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April
25

Want to impress the neighborhood with your gardening this year? Here's how you can get a head start.

If the landscape around the house you bought from Beavercreek homes for sale is lacking, then you have an excellent opportunity to bring it to vibrant life this year. While planting shrubs, trees, and perennials in the fall is preferable, so they can develop a good root system during the cold months, spring can still be a good time to plant. So how to get started?

You will want to think about the big picture: gardening software can help you with your grand, overall scheme, be it for vegetables or flowers, shrubs or trees or vines. You may want to think about your project in terms of a three-year plan: hardscapes, including erecting and installing fences, walls, trellises, and paths; planting bigger items, such as trees and shrubs the first year; and holding back on the perennials, annuals, and vegetables till the second and third years.

Following are a few suggestions for getting the best results for your garden.

  1. Plan for shade and sunlight.
    Sunlight will be key to how well your plants thrive. You may have to take out some trees that block sunlight from where you want your garden, and then you may have to plant new trees and shrubs that won't shade out your plantings. Your garden software can help you plan for this.

  2. Improve your soil.
    Buying a lot of plants and putting them in the ground before you improve the soil is definitely getting the cart before the horse. Test the soil: it should be between ph 6.0 and 7.0 for most plants to flourish. You may need to add amendments to bring the soil up to where it should be, in terms of acidity or alkalinity.
    You also need to ensure that your garden soil is healthy, offering the right nutrition and organisms for your plants. Tilling the soil can help, as can adding good quality compost. Whenever you plant, surround the plant with a few inches of mulch to keep in moisture. Mulch in spring and fall. 

  3. Install hardscaping.
    Plan the hard elements in your landscape, including garden paths with stones or concrete, borders around the areas where you will create flower beds, walls for espalier, trellises for vines or climbing roses, or frames for raised beds. The latter are particularly helpful when you're planning a vegetable garden. Raised beds should be marked out with string or spray paint, with dimensions of about 4 ft. by 6 ft. You can buy or build the frame. Before installing it, till the planting area, so the soil is loose and friable, then add compost and good quality garden soil so the garden is a few inches above ground level (this helps with drainage). Plant plants or seedlings, adding mulch to hold in moisture. 

  4. Plant natives whenever possible.
    You will most likely be planting many plants that aren't necessarily native to the Ohio landscape, but whenever possible have a look at natives. They are more likely to thrive in our soil and in our weather. Fruits and pollen produced by native plants may also give creatures like birds and butterflies a boost.

  5. Learn the watering and fertilizer needs of your plants.
    You've likely put together a plant landscape that looks pleasing to you, but it may not be natural in the sense that these plants don't necessarily grow together in the wild. Thus, the water and fertilizer needs of the various plants will differ. Do some prep about the needs of your plants and water and fertilize accordingly.

Our REALTORS® can help find the answer to your questions about Beavercreek properties and more. Contact Wright-Patt Realty today.

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