Gardening is an activity that never fails to soothe the soul.
It doesn’t matter what kind of a day you’ve had at work, as soon as you get out into your own private oasis it’s not long until your cares are melting away. Trowel in one hand, hose in the other, you can happily while away an entire afternoon tending to your little patch of greenery.
Whether you’re an amateur rose breeder or more into cultivating a garden of edible plants, there are few things more rewarding than seeing your garden growing. Many of us are lucky enough to have our own backyard to maintain, though if you’ve ever moved to a new house or left your garden to its own devices, you may find that bringing your garden into beautiful shape can seem like a herculean chore.
Well, not any more. We have rounded up the very best in gardening tips – everything from finding the perfect pond pumps for your ornamental fish pond to choosing the right lawn seed for shady patches – and are bringing you our six top tips for unlocking your garden’s true potential. Enjoy.
Pick a theme
While it can be tempting to imagine a glorious mish-mash of colour and form, the fact remains that the human eye craves at least a modicum of consistency when finding a space soothing a beautiful. While we’re not suggesting that you opt for the manicured shrubs of an English country garden (unless that’s your thing in which case: go for it!) we do at least suggest sticking with a theme. That way you’ll find harmony in your garden instead of dissonance.
Themes that work incredibly well in our Melbourne backyards include a native Aussie plant theme, a contemporary theme (with clean, crisp lines and plenty of space for entertaining) and wildlife-attracting themes (with plants set to entice birds and native animals to feast and nest).
Choose your features
We love a good water feature when it comes to a backyard – there’s nothing quite like the soothing sounds of running water to add a serenity quite unlike any other. You can use rainwater for a water feature if you’re concerned about the environmental impact – and if you have some fish that you’d like to include in your water feature, all the better. If you are planning a water feature or pond, you’ll also get to choose some exciting water plants.
Plan your planting
While you might be excited as anything to get down to the hardware store and start buying up their stock of Lilly Pillys, you do need to take time to consider the planning of your garden. Think about where you want the barbecue to go, where the bins are going to sit, how far your hose will reach, any sprinklers, ponds or other features that you want to include, and what kind of shade and sun will reach the garden.
Picking the type of turf you’re going to plant is vital – especially if you do have a shady area where the lawn will need to be a bit hardier. Sir Walter turf is a good choice, but you can also go for something like Buffalo grass.
Get the soil sorted
Make sure you have turned the soil, prepped it and checked it for pH levels.
You need to ensure you have some kind of compost or fertiliser on hand, and your soil also needs to drain properly. When you’re planning the types of plants you’re putting in, think about where to position them as well.
Plant it in
When you’re planting in your garden make sure you take plenty of time in prepping the soil as we mentioned above, and also fertilise your plants well. Once the plants are in, you need to keep up the maintenance and ensure regular watering so that your plants can thrive.
Keep it up
Once your garden is all planted in you need to keep up with the maintenance. Make sure you’re pruning, mowing, trimming and maintaining your garden as much as you need to. Watering and caring for your garden is very therapeutic and you may find yourself out in your green space more often than you are indoors.
We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about how to transform your backyard into your own oasis. Make sure you try some of these tips yourself and reap the benefits!