Answer these seven questions before you start your new garden

Landlords tell me that houses sell out faster than most people ask for. In a beautiful landscape or in a newly built house, you can see grass and a few unfamiliar shrubs. What do your thoughts return to when you sit on the porch with that morning coffee cup?

What new things do you want to bring in – difficult situations like yard, swimming pool, play equipment, lawn mower, fence?

And then there’s softscaping. Which trees or shrubs, flower beds and orchards are planted, moved, or removed?

Making those decisions can sometimes seem daunting, but answering the following questions will help you identify what you need.

2018-03-01 What look do you want? Do everything in Europe, such as estate gardens, or a more natural, English cottage feel, be carefully crafted and cut? Drive around and notice the likes and dislikes of landscaping like yours. Also note the old trees or shrubs. Do they just need to be cut off, or should they be moved away from home or perhaps planted somewhere else?

2. What should you do around you, such as carpets or garages, or landscaping features, such as trees, shrubs, landscaping, rocky soil, that will rejuvenate the old landscape and home? , Tired gardens, or swamps? How to deal with the storm surge around the house?

3. In what agricultural zone do you live? This helps to determine not only the average days of the first and last snows, but also how cold and hot the weather is throughout the year. Note the location of the sunrise and sunset, which can affect the amount of shade or sun you get and the type of plants you choose to add to the landscape.

4. What is the average soil pH? You can purchase or test soil testing equipment from a government university kit. If you want to grow a garden, you need to make sure your soil is well tested for lead. Although the University of Maryland does not conduct soil testing, it does contain a list of laboratories (

5. Need a place for children and pets to play? Hardscapes now often include firewood with multiple chairs for comfort, neighborhood conversations; Large, closed trampolins; And to name a few options, tree houses with elevated stations, swings and slides. Instead of overgrown green, dense grass, people are given more space for garden and shrub beds, lawns mixed with fescue and other grasses, and the use of pesticides each contributes to healthy grass fields and encourages pollen visits, horticulture production and flowering. Improving the beauty of parks.

6. Do you grow your garden or flower beds? They want to get rid of brown or “green” carcasses and tree “volcanoes” because the construction of the tower around the trunk promotes pests and diseases. Place a drain a few inches away from the trunks of trees or shrubs.

One alternative, or “green,” is straw. Most of these weeds, which are sown in gardens and orchards, are used to replenish the soil. They also help to attract more pollen to your yard. Pennsylvania State University offers some good advice on mules (see

7. Probably the most important thing to consider – how much time do you spend each week in your garden or yard? Consider activities such as mowing, watering, weeding, pruning and spreading, or planting green mud. The University of Maryland offers a list of monthly gardening at

As your garden grows, plants will grow, and many will multiply. In the years to come, you will want to add and re-add to your work. You may also know that you want to change your original plans – expand the porch, give more space to the children, add that tree house, swing and slide, or maybe a pool or pond.

The garden is always changing.

For more information on gardening, visit ick-county / home-gardening, or call Frederick County Superintendents at 301-600-1596.


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