Guest writer Chrissy Ronje
The Grounds Guys LLC
Whether you love to cook with your own fresh herbs and vegetables or are seeking a new hobby, adding a garden to your lawn can be simple and easy. Follow these eight steps to a new garden.
- Mark it Out – Mark the edges with a line of sand or flour once you have the perfect shape. Don’t be afraid to give it a fun shape with flowing curves or use it to echo the lines of your house.
- Get Rid of Grass – Dig up grass with a spade or sod cutter. Another option is to mow the area as low as you can then cover it with several-sheet-thick layers of newspaper and several inches of soil or compost. After a few months the grass will die and you will be ready to begin planting your garden.
- Dig it Up – Dig up or till your new garden. Remove any rocks, roots or other debris. If you have poor soil, now is the time to incorporate organic matter such as compost.
- Edge the Bed – Good edging keeps the lawn from creeping into your garden. A trench about eight inches deep and a couple of inches wide will stop even the worst invaders from crossing over. Another alternative is to add edging material around the perimeter of your garden.
- Site Your Plants – Placing your plants in the garden area before planting allows you to get the spacing correct and will help ensure your plants have good juxtaposition and cohesiveness together.
- Get Planting – Once you have placed your plants where you want them, begin planting them. A simple tip is to loosen or tease the plants’ roots prior to planting them, especially if they are root bound.
- Spread Mulch – Other than amending soil, one of the best things you can do to keep your garden healthy and low-maintenance is to spread mulch. A two-inch deep layer of mulch will help stop weeds and help your soil conserve moisture during times of drought.
- Water it in – Once planted and mulched give your plants a good soaking. Take note if your mulch is dry. It may absorb water before your plants can. Be sure to soak dry mulch well to ensure your plants are getting enough moisture.
Check out this post where we followed the above steps and it turned out beautiful! Feel free to ask some questions and the experts will give you their two cents!