Raised bed gardening is fast becoming a popular and efficient way to grow a variety of plants, from vegetables and herbs to flowers and shrubs. If you want to see success with your new raised garden beds, one of the keys to keep in mind is proper soil preparation.
Whether you're a beginner gardener or an experienced green thumb pivoting to raised beds for the first time, these three tips will help you create the perfect soil environment for your plants to thrive.
Every time winter rolls around in Australia, the amount and frequency of garden work you have to keep up with drops dramatically. After all, in the cool air and dryer conditions not a lot of plants flourish, but it is not cold enough for most of them to die either. Instead, most plants, including your grass, simply exist in a kind of hibernation, which is very easy to maintain and quite enjoyable to look at still.
You've probably come across natural stone in many places in a garden, like pavers and building blocks for walls. But you can also use rock in less cultivated and more natural shapes in your backyard. Here are two ideas.
Why not use boulders to decorate your garden? Landscape supply outlets have a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. You could pick one massive boulder and have them deliver and place it in the right spot in your yard.
Soil erosion can be a serious problem on steep slopes. When landscaping areas of land that are steeply sloped, it is important to put measures in place to keep the soil from washing away. Here are some tips that can help.
1. Plant Shrubs
One of the best methods of environmental erosion control is to plant shrubs on the slope. Choose a low, spreading variety for best results. The roots of the shrub bind the soil together, making it much less susceptible to erosion.
A riding lawnmower is essential for bigger yards. A walk-behind mower just can't cut enough grass at once to make it worth using; you'd end up spending so much time trying to cut grass with that, that you'd eventually tear out the lawn out of frustration. With a riding lawnmower, however, you could cover a larger lawn without taking most of the day to do it.
However, riding lawnmowers use motors, and gas mowers, in particular, can add to air pollution as they burn fuel.