The Basics of Garden Layouts
You might have heard sayings about failing to plan always end up failing in a project that is why when it comes to gardening you need to plan out what you want to do. If you are planning on becoming a gardener yourself it is important that you have a plan of attack with regards to your yard. Otherwise you will end up producing too little or too much or that you will end up with plenty of problems to deal with.
Garden layouts shouldn’t be considered as a chore otherwise you’ll end up botching up your plans. You should treat it with respect to what you have done with the past, what you have today, and what you want to see in the future. This way, you will be able to come up with a smart plan that is free from your usual problems like before.
What to Consider
There are many things to consider when it comes to making a layout of a garden. Among these are determining the types of plants you have successfully grown the year before, what goals you have in mind, and of course, your budget.
Another thing that you should keep in mind when it comes to planning is that you shouldn’t limit yourself to the design that you are used to. Although traditional garden designs are beautiful to look at and are considered to be timeless pieces, you still need to add your own personal touch to your space to make it more endearing.
If you really want to make a big impact with it, why not have a journal for it? In this journal, you can write down the history of it such as the time you planted your first seeds, how long it took you to achieve full bloom and of course the individuals who contributed to the growth of it. This journal can become a centerpiece in your own home where guests and other family members can read about the life of it.
Once you have jot down the details, part of planning is to assess how much you will use in it. Consider the type you will be making, how many people you want to feed, how you will utilize the space, who will benefit from it and so on and so forth. With these factors, you will be able to come up with an effective garden planning that will be beneficial to everyone.
Layouts aren’t limited to the plants you will be sowing or even the types of décor you will be positioning around the yard. You can include other structures such as your deck or backyard shed to make your yard become more functional. Planning it isn’t just for beauty’s sake only but also how to make it more convenient for you and the rest of the family.
Anyone can create their own design. With some creativity on your part and a bit of planning, you will be able to uplift the look of your yard in no time. You might be surprised on how your yard will turn out with the right planning on your part. If you want to get the best result, you can always seek the expertise of professional landscapers for your needs.
Building garden paths and walkways
Garden paths and walkways are designed to allow you and your guests to explore the beauty of your garden any time. When placed in the nursery, these paths will lead you and anyone who drops by for a visit a trip down the beautiful landscape that you have. Adding pathways can give you the freedom to direct traffic so anyone who wants to take a look at your yard can be lead to the best scenes while at the same time stop and enjoy a bloom or two. They are not limited to the garden alone but it can be placed in other areas such as towards your small shed.
You might have noticed that your nursery has a natural path. Or perhaps you have seen some areas in the yard where there are bald patches caused by the usual traffic of humans and pets. If this is the case, placing it on them can help make your yard more beautiful.
Making it look nice
Many homeowners are wondering how to make it on their own. Well, this kind of project is not that hard to do. As a matter of fact, you can finish installing your new paths in just a few hours depending on the materials that you will be using and the size of the pathway that you will be building.
Like it was mentioned before, you can use different kinds of materials when building them but first you need to prepare the area where you will be placing them. If you are simply installing a pathway for foot traffic only you should dig up to four inches at least so you can install the base of your path. On the other hand, if you are thinking of driving your vehicle over it, you should dig more. It is important to make sure that the path is level and firm before adding your final touches.
For walkways and nursery paths that are made with stones or paver using sand as their base is recommended. If you want to use cement keep in mind that this will take more preparations on your end. Paver pathways can be placed in any way you like over its sand base. Once you have finished placing the pavers you can then cover them with sand. Use fine sand for this project so you can sweep them to fill the cracks in between the pavers. Water the sand before tamping them down using your broom. Repeat this process until your pathway is covered and packed. The combination of sand and water can harden and give your pathway a gorgeous look.
The sand you used to fill up the space between the pavers or stones can last for several years or more. However, you might be dealing with weeds at one point which won’t be too tough to handle since you can pull them out or use a weed killer for it. You can add more sand to your pathway if you want.
If you have a vegetable garden it is recommended that you use bark or gravel for it. Follow the steps mentioned above to build your new paths. It would be better if you add some sort of edging to your pathway to make them more striking. After placing your edging, you can then add either bark or gravel. These two have their own advantages and disadvantages. For bark, since it is an organic material it will most likely break down faster than gravel which means you will need to replace them every now and then. On the other hand, if you will go with gravel it can be a problem for the mower since the gravel can get stuck between the blades.
Adding a Cute Small Shed
No garden is ever complete without a small cute looking shed on hand. Keeping it looking its best requires care and maintenance and the only way to do this is to make sure that your tools are on hand. Since most of your outdoor tools can deteriorate when exposed to the elements keeping them in a small shed is highly advisable. Now if you truly want to bring out the best in your yard, adding walkways or garden paths that will direct you to or around the shed is recommended.