A family garden can be a great addition to your home. It’s a fun and exciting project to work on with the whole family and it adds to the value of the property. Most importantly, a garden could be a place for your kids to play and enjoy fresh air and a healthy environment.

The garden doesn’t have to be expensive and you can design it in phases in order to accommodate your family budget. By using materials and plants from your area you’re both saving money and cutting down on your carbon footprint.

 

The type of garden

The first thing to decide on is the type of garden you plan to have. This will in term determine what kind plants and materials you need to use and how much you can experiment with the design. There are a few things to consider. First of all, you need to know how you will use the garden. Is it a place for relaxation and enjoyment or it should be useful and practical?

Also, it’s important to have in mind how much maintenance will the garden need and how much of your time you can dedicate to it.

 

The design

Before you can start planting and organizing your new garden, you need to have the design throughout. That will allow you to make the most of the space you have and integrate it in the overall aesthetic of your home.

This is the crucial part of the whole process and it’s best if it’s left to professionals with experience in landscape design. Experts like those from Manna Landscaping can examine your yard beforehand and make recommendations and plans based on this analysis.

Plants

Choosing the plants for the family garden can be tricky. You need to find the plants that will suit the aesthetic you plan to create. But, there is a lot more it. The plants should be robust and survive the changes in weather and climate because you don’t want to work the maintenance throughout the year.

If you have kids their safety should also be an important concern when it comes to choosing plants. None of them should be poisons and if the kids are small and tend to run around the yard a lot, none of them should have thorns.

 

Wildlife

You may not think of it that way but your yard is an eco-system and you don’t want to disturb it by landscaping and adding artificial features. If you’re adding walls or gates you should consider how they are blocking the pathways for small animals that might pass through your garden.

It may also be useful to add some wildlife of your own choosing. For instance, a birdfeeder is easy to create and install. Adding a pond may take a bit more time and effort, but it also adds to the appearance the serenity of the garden.

 

When to start planting

Once you have the plan and know what to plant it’s time to actually start creating the garden. This isn’t going to be done quickly if you want the garden to be natural and to use local plants. It should be done after the last frost has passed because otherwise, you might lose the entire crop.

It also may be useful to create a care calendar for the different plants that you add to the garden. That way you can focus on each of them based on its needs and the way environment affects it.

Equipment

If you’re planting and cleaning the yard, the equipment needed for the task may be the most expensive part. You need to purchase the equipment beforehand, some of it can be borrowed or you can purchase used and second equipment in order to save money. Be sure to leave enough seating for your family to enjoy their free time.

You’re going to need a few hoses, a hoe, a rake and a spade. This is what’s needed for field works, but you should also invest in some gloves and comfortable but safe shoes. That way you can work in the garden without worrying about getting hurt.

 

A family garden can be a lovely spot to enjoy your free time and spend time with your loved ones. It’s also something that increases the value of your home. The last thing you can do is to add an outdoor kitchen and enjoy family meals.

 

 

Biography – Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She is a regular contributor on https://smoothdecorator.com.

 

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