4 Simple Tips to Create an Awesome Garden Design

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Creating an amazing garden is more than just about having a green thumb. Garden design takes a lot of planning and color coordination, too. In fact, first impressions are up to 94% design-related. So what can you do to make sure that your garden not only looks good but is also an essential part of your curb appeal? Here are five simple ways to help you design a garden that really wows.

Plan Out Your Garden Online

Over 200 million copies of Minecraft have been sold and not just to kids. Architects and designers have actually been known to use Minecraft as a design tool for their projects. Because the game is designed for building and exploring, it makes for a really convenient way to outline design plans such as landscaping and gardening, especially when DIYing. If you have a gaming console or already have Minecraft downloaded, consider using the game itself to plan out how you want to design your garden.

Don’t Put Your Phone Away

If you’re looking for a more realistic method to design your garden, consider downloading Garden Planner. Garden Planner is an app that lets you drag and drop flowers, fences, paths, buildings, sheds, trees, decking, shrubs and more to create a blueprint for your real-life garden. The app offers a free trial so you can try out the design software before making your purchase.

Use the Native Plants Finder

The Native Plants Finder helps you find plants that are native to your location so you can pick and choose the right flowers and shrubs to plant in your garden. It’s recommended to choose native plants when you’re gardening because it not only helps to keep the plants themselves alive but also keeps your garden soil healthy.

Speaking of garden soil, make sure to analyze your garden soil’s health before you plant anything. One of the top primary contaminants is chemical contamination, and garden soil is especially susceptible to chemicals like lead. If you suspect garden soil contamination, the EPA recommends mixing large quantities of compost with the soil.

Make your Garden Guest-Friendly

When you love gardening, it’s easy to get invested in the plants that you’re growing. However, you also want to make sure that you’re giving yourself, your family, and your guests enough room to enjoy the garden, too. Consider whether the paths in your garden design are wide enough for more than one person. If you’re planning on including steps in your garden, you also want to be sure that they’re not too steep. Outdoor steps ought to have a rise of 6 inches or less and the run ought to be at least 26 inches.

It can be tricky to create a garden that’s not only happy and healthy but is also visually appealing from a landscaping perspective. Fortunately, with the tips above, you can put yourself on the right track toward creating an amazing garden design.

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