Introduction to Gardening

Introduction to Gardening

If a garden is in your future, you may be considering how landscaping may add value to your home. A well-designed garden can add a great deal of curb appeal to your home, especially when professional landscaping elements are in place. Additionally, by adding shade trees and insulating shrubs to your yard you can significantly save on energy costs and add to the resale value of your home.

Whether you choose to do this yourself, or hire a landscaping firm, there are some things you need to know first.


Plan a design of your landscaping ahead of time. Before you head off for the nearest home gardening center, take the time to plot out your design ideas for your new landscaping. Use a grid-style to draw your home, exterior buildings, swimming pool, driveway, fencing, and outdoor entertainment areas of your property. This will help to establish a map for how you envision your landscape to look and function once completed.


Take care of irrigation and soil first. Having a healthy lawn with enough irrigation to support plant life is the most important aspect of landscaping. Before you add any landscaping elements, take the time to test your soil pH levels, check for pests, and correct areas that either get too much or not enough moisture. Install irrigation systems as needed, and fill in areas that tend to be swampy.


Select the right trees and plants for your region. Sure, that big flowering plant may look great at the home gardening catalogue, but will it survive conditions in your yard? Take the time to learn as much as possible about the plants and trees that grow naturally or thrive in your region. Look around your neighborhood and find out what plants do the best for your climate, and what require special care. This is where you will find the best success with your own plantings.


Use plantings for specific purposes. Trees, shrubs, and flowers can all serve a specific purpose in terms of landscaping and gardening around your home. Some trees are fast growing shade-givers, while others are better for creating barriers. Shrubs and plants that have spikes or thorns are good for adding under windows to deter break-ins, but not safe for family play areas. Get in touch with a professional landscaping company to get help in selecting your plants.


Create gardens that produce. If you want to gain the most value for your home garden and landscaping efforts, include food producing plants to the mix. Consider including a range of citrus trees, or berry plants in among your flowers. Include a small herb garden in a subsection of your landscaping, near the kitchen or a backyard patio. Like cut flowers? Try adding a variety of long-stem flowering plants in between sections of shrubbery and ground cover. You’ll get more return from your landscaping efforts, and add value at the same time. Make sure to monitor your plants, when watering them, for any signs of bug infestations. Certain insects gravitate to certain plants and over time can create significant damage.


Building a home garden can be a rewarding aspect of home ownership. When you want to do it right, get the support of a landscaping firm or make careful plans to handle this task over time. Add beauty and value to your property with a landscape design that fits with your lifestyle and time.
-Jim Rosele works for Franklin Pest Solutions, who provides insect control around Indiana suburbs and helps homeowner protect their gardens from pests. He is also an avid gardener and loves growing a wide range of herbs.

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