Yard & Garden

How to Get a Beautiful Garden with Minimal Effort

Flower Garden Woman

Having a beautiful garden will take your home from amazing to outstanding. A garden makes a great addition to any home, adding natural plant life to your aesthetic. Whether it’s for meditating outside among the flowers or crafting the best quality plants to enter into competitions, having plants growing right outside your home is a perfect way to get in touch with your natural side.

Creating the perfect garden seems like a momentous task, with the cost of starting supplies, general upkeep, and what plants to choose looming over your head. But a beautiful garden doesn’t have to cause headaches – just follow the tips listed below to get to the garden of your dreams with the least amount of effort.

Step 1: Creating Your Space

To start your garden, you first need to plan out where you are going to put it. This is as simple as sitting in your outdoor space and meditating on where it would look the best. Whether you want just one section of your backyard covered in flowers, or little pops of color throughout, the perfect garden is possible.

You will have to keep in mind the limitations set out by your neighborhood, if there are any. Some neighborhoods will not allow any work done in the front, but the back is free game. You will have to keep an eye on those limitations closely, so you do not violate neighborhood codes.

Once you’ve decided on the type of space you want and where you want your garden, you have to do a little prep work. This includes clearing debris, stripping away sod, and adding good soil.

If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, this can be easily handled by calling a local landscaping service to start the process, or you can use it as a bonding experience in your family.

Step 2: Choosing the Right Plants

Once you’ve gotten the landscape crew crafting the perfect space for your garden, you need to decide on the types of plant life you want. There are plenty of gardening magazines that will help inspire you. Make sure to keep in mind the area where you live, so that you choose plants and flowers that will thrive best with minimal effort. Examples include:

  • Sunflowers
  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Marigolds
  • Peonies
  • Spinach
  • and Green Beans

Choosing plants is the most fun process of creating the garden and doesn’t have to be extremely time-consuming. Patience is key in this, so spending a couple minutes a day browsing through plants and highlighting ones that catch your eye is all you need.

Step 3: Making Maintenance Easy

Finally, maintenance is key to keeping your plant beds beautiful. This doesn’t have to be labor intensive, you just need to find a good exterior landscape maintenance service to take care of your garden from time to time. This kind of service can take care of all the weeding, fertilizing, pruning, and plant bed maintenance for you so that you can have a beautiful garden year-round without lifting a finger!

Again, you’ll have to check in with the neighborhood to see if there are any hours where maintenance is prohibited. Also, your neighborhood might already have a maintenance crew so, in that case, you wouldn’t have to worry about hiring a third-party service.

If you want, you can also watch the workers maintain your garden for the first few weeks so that they are taking care of your garden in the way you envisioned. If you choose to maintain your own garden instead, it’s a great way to meditate and take some time to yourself once a day when you go outside to check on your plants.

Having the perfect garden doesn’t have to be a hassle, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming, and it doesn’t have to be an impossible task. You can have an effortlessly beautiful garden with a little planning and a little help.

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Danuta Smoluk is a teacher with over three decades of experience teaching both children and adults. She specializes in teaching the Polish language to English-speakers. She has a master's degree in primary and early childhood education from WSP Słupsk (currently Pomeranian University in Słupsk) and had her degree validated by University of Toronto. Aside from education, she also has an interest in real estate and home improvement. She has planned and supervised many house renovations. She loves interior design, cooking, and gardening.

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