There are many ways to keep track of what’s growing in your garden. One way is by labeling plants. You can also place wooden stakes near them to make it easy to look up information on them. Another way is to keep a journal. You can write down the names of plants and the layout of the garden so you can look up information later.
There are many different ways to design a garden. While you can design the layout on your own, it can be helpful to hire a professional. Professional garden designers are trained in landscape architecture and design principles. They also have knowledge of plant types and their growth habits. Some landscape architects also hold an occupational license. These professionals are also capable of designing and planning a garden that is both beautiful and functional.
Depending on the type of garden you are growing, there are several ways to control pests. You can choose plants that are resistant to pests and diseases. In addition to that, you can use plant deterrents to deter certain insects. If you live in a deer-prone area, you may want to consider deer-resistant plants. You can also install rabbit-proof fences to deter rabbits from eating your plants. However, you must keep in mind that some plants are naturally pest-resistant, and others are not. The goal is to maintain a balance for a healthy garden.
You can also try using landscape fabric. This type of fabric blocks the sunlight needed for weed seed germination. It’s also an excellent way to keep weeds out of your garden, since it’s porous. Landscape fabric can also keep other plants out of your new garden bed, such as grass. You can cover this type of fabric with mulch to keep them from taking root.
Adding organic matter to your garden is an excellent way to improve soil fertility and structure. It also improves the water-holding capacity of your soil. To make sure that your garden is fertile, you can test the soil with a soil sample. However, you should do this well in advance, so you can reap maximum benefits from your garden the following year.
Composting is another easy way to improve the soil in your garden. It doesn’t require fancy bins; you just need to add layers of organic matter. Once the materials are layered, the natural organisms will break down the organic matter into an effective soil additive. Before planting, be sure to study the soil’s nutrient levels and make sure to add compost.
Another way to improve your garden is to add a seating area. The best place for this is near your home, facing south or west. You may also want to build storage space, especially if you have kids. A shed is also a good idea if you’re a serious gardener.