There is no doubt that a fully landscaped garden will increase the value of your property. Now this doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money and the more you can DIY the more you can save. Obviously, there will be aspects of your garden design that you will need help with and finding the right person for the job is imperative.
The expertise service of a qualified Landscaper is invaluable and while planting plants and mulching is child’s play, laying areas of paving or constructing a retaining wall is an altogether different thing. If you are planning to give it a go, always check with your local council for approval requirements on retaining walls and remember a small amount of research could save you time and money.
Choosing the right plant selection is difficult let alone how to combine them. With EZYplant’s Online Garden Bed Plans, you can choose from a range of professionally designed garden bed plans that work with your landscape design & budget. Our plans show you the right plants for your region, how many plants you will require and where to plant them within the garden bed area. It really is that easy! Whether you choose to plant them yourself or have the landscaper complete that component of work for you too, you can rest assured you have the right plants for your garden position.
If you have the space, remember to incorporate outdoor furniture into your garden design. Given our beautiful Spring and Summer nights, it’s really special to be able to entertain under the stars. But really your garden design can be as complex as you want it to be, it really depends on your budget but remember to source the right people for the components you’re not experienced in.
If you find the whole process a little daunting then contact us and we can point you in the right direction.
On a tight budget but you want to get started? Then layout your design and get the plants in the ground so they can start growing.
Consider defining your garden beds by digging a “V” channel around the perimeter of the garden bed. You will need to mark out the garden bed on the ground with ground paint (available at your local hardware) or you can use the garden hose as a guide for digging. The “V” channel will give you an edge to whipper snip and the mulch will sit in the bottom of the “V’ channel retaining it perfectly. It’s a great way to get started & your chosen edging can be installed when finances allow.
Using a flat nosed shovel, place on your marking and dig into the soil on an angle towards the inside of the garden bed to a depth of about 15cm. Do this all the way around the perimeter of your garden bed. Now step inside the garden bed and place your shovel about 10cm away from your first cut. Dig into the soil on enough of an angle to meet up with the bottom of your first cut. Make your way around the perimeter ensuring that you maintain your 10cm spacing and remove the “V” section of soil as you go. This can be discarded, used as fill in another part of the garden or composted.
Once your edging is in place, whether it is a “V” channel, continuous concrete or otherwise, some people may choose to poison the turf located in the garden bed area or you could cut the grass as low as possible, plant your plants, mulch and then spray any grass that makes its way through. Once you are confident the grass is under control, apply a layer of Pine Bark or Chip to the top of the mulch layer to ensure you keep the weeds under control.
It’s important to consider drainage issues and whether you would be better to install raised garden beds by importing soil to build up your beds. This may be the difference between plants surviving or not next time we get a lot of rain. By adding soil to the centre of the bed it not only provides much needed drainage but also definition and it will add interest to the garden bed overall.
For most people, the most important part of establishing a new garden is getting the plants into the ground for their speedy establishment, so this method of providing a temporary garden edge is a great way to get started.