4. Planting your garden
As mentioned above, select the plants and trees you know will thrive in the conditions of your garden. Remember to be brave! There are a huge array of trees and plants available, all of which offer your garden height, interest points, and a haven for wildlife. Also, when you go to a garden centre, don’t be purely lured in by the plants that have already flowered. To add colour for a long period of time, have a mixture of plants that flower at different times.
5. Prepare your soil
Firstly, you need to dig the areas up to open the soil up – and, most importantly, to remove any weeds. This will improve drainage and allow oxygen into the soil, which roots require. It also allows you to dig in organic matter, fertiliser and, if required, a grit or sand to aid drainage.
6. Learn to love your plants
Planting properly will ensure all your plants and flowers grow well and live for a long time. If you’re unsure how to plant something, look online for instructions rather than just hoping for the best! Some plants and flowers come with instructions on their label which can come in handy if you’re unsure.
Trees planted too deeply will never thrive, and root-balls that sit proud of the soil surface will dry out quickly, leading to the eventual death of the plant.
Pruning plants can seem like a daunting job, but if you learn how to do the job properly, you’ll be rewarded with plants that look good, grow well, and they’re likely to flower and fruit better, too. The key to successful pruning is to know when to prune – again, head to Google rather than crossing your fingers!