – Each cottage garden will look different from each other. Usually the plants in a cottage garden will change and flow with each passing year. Inexpensive and Economical – To create a cottage garden you will need a few packs of seeds and some patience. If you decide to spend money on larger plants like rose bushes and flowering...

5 Great ground cover plants

Ground cover plants take the fuss out of landscaping. They are dependable, hardworking plants, that will carpet your garden floor with minimal fuss. They also offer to control erosion for hilly landscapes and thrive in dry conditions, all the while beautifying your garden. Here are 5 great ground cover plants. Thyme – Thyme is a great aromatic plant that is best grown in borders, beds and containers. The plant features tiny, fragrant leaves and flowers, that can be used for cooking fresh or dried. The type that creeps, can handle a bit of foot traffic. Thyme will need sun, therefore tuck them between plants and stepping stones on garden paths. Sedums – These plants that have succulent leaves and stems. They grow best in low water areas and start...

5 tips on how to control and deter rabbits from your garden

Although rabbits are cute, they can cause a lot of damage to your garden. Rabbits usually will eat any plant if they are hungry enough and can cause a lot of damage in just a few hours. Here are a few methods that will help you control and deter rabbits from entering your garden. Repellants – Rabbits are picky when it comes to certain scents. Therefore, buying a rabbit repellant that has to be applied to your plants is a good deterrent. However, you will have to reapply the repellent if there is a good amount of new plant growth or after a rain. It is best to alternate your repellants, so that the rabbits to not get familiar with the scent. Fertilizer repellants – Blood meal and bone meal make very good natural rabbit deterrents. Since rabbits are...

Clever gardening tips

If you’re new to gardening, you will understand the enjoyment you get from spending time in your garden and watching things you plant grow. To keep your garden in good shape, here are a few clever tips, used by professional gardeners. Pot-in-pot landscaping – Most new gardeners will have no idea where a plant would grow or look best. To make it easier for you to transfer your pots, dig a hole and place an empty plastic pot. You can then grow your seasonal plants or vegetable in your plastic pot and easily move them when needed. Packing peanuts in large pots – To lighten the load of large flower pots, place packing peanuts at the bottom of your pots. To keep the soil from sinking add a layer of landscape fabric. Calcium for your garden – Egg...

8 basic gardening tools every newbie gardener needs

If you’re new to gardening, you might need to buy a few necessities to make your gardening project a pleasant one. Pruners – Pruners are a great addition to your gardening tools. They will make it easier for you to prune shrubs and perennials. A sharp pruner will also assist the plant to recover faster, once dead or over grown branches are cut. Trowel – Trowels have a pointed end and a scooped blade. It makes digging holes, removing weeds and transferring plants a lot easier. Choose a rubber handled, lightweight trowel, which is comfortable to hold. Shovel – A shovel is helpful if you have a large garden and need to move large volumes of soil. Choose a shovel with a rounded point, which will make digging, breaking soil and planting a lot...