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Do you want your garden to look it’s best all year around and for many years to come? Here are five simple garden mistakes you want to stay clear of that could save you time and money. Here is what not to do when you renovate your garden:
Planting Before Installing the Water Tank
Always consider where you are going to position your water tank in the planning stage of your reno. By deciding this first you can position plants in the garden by their water needs, for example, sturdy natives can be furthest from the tank while a veggie patch should be closest.
Leaving Lighting and Irrigation As An After Thought
It is all about planning. Before you begin renovating your garden consider if you will want lighting and/or an irrigation system. If you think you might like outdoor lighting or an irrigation system at some point, don’t wait till after you have planted your garden to decide which one is best suited to your garden. Doing your research first will prevent you having to dig up the garden to install wires or pipes. Also be sure to consider tap placement for easy access for your irrigation.
Not Taking Maintenance into Consideration
It is easy to forget about how you’re going to move a wheelbarrow or lawnmower around your yard. Steps and narrow paths can look beautiful and seem simple when you’re walking, but make normally easy jobs a lot more difficult. If you have a steeper block it is hard to avoid steps, but if you make sure the gradient isn’t too steep to will be easier to move large loads. Also consider if your footpaths are wide enough to accommodate for a wide load if necessary.
Choosing The Wrong Ground Cover
While rocks do make a beautiful feature as ground cover, it is important to consider if the rocks you choose will be appropriate for your garden. During the day, rocks can become quite hot and radiate that heat, causing the surrounding plants and soil to dry out. Large rocks will also restrict your plants from growing. When choosing rocks for your ground cover, ensure you consider what best suits your plants growth requirements and fertilise regularly as organic matter will be blocked from returning to the soil.
Forgetting Your Fertiliser
We need to give our plants a helping hand sometimes – fertiliser will ensure your plants are healthy and look their best. When using fertiliser be sure to follow the packaging instructions and choose a fertiliser that suits your plants.