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All things considered when creating your garden

Starting from scratch to create your garden can be a daunting task but following these steps by Stevo and Joey at Albany Allsoils Landscaping Supplies will make the process more manageable and produce an outcome you and your family can enjoy for years to come.

Where to start

1. Assess your site and your garden design needs.

2. Choose a garden style that suits you and your lifestyle.

3. Sketch out your garden design.

4. Try to use some hardscape options such as feature rock, granite steppers, riverstone, railway sleepers and FormBoss garden edging.

5. Dig up your garden area.

6. Put down soil, compost and mulch.

7. Add in some garden beds.

Factoring in kids

It’s important to know what makes a good outdoor play space for children, to provide safe and stimulating places to explore.

Some tips to accommodate kids in the landscaping plan include:

• Designing and constructing a garden with your children.

• Researching the best vegetables to grow in your climate, how to care for them and their seasonal growth patterns.

• Growing vegetables that you can eat as a family.

• Watching what you plant in your garden – some plants can contain toxins.

• Learning about garden care – allow children to become the gatekeepers against weeds and other elements that might threaten the garden.

Factoring in pets

Pet-friendly landscaping can provide a number of benefits for both you and your furry friends. It can help to keep your pet safe by providing a designated area for them to play.

• Try to incorporate items such as flower beds, trellises or raised beds in order to give your pet places they can climb on or jump onto.

• Include boulders, logs and other natural features that will give your pet a place to hide or rest.

• Keep water sources clean and free of algae.

• Make sure all fencing is securely anchored and child/pet-proof.

• Avoid using pesticides and other chemicals in the yard.

• Create a designated play area for your pet.

• Install fencing or barriers around ponds, pools and other bodies of water.

• Landscaping should be kept clear of sharp objects that could harm your pet.

Knowing your climate

A climate wise garden takes into account the local conditions, including the sun direction, wind direction, soil type, climate and availability of water, to select plants that will thrive all year-round.

As we head into the colder months, things to consider in a wet and windy climate include:

• Planning for a run off – good drainage is essential for the survival of most plants and many species will perish if their roots are sitting in water for any length of time. Applying a layer of mulch around the base of your plants will improve drainage and avoid your plants from drowning.

• Staking plants well – if you have carefully nurtured plants that need to grow tall and strong, it would be a shame to see them suffer at the first hint of a blustery gale. Lofty plants are susceptible to wind damage, so it’s essential that you stake them well. Billowing stems and branches may snap and cause irreversible damage to your plants if they are left unsupported.

• Putting up wind barriers – fence panels and hedges all have the potential to add interest to your garden and provide some well-received shelter if things do take a turn for the worst. You should also consider creating wind barriers within your garden itself, as well as along the parameter. Furthermore, grouping plants together provides them with additional support, making them less prone to damage in strong winds.

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