There are lots of ideas about landscape gardening, both about what it is and even more so about how to do it. Sadly, some of these ideas are incorrect and believing them could mean that you don’t make the most of your garden’s potential or end up making costly mistakes. Here’s a myth-buster’s guide to landscaping:
What Landscape Design is:
1) Landscape gardening is only for big gardens, my tiny little space doesn’t need to be landscaped.
Both big and small gardens need careful planning. Making a big space look good on an affordable budget presents one set of challenges, making the most of a tiny garden requires a a different set of skills and knowledge. A skilled landscape gardener will have lots to offer in either case.
2) My outdoor space is too wet, too windy, too shaded to make a good garden.
There’s no such thing as a garden that’s ‘too’ anything! Some spaces are more challenging than others but nature abhors a vacuum. There will be plants that will do well in even the most inhospitable of environments, it’s just a case of identifying them.
3) Landscape gardening is something you do with a new garden or when you want to totally redesign an old one
It can be, but it doesn’t have to be, landscaping a garden is an ongoing process. Just as you can give a room a whole new look and feel by changing just a few elements so you can bring new life to a garden by introducing or taking away a few features.
4) Landscape gardening is just about art and design, it has no practical purpose
There’s nothing attractive about plants that struggle to thrive and look unhealthy,. When a professional landscaper is considering your garden design London he or she will be thinking carefully about the right plants and scheme to give you something that looks good from the start and becomes more beautiful over the years.
5) Landscape gardening is too expensive for me
You’ll pay a higher rate for a skilled landscaper than you will for a jobbing gardener, that’s because you’re paying for both design and horticulture skills. Planning your garden professionally will give you a space that suits your needs and by avoiding expensive mistakes you could save money in the long run.
Myths about Landscape Gardening Processes
6) Landscaping has to be done in the spring
It’s true that spring is a great time to plant, but autumn can be just as good, or even better for many specimens. You can develop containers at any time of year so long as you use the right plants. The only time you can’t make changes in hard landscaping elements is when the temperature’s too low for cement to set (if you’re using it) or when the garden’s so wet that walking on it will damage it.
7) Every garden needs a lawn area
The only thing ‘every garden needs’ is a plan! It’s true that a lawn can create a great central feature to plan your garden around but there are other ways of doing this that don’t involve grass.
8) The best way to deal with a lawn is to cut it as short as possible so you don’t have to do it too often
Knowing how high to cut your lawn at different times of the year is an important lawn-care skill. Cutting too short won’t save time in the long term, it will damage the grass and replacing or repairing it will take far longer and cost far more than cutting it to the correct length at the right frequency.
Here are some tips for lawn care.
9) All watering should be done in the evening, to reduce water waste from evaporation
This is generally true for vegetables and flower borders but lawns allowed to stand wet overnight can become breeding grounds for mildew and other diseases. It’s better to water grass early in the morning. Never apply water to leaves in direct sunlight, you’ll scorch them, but if a plant is wilting in the sun don’t wait until evening. Put water on the soil where it can penetrate immediately.
10) Watering should be done little and often
Quite the opposite; for most plants infrequently and deeply is a better way to go. This encourages the plants to develop deeper root systems which will make them more resistant to drought. If you’re finding you have to water your garden a lot maybe you could consider replacing some of your more thirsty plants with more drought resistant species.