There’s no better way of adding aesthetics and a look of class to your home than with a well-maintained garden.
However, maintaining a garden is not as simple as it may appear.
Whilst we all enjoy the beautiful views and displays of a well-maintained garden, there are more underlying steps to ensure a garden stays tidy and well-manicured.
Below, we’ve outlined a detailed guide to a tidy garden.
Follow these steps and your garden will always be an eye-catcher!
Remember that different gardens have different requirements.
Depending on the size, design, and even the plants, some gardens need more work than others.
So before you proceed to tidy up your garden, list down what exactly it is that you want to achieve.
Whether you are sprucing up the garden after the cold season or tidying up a fairly new garden.
Making a list allows you to be aware of all the tasks that need to be done and prevents you from forgetting to do them.
Think of what the end game should be – do you want a more attractive garden, do you want to have more plants or do you want it to also be an outdoor space you and your family can hang out in?
Prioritizing your tasks during gardening tidy ups is important.
This is because not all the tasks can be done on any day of the year.
Some tasks may be limited by sunlight, rain, or even the cold season.
So after listing your tasks, the next thing to figure out is prioritization.
If you want to have new plants, for example, read the seed package for timing guidance.
If you want to prune your plant, you should consider what type it is, although most plants can be pruned throughout the year.
Arrange The Garden Layout
In addition to planning and prioritizing, some tasks need physical evaluation before partaking them.
Planning your garden layout is one of them.
This is because for a successful garden tidy up, you must ensure that everything is placed where it should be.
Therefore, it isn’t a bad idea to have a rough sketch of the garden layout you wish to have.
Consider the conditions and arrangements.
Think of issues such as where the sunlight will hit the most and which plant to place in that area.
What to add to the soil to ensure growth and sustenance.
Is the garden simply going to be for aesthetics purpose or also entertainment or hosting space?
Garden Prep And Tidy Up
And before you embark on tidying up and enhancing your garden, you should also follow the three key steps to ensure success.
These three physical steps can be denoted as ACE.
ACE translates to assessing the garden, cleaning up the garden, and enhancing the garden.
Asses The Garden
The assessment step includes finding a focus area, flaws, and attraction points.
The focus area relates to your overall purpose.
For example, if you plan to use the garden as hosting space, then you want to focus on picking an area where your guest will spend more time.
Pick a well-ventilated and shady spot so even on a sunny day, you will not experience any hiccups.
Then, look for any flaws that this spot may have.
Is there a beehive?
Are there tall weeds?
Do tree branches protrude too much?
Identifying these problems allows you to plan for how you will address them.
You should also focus on the décor – in this case, the flowers for the garden.
Since this will be the hosting space, you want it to be decorative with good photo-taking backgrounds.
Thus, you need to ensure you have flowers.
If it’s an existing garden, focus on an area that already has flowers such as the part of the garden with tulip beds or jasmine shrubs.
Clean Up The Garden
The next step is to clean up the garden by addressing the flaws you identified.
You can do so by pruning out dead branches and removing dead plants and roots.
Doing so eventually helps to make the garden look fresh.
Next, tend to the garden by mowing, trimming, and edging.
This will give the garden a crisp new look.
Move on to remove visual distractions such as deadhead spent flowers, flopping stems, and unkempt perennial leaves that may deter one’s attention.
Pull out interlopers such as weeds, especially those that have grown on to the paved area.
After doing so, clean up the surrounding areas such as the patio or paved surface by sweeping and sucking up or blowing off dead plants or leaves that have extended over to these areas.
Enhance Your Garden
This is the final task you should partake.
You want to enhance your garden based on your sketched layout so it can have an eye-catching finish.
Whilst you want all your plants to be healthy-looking, the key to a tidy looking garden is the illusion you create.
Thus, how you enhance the garden will determine its overall look.
For example, if you plan on using the garden as a hosting space for parties or gatherings, you want it to be attractive from afar.
When a guest is standing at the patio or back door, they should be drawn at first sight.
To help create this illusion, learn to play with colors.
You can play with colors through the flowers you plant around the garden, be it orchids, roses or tulips.
In addition to the color, have flowers that bloom differently for a more sophisticated look.
If you have a large space, you can even craft a natural entrance for the garden so that it welcomes you to a magical interior.
Have a fresh combination of different plants and flowers at the entry to hint your guests on what they will experience inside the garden.
Doing so creates a sense of excitement and mystery for your guests.
And if time is not on your side, you can merge the old with the new.
Add a fresh thin layer of new flowers or plants – enough to effectively cover the old ones.
You can also design DIY containers and pots as they decrease clutter and make the garden look tidier.