Being stuck at home during quarantine has put a spotlight on home and garden to-do items that you want to tackle. If you’re like the rest of the country, you’ve been ordering mulch, getting on your gardening gloves and making some backyard magic happen.
If you’ve had “grow something” on your to-do list for a while, there’s no better time to start a garden.
Whether it’s for esthetics or for function, growing a garden is a beautiful way to add color and vibrancy to your property. Flowering gardens offer a variety of colors that can change as seasons change. Growing your own food gives you a sense of freedom and sustainability, which is especially nice given the recent food scarcity issues many grocery stores experienced. Food grown in your yard is convenient and let’s face it…homegrown produce just tastes better!
Here are some tips to get started:
- Make your dirt deluxe. If possible, do a soil test to see what you’re working with. Regardless of the results, use compost or manure to add organic matter that will enrich your soil for better growth.
- Choose your container. What are you planting in? Garden beds? A planter? Planters are made for thrillers, spillers and fillers (see below). Garden beds may be better suited for perennials, depending on how easy or hard it is to dig in your beds. Raised beds are ideal for vegetable gardens.
- Thrillers, spillers and fillers. For a flowering garden, choose from three different types of plants: Thrillers, spillers and fillers. Thrillers are named as such because of their height and dramatic presence. Ornamental grasses are an example of a thriller. Spillers drape over the container they are in, such as petunias or creeping Jenny. Fillers simply fill up the space in a beautiful way.
- Consider where you live. Water and sun play a huge role in what will grow well. Regardless of your climate, if it’s you who can’t remember to water the garden, then it’s best to choose hardy drought-tolerant annuals, perennials and succulents.
- Diversify with herbs or veggies. Herbs and veggies can be beautiful, too! Certain lettuces can bring gorgeous color and texture to your garden. Flowering herbs, such as chamomile and lavender, grow quickly and are great to dry and use in recipes. Just watch out for pesky critters who might be after your homegrown produce. Create a rabbit fence to keep out unwanted admirers.
Have you started your spring planting yet? Now is a great time, not only because planting conditions are great, but also because you can enter the Wayne Homes 10th Annual Landscape Contest if you own a Wayne Home!
Whether you are a brand new Wayne homeowner or have been in your Wayne home for years, you can enter the contest for a chance to win. Simple, well-tended front-yard flower beds can wow every bit as much as a full-on garden oasis, so remember…every entry counts. The contest runs from May 18-July 6, so as soon as you’ve planted your garden, snap a pic and enter so you can be considered for one of our prizes. Winners will receive a Lowe’s gift card: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second and $250 for third. Plus, you have a chance to win the People’s Choice Award, which is good for another $500 gift card!
Interested in owning your own Wayne home and creating your own garden oasis? Contact us today to get the process started and you can enter our Annual Landscape Contest next Spring!
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