Why Your Garden is not Reaching its Potential

Gardens are a wonderful addition to any property, be it a home, business, or on the sidewalks in the middle of town. It can add color to accentuate the surroundings, act as an oasis for people who pass through or even serve as a source of fruits and vegetables to feed the family and their guests.

But developing a thriving garden takes a lot of work and knowledge. You cannot just put some plants into the ground, hope for the best, and expect perfect results. You have to prepare the area and protect the plants as they mature by fostering a healthy environment.

You may have a garden right now that is not reaching its potential for one reason or another. Here are a few suggestions that will help you turn your garden into the perfect paradise, whether it is a personal garden in your yard or a public one outside a business that you own.

Design it with a Purpose

Gardens that are not reaching their potential may be falling short because of a lack of planning. Maybe some flowers or shrubs were planted willy-nilly with no thought for design or purpose to the overall layout.

Making a plan for your garden’s design is a crucial step that you cannot afford to skip. Is the location optimal for the look you want to create? How will you measure out the space required? Where will the plants be located to allow space for root development for all of them? What are the various plants’ needs for sunshine and shade and will that work where you are planning to put the garden? Answering these questions ahead of time could determine if your garden will thrive and reach the level you hope for.

Are the Ingredients for Growth Present?

Plants require the right ingredients to grow to their potential, and they get energy from various sources. The soil must be healthy and full of nutrients that foster growth, as well as conditions that will allow for roots to develop and branch out. Plants also need the right amount of water for the roots to absorb, but many of them need different amounts. If you are overwatering or underwatering them, they will not reach their full potential. Sunshine is also key for plant growth, with some thriving in the shade and others needing a full day of exposure. If they are not receiving the optimum amounts of sun and shade, they will not be able to grow.

Weed Prevention and Management

Weeds are the ultimate killer of gardens everywhere. Their roots can choke out or limit the root systems of plants around them, plus they can ruin the aesthetics of the garden. Keeping up with removing weeds, or preventing them in the first place will be the keys to a thriving garden.

Weed prevention practices can limit the negative effects that these growths will have on your plants. When digging up the soil for the garden, you can lay a base of weed fabric below the layers of soil to limit the spread of weeds while still allowing for water absorption in the soil. Additionally, mulch is a great way to lock in moisture and prevent more weed growth, so search for mulch near you to give your garden a better chance of success against these plant-killers. Keep up with manual weeding and try to pull out the entire plant, including the roots, when clearing your garden. If the roots are left in place, the weed will just grow back again.

What Additional Features can You Add?

A garden is not just about the plants and other organic aspects, but the inorganic as well. Could pavers create a more distinct border between the yard and the garden that is aesthetically pleasing? Is there a small statue or fountain that you could add that will enhance the feeling of an oasis? Could you include a cleared area with some patio furniture for people to relax and truly immerse themselves in the natural surroundings? “Hardscaping,” which refers to these types of landscaping features that are not natural, can help your garden reach its full potential.

Your Garden can be a Paradise

Maybe you have neglected the garden that you have or you have simply never thought about how you could improve it. In doing so, you could be missing out on creating a beautiful feature for your home or business that makes people stop and stare in awe. You could even make it into a more private space in the backyard for your family to enjoy.

The point is that there are so many possibilities for how to turn your garden into a paradise that you love to look at, tend to, and spend time in. Consider why your garden is not reaching its potential and how you can take action to make it an oasis that reflects your tastes.

Bella Duckworth

“Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space… On the one hand, it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.” – Zaha Hadid
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