Gardening is a fantastic activity. It is meditative, nourishing, fun, engaging, highly creative, and demands true productivity, which only leads to a sense of real achievement. However, we can often forget that a garden does take plenty of hard work to achieve, and is more than just an exercise in manual labor.
It takes smarts to design a beautiful garden, particularly if you’re working with a relatively humble amount of space. However, if you have the garden canvas you most desire, it can sometimes be overwhelming to consider the amount of options available to you. On top of that, it’s not as if you’re playing a video game. The implements you decide upon, be they a water feature, certain vegetables, flowers or decorations, all require upkeep.
Some might have the spare cash to hire dedicated staff to this end, but most do not. This means if you hope to design your dream garden, understanding a few practical realities can both inform you and encourage you further. And there’s nothing wrong with either of those things.
It Takes Careful Design
Think of a canvas upon which you hope to paint. If you’ve seen even one episode of Bob Ross, you’ll know that it’s optimism and self-belief that can generate skill. However, while abstract art is celebrated in some circles, and interpretation does matter, there are better and worse means of working with the canvas, of depicting certain items through your artistic application. The same goes for gardening. It goes twice if you hope to establish large installations such as a climbing frame for your children, a garden pool, or an entertainment area. For this, collaborating with the expert pool designers or other professionals can help you bring out your truest intentions, working those within the scope and utility of your garden. This can bring a truer eye to safety, practicality, and realistic planning.
Maintenance Is Important
While you may leave your garden relatively untouched (aside from mowing the grass on dry days), during the winter, maintenance is still important. Clearing debris, covering the pool and furniture, cleaning said items, considering the needs of the children in your family, securing said garden using privacy fencing and locked gates, and also keeping it tidy will require a little effort each week, and a few taught practices to your children. This way, you can maintain your labor of love and keep it glowing to the best degree possible.
You Always Have Something To Learn
A garden is a lifetime project, it grows with you and requires attention. Unless making a statement or it falls out, you are never really ‘complete’ with tending to your hair, or tending to your fashion over time. This is how a garden functions. Over time its character changes. A bench that has been there since time immemorial rots away, or the soil needs to be tended, as well as grass becoming deadened due to heavy items placed on top. You always have something to learn about its management, and that’s what makes it so alive and vibrant. Adopt this attitude, and you will fall in love with your garden as the years pass on.
With this advice, you are certain to maintain the practical realities of a beautiful garden.