Your first garden: a beginner’s guide

by zoe | 06.02.2014 | garden , home , new , old | 0 comments | Rating: 3 votes

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Gardens, like children, should really come with a how-to guide.

So you’ve bought a new house, and it comes with a garden. A wild, weedy garden, full of plants that you don’t recognise or know what to do with. Don’t panic! The good news is that if you really don’t have time, most of the plants will last a couple of seasons while you unpack and renovate. When you do want to tackle your suburban jungle, here’s our emergency to-do list.

  1. Maintain the lawn

The number one trick to making your garden look better and increase your chances of getting into it is to tend to your lawn. In general, you won’t have to do much more than to mow regularly (the longer you allow the grass to grow, the bigger a challenge it is to cut) and to use an iron fertiliser in Spring. If you’re unlucky, you may also have to deal with the two main enemies of the perfect lawn: moss and moles.

  1. Trim the hedge

A scruffy hedge (literally) overshadows your whole garden so it’s important to fertilise and trim your hedge in spring and trim again in mid-summer to keep it tidy. Trimming the hedge will also prevent complaints from neighbours and passers-by, which is probably a good start to life in a new neighbourhood! Evergreen hedges offer the screen throughout the whole year so some of the most common types are privet, laurel, and cypress.

  1. Get to know your garden

Check what you’ve already got in the garden. It’s likely that you might have some popular plants like:

  1. Make your own mark!

Once you’ve identified which plants are already in your garden, look at where there are bare patches or the planting pattern is a bit dull. Look for inspiration for new plants to add to the garden and start to make your own mark.

  1. Garden waste

Don’t forget to dispose of garden waste responsibly. For a small garden, the kerb collection for bio-degradable waste might suffice. Larger waste can be burned on a bonfire or composted.

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