Why revive your garden? Every product has a life cycle and so does your garden. Just as styles change, so does your garden change.
- Trees get bigger taking more nourishment out of the soil around them.
- Sunny spots turn to shady spots.
- Overcrowding suffocates new plant growth.
- Children grow up and no longer need their sand pit.
You get the picture, your garden is a living creation and from time to time welcomes reviving – a refreshing new look!
Your garden should blend with your home architecture and be practical for whatever purpose you design your garden for. Meaning that if the garden serves as a getaway from daily stresses, garden features that promote serenity and security should be incorporated from the design stage.
What’s the style and look you’re wanting? Would you like something modern or something minimal and manageable? Choosing a style and/or theme beforehand will help you work around ideas for the features the garden will need.
How to go about reviving your garden
It’s a good idea to have an outsider’s opinion as you need to explore what is available, manageable and most of all practical for your outdoor space. Careful thought and assessment of your primary needs for a garden will assist in the planning and design process.
The weather always comes into play when designing gardens …
- is the garden covered or uncovered?
- is there enough sunlight filtering through?
- how often will you need to water the plants?
It’s best to choose plants that can survive in any of the settings that you choose for your garden. Some plants can’t do well in shade; some need regular irrigation to survive; some die with too much of water or shade.
Indigenous plants and trees are ideal to keep life in your garden. They thrive better than other plants, as they are in their natural habitat and extremely low maintenance.
How to revive garden soil
Soil preparation is one of the most important steps in growing a healthy and productive garden. Soil is the key to gardening, and the plants you grow will only be as healthy as the soil they are grown in.
The first step in preparing any soil is to know what you are working with – clay, loam, sand, silt, or a combination of one or more of these types of soil. One of the most overlooked parts of a soil is the pH level. This is the degree of acidity or alkalinity of the soil. Alwyn, the horticulturist at Gardens in Wonderland, is your qualified contact for advice on soil structure and revival.
Plant life and seeds both need oxygen to survive, and the only way they can get this is with a soil that has a healthy structure. A good soil structure is one that will retain moisture and nutrients whilst draining well at the same time.
Correcting soil with organic matter will greatly improve its structure and create an environment that will greatly benefit the microorganisms that live under the surface of your garden. Compost is the best way of feeding your plants and is the ideal way of recycling. It is one way we can contribute to helping the environment. All you need is a little corner somewhere to put your compost.
Your soil needs to be attended to before you start any type of planting. Once seeds or any type of plant life has been planted in your garden, there is little you can do to improve the soil structure.
Garden Revive versus New Garden
As tempting as it is to tear down everything and design from scratch, the idea of working with what is already available should not be totally discarded. It not only saves time and cost, the old garden can be used as a foundation for what would work and what would not. New gardens require a lot of care and if commitments already weigh you down, simply reviving and keeping your old garden might refresh your surroundings as much as a new one would.
Source advice and a quote from Gardens In Wonderland – and be surprised how cost effective refreshing your tired garden can be.