Are you thinking of landscaping your garden or yard, to create a more pleasant outside space? You might think it will cost you too much money. But there’s a lot you can achieve without needing to pay out for professional landscaping services.
This quick and simple guide will offer some pointers to the garden jobs you can do yourself.
Designing a layout
So, you might be thinking that you need a garden designer to come up with a plan for your patch. But unlike with interiors, a rough sketch is probably all you need.
When planning, there are tricks to making a garden look bigger. Adding tall plants, mirrors and creating a winding path are just a few affordable ideas you could incorporate.
Check where the sun hits your garden and where it doesn’t, as this will give you a good idea of where to put your plants.
Laying a patio
Installing a patio is another job that people assume you need a professional for. But this is something that can be done by a competent DIY enthusiast.
You will need some tools for the work. If you don’t own many tools, it might be worth checking to see if your neighbors do. This will save you buying a whole host of tools that you’re only likely to use once. There are plenty of free resources to help you learn how to lay a patio, so do a bit of research first.
Setting up a pond
A pond is something that seems difficult to get right, but unless you’re planning to keep prized fish it’s not that big a deal.
Your local garden or DIY center can give you some advice on what you’ll require, but you don’t need to start with anything fancy. The main thing is to pick the right spot to dig your pond out. A sunny spot, not too near trees or established shrubs is ideal.
Creating raised beds
Creating raised beds is surprisingly easy. You can create raised beds and borders with just a few planks of wood fixed together. You may use reclaimed wood, although you should check it hasn’t previously been treated with any harmful chemicals.
You will probably need to add some top soil to your beds and you’ll need to make sure there’s suitable drainage so plants don’t become water-logged. If you’re placing your beds on soil, that should be fine. But if it’s on hard ground, you may need to add a base layer of material that drains well, before you add the soil. Stones and gravel are great for this.