They should consider creating a local garden for those who love gardening, wildflowers, or who are tired of mowing the lawn.
Gemini Balsood, a professor of horticulture at the University of Illinois Extension, says that although local space is limited, many local gardens can be incorporated into any existing landscape. The idea is to include the plants, trees, and shrubs that already call Illinois home.
“Many native plants are not only beautiful, but they also support pollen and have environmental benefits,” he said. There are many low maintenance options that look good in your landscape.
Planning and design are essential steps for success. Pay close attention to the sun and the soil.
“We often think about planting, planting, and enjoying our gardens,” says Belsod. But I recommend that you spend this early spring planning your local gardens. By remembering your situation, you can choose plants that can grow in large numbers.
Decide where you want to plant your new garden bed and carefully consider whether the area will receive full sun, partial sun or shade. Determine soil conditions. With poor drainage, is it often wet? Soil problems need to be addressed.
Gardeners who want the most success should be sure to kill existing plants, grasses and weeds.
“My favorite ecological way to kill existing plants is to use weights or layers of cardboard and newspaper,” says Belsod. “After a few months, you can plant the story directly in the soil, or you can put new soil on the cardboard and plant it right away. Materials will eventually fall apart. ”
When choosing plants and designs, choose native Illinois varieties. Whenever possible, choose locally grown plants. For the benefit of the great wildlife, look for live species, not species. Pick four-time-needed plants, and arrange next flowering in spring, summer, and fall.
Determine the size of the plant you need to buy – seeds, plugs, quartz or gallons. The more roots there are, the easier it will be to establish the plant.
Apply a variety of plants, such as trees, shrubs, grasses, and ground cover, for more dimensions. Keep low-growing plants in front of windows to maintain good visibility.