Congratulations on your new garden!
As a homeowner, it’s essential for the value of your property to maintain your outdoor space to make it an enjoyable and attractive area for you and your family.
However, when you have just gotten a new home, it can be intimidating to know where to begin, particularly if you are moving into a home that has previous owners who left the garden in a bit of a mess.
So, here are five things you should consider doing in your new garden when you have bought a new home.
Plan Your Garden
Before you start planting or learning how to look after your lawn, it’s crucial to have a plan in place. Determine the purpose of your garden, such as growing fresh produce, creating a relaxing retreat, or providing a play area for children. Or are you looking for a place to entertain guests? Consider the type of plants and flowers that will thrive in your local climate and soil conditions. Determine where you want to place different features, such as seating areas, paths, and flower beds. This will help you to create a cohesive and functional garden design.
This will also help you determine the best options for planting, such as pots, raised beds, or even trellises.
The health of your plants is going to be heavily reliant on the quality of the soil they are planted in. Take time to test the soil for pH levels and nutrient content. If necessary, you will need to amend the soil with organic matter. The best options are compost, manure, or peat moss to improve the quality of the ground. This will provide a strong foundation for healthy plant growth.
Watering and Irrigation
Proper watering is essential for plant growth and survival.
You will need to determine the best watering schedule for your plants and consider installing an irrigation system if your garden is enormous. An irrigation system will help to ensure that your plants will receive the right amount of water for them to thrive at the right time per day, thus reducing the risk of over or under-watering.
Regular maintenance is necessary to keep your garden looking its best. This includes removing weeds, deadheading flowers, pruning trees and shrubs, and trimming grass. Regular maintenance will not only improve the appearance of your garden but also promote healthy plant growth.
Pest and Disease Control
Pests and diseases can quickly destroy your garden, so it’s essential to be proactive in preventing and controlling them. Use natural methods such as companion planting, introducing beneficial insects, and using organic pest control products to minimize the use of chemicals in your garden. You will need to regularly inspect your plants for signs of pests and diseases and act quickly to prevent them from spreading.
If you have a recurring issue with pests in your yard, it may be best to invest in a greenhouse or polytunnel until your plants make a full recovery, especially if you are looking to plant fruit and veg.