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Overgrown, disorganized gardens are not just a sore sight: they can actually damage local ecosystems and decrease the value of your property. For the hobby gardener, it takes some effort to stay in control of your garden and keep it organized so that it looks natural and carefree, but not unkempt. Adding structure gives visitors somewhere to look at so they know to focus their attention on your prized plants without getting disoriented. And, it’s a great way to make your garden a family-friendly space and teach your kids about the central tenants of gardening at a young age.
The #1 Way to Stay in Control of Your Garden: Weed, Mulch, Repeat
All gardens need weeding. But gardens that have been recently unattended to probably require an emergency weeding session. Weeding is a fast way to cut down on the over-clutter in your garden so that you have clearer picture of the space you’re working with before planting.
For similar reasons, mulching an unkempt garden will make the color of plants stand out against the ground while fighting off weeds. Mulch also acts as an insect repellent and cools down the soil during summer months, making it a garden staple for healthy plants and organization.
Once you have a clear picture of the empty space in your garden, make a blueprint of how you want to change the space. Include where you want trees, flowerbeds, and plain patches of grass to grow. Even if it takes a few years for your blueprint to take full effect, having the plan will better guide you as you approach staying in control of your garden.
Strategic additions and removals to your space will help add structure to your garden without looking stilted.
Creating a gravel path for your viewer to navigate through helps divide excess space while giving your viewer some direction.
Edging your garden accomplishes this goal as well: without edging, there is no divider between “grass” and “arrangement of flowers,” which can make gardens look overgrown.
Often, excess trees add bulk to a garden while detracting from the sunlight needed to make plants grow. This is especially important for trees that are rotting or look like they could fall on your house at any given moment!
Make a Vegetable Garden Layout
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