From amateur gardener, to full on pro, it’s not hard to achieve. Gardening is one of the most therapeutic things you can do, a lot of people always comment that. Once you get into it, we know you’re going to have such a bug for it. But getting into it is what people always seem to struggle with. As life passes you by, the last thing you’re going to make time for is a few hours a week in the garden. But is a few hours a week in the garden as bad as it might seem? No, it isn’t. As the weather just seems to be getting nicer and nicer, there’s no time like the present to get out in the garden and do something different. But if you feel as though you’re a bit of an amateur at the minute, then there’s no need to panic. Learning how to take your gardening skills up a level isn’t hard, all you have to do is be invested in what you want to do! So, without further ado, here’s how you can take your gardening skills up a level.
Master The Basics
You’re never going to be able to take your gardening skills up a level, if you’ve haven’t actually made it to the first level yet. So many people struggle with the concept of gardening, and what’s actually needed to maintain a nice garden. So first of all, you need to think about the grass. It’s such a simple thing, but think how many houses you drive past that have their grass either dying, overgrown or patchy. It’s a bit of putting, especially when you drive past those homes with the crisp green grass that just looks so lush.
So, the first step is to make sure you’re getting out that lawn mower twice a month. Every two weeks is perfect, it just helps to keep it nice and neat. If you’re struggling with patches on your grass, then your dog is probably the answer if you have one. Try and keep them off it as much as possible, and use a lawn fertiliser. If you want to go extra special, you can always get lawn treatment that is specifically designed to get rid of those patches that are caused by the urine of pets.
Secondly, you need to focus on the maintenance of your plants and flowers, and if you have none, it’s time to get some. The most basic garden should have a mixture of lovely plants and flowers that display all sorts of colours. We’re not going to tell you what colours or plants you should have, it’s up to you what you chose. But here is a guide to some of the best, and we definitely think you’ll love some of the ones that we’ve listed.
Once decided, you just need to make sure you’ve got a nice little area to plant, and you need to make sure you’re not overcrowding the space that you’re trying to fill. Give each plant or flower plenty of room to be able to grow, and they will grow into some of the most beautiful flowers and plants you’ve ever seen. Then, it’s just about simple maintenance. Making sure that you’re watering the plants every day or two if you’re not getting sufficient rainfall, and making sure that you’re using a plant fertiliser so that they grow big and strong.
Make It Therapeutic
It’s not hard to make gardening therapeutic, yet some people see it as a stress. Once you get going with your garden, it’s going to be hard to fight the urge to maintain it, which is what a lot of people struggle with. If you make it therapeutic for yourself, then moving onto all of the better gardening skills you can have is going to be so much easier. So, the best way to make it therapeutic is to chose your time in the garden wisely.
If you’re going out during a day that is slightly cold, cloudy, and just miserable, then you’re just not going to have any fun. But if you go when the sun is shining bright, and the weather feels warm, then you’re obviously going to enjoy it more. Plus, the vitamin D that you’ll get from the sun is proven to help with things such as depression, and is proven to lighten your mood. So maybe utilise your garden workshop at this time as well.
It’s best to go out and do the gardening whenever you feel stressed, or as though you’re in a situation with a lot of pressure. It gives you a little bit of a release, and gives you something that should help take your mind off of whatever is causing you a bit of stress.
Go Big Or Go Home
So, now we’re going to talk to you about the things you can do that will definitely take your gardening skills up a level. We’re only going to talk about two, and they both might set you back a little in the finances department. However, if you’re going to go big, there’s a price you’re going to have to pay. So, one of the things that we think you might like is a little pond feature in your garden. Learning how to build a pond is the first step, and it might not be as easy as you may think. For one, you need to make sure that you have suitable space to do it.
You don’t want to fill a small garden with a big pond! The next thing you need to make sure of is that you’re actually going to be able to maintain the pond. It isn’t just something pretty to look at! Finally, you need to make sure that it’s safe to have in your garden. If you have grandchildren or children running around all of the time, without having some form of protective fencing around it, there’s always the risk of drowning.
Once you’ve got the logistics sorted, you need to focus on actually building it. Following guides like the one we have linked to above is going to help. If you do find that’s not going well, there’s no harm in calling in a professional. The second big thing that you could do for your garden is build yourself a little outhouse. What you put in it is up to you, but if you get it close to some form of electrics, you’re onto a winner.
Building one is probably not going to be as hard to understand as a pond would be. If you want our advice, we think you should build one to house a hot tub. Having an summer house with a hot tub in makes it feel as though you’re in an actual spa, and it just takes the relaxation levels through the roof. You could of course use it for something else, such as a home gym, log cabin or a office.
Learn The Long Road
Learning the long road is something you’re definitely going to have to do. As we’ve talked about in the basics part of this article, a garden is all about maintenance. Plus, if you want to achieve the perfect garden, it’s going to take a little more time than you might think. You’ll have to make constant changes to what you’re doing there, as something new might always catch your eye.
If you want it to stay healthy and pretty, you’re probably going to find yourself out in the garden once or twice a week. Which when you think about it, it really isn’t that bad! You’re also going to have to take the long road when it comes to the different seasons. For example, when winter comes along, half of the things that you have planted, and have worked so hard to make look so nice, is just going to die off anyway.
You’ll have to suffer through winter, watching the garden that you love so much turn to nothing. Then, come the spring, you start the process all over again. The majority of your plants should have survived the winter, it’s all about getting them back to life again with a little bit of TLC. Some might never sprout again, which is when the work of having to uproot and replant begins. However, after a month or so, you will start to see the garden that you love so much spring back to life again!
Take Some Inspiration
Just like you would with interior design and what not, you should take some inspiration from social media pages and the internet. If you scroll through gardening pages on Instagram, you will see some truly amazing pieces of landscape, some of which you can take ideas from. You can also try gardening websites on the internet, and even have a look if there are any gardening TV shows that you might benefit from having a watch of. Sometimes you just need to see something else to know what you want your garden to look like!
Hopefully after reading this you will have a little more confidence that you can take your gardening skills up a level. It really isn’t as hard as you might think!