Landscaping and Sustainable Gardening Tips

Landscape

A well landscaped garden can make the difference between an aesthetically pleasing home brimming with curb appeal and one that looks like it’s been let run wild. It can also save you money in the long run by working with a budget, planning for the future and can also require less maintenance.

Here are some tips to help you create a beautiful garden space that you’ll want to spend all your sunny days in.

Landscaping Tips

Start With a Plan

Most of the best designs always start with a plan. Map out your yard for visualization. Work out your budget and then start in small sections at a time.

Use a Tarp

This is useful for moving lightweight, messy debris such as leaves, weeds, branches etc.

Get Edgy

Adding a natural edge around plant beds will give your garden a professional, finished look. Natural edges can be made of any small, low-growing bushy plant. Another natural way to create an edge around your garden is to use stonework instead of metal or plastic.

natural garden edge

Add Starter Fertilizer

Good starter fertilizer combined with good planting techniques is almost a surefire way to success for a happy, beautiful garden. Look for a starter fertilizer with low nitrogen, a bit of phosphorous and mycorrhizae-beneficial fungi. This will help to increase the soil area from which the plant roots are able to draw nutrients.

Amalgamate Annuals

Planting annuals together in pots or beds in highly visible locations can make for a stunning pop of seasonal colour. Planting them together in specific areas, can save you money in the long run, as re-planting new ones throughout your entire landscape each year can get quite costly.

Keep the Leaves

A common mistake is to bag up autumn leaves and send them to landfill. However, fallen leaves make for excellent, natural fertilizer! Mowing the leaves into the lawn, bag and grind them up or add them to a compost pile. You can then till them into your garden before planting winter cover crops, or if you're not planting a winter cover, the leaves can be used to cover your garden to help keep it warm and supply it with nutrients over the winter months.

Mulch Grass Clippings

Similar to keeping the leaves, rather than bagging and tossing grass clippings, use a mulching mower over your lawn. This can help reduce the need for fertilizer by 20%

Get more landscape tips from: HGTV Growing 101

Sustainable Gardens

Speaking of landscaping, one of the best ways to ensure you create a low-maintenance, low-impact yard, is to plant sustainably.

What does this mean?

It means to opt out of having a water-thirsty lawn and replacing it with well laid out plants that compliment each other's growth, are natural to the environment and are rugged enough to grow on their own. It also means employing tips like mulching and composting dead bits like leaves and grass etc to use as natural fertilizer.

Community Gardens

As our community grows, the spaces we have to live in shrink. With many people downsizing into smaller condos, some of use find we don’t have the space for a garden. Fortunately, there are many community gardens around Victoria that you can get active in to fulfill your love of gardening.

Here you will find a list of several community gardens in Victoria and how to join them: Join a Community Garden in Victoria