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Old 12-28-2008, 11:41 AM   #1
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Planning a garden tips


I was just thinking over some gardening ideas. Please feel free to add your own.

In terms of planning a garden, there are:
1.)edging gardens around paths and entrances
2.)patch gardens which highlight a specific area
3.)full blown whole yard gardens

First:
Plan the pathways layout.
-You'll need to drag the hose around, or put in underground irrigation first.
Outside areas like the a/c, drains, etc... need to be accesable. Don't be afraid to dig everything up and start from scratch.

-Curved pathways will soften up a too-squarish house, but make 3 to 5 different layout drawings first to see what looks good, and get the advice of others. Depending on the style, a house sometimes looks better with a straight path and symetrical layout.

-Small accent trees fill in areas which feel too "open", and provide spring/fall color. I like the idea of breaking up open spaces so as you walk through there are new discoverys, and the yard feels bigger.

Look at the plant specs.

-Tall ones in back, groundcover in front, shade lovers in the shade, etc... Clumps of different flowers usually look better than rows. Combine shapes and colors.

-Plant them for how they will look 2 years from now, not how they look now.

-Use colors which either accent or diffrientiate the house, and plan for something blooming throughout the year.


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