Making Your Garden A Priority

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Making Your Garden a Priority

In terms of a homeowners design budget, landscaping usually falls near the bottom of the list. I don’t know why, but the gardening is always the last thing to get taken care of. When building a home the budget for landscaping is usually around 10% of purchase price. My wife and I are in the process of building a home and you can bet that the landscape design is a high priority on my list!  Here are some great intro books that you can refer to when planning your landscape.
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Where to Begin!

I have noticed that majority of homeowners just don’t know where to begin. The most common mistake they make is to over plant because they want instant gratification. When planting always research what you are planting, whether it needs full sun, part sun or  shade, and how big the plant will get. I have received plenty of business in taking out plants that have overgrown their original planting spot. This is especially important when planting items near your house.  Start your tool supply with the essentials:  spade shovelrakeloppersbarrel for garden waste, and a  wheel barrow. When planting around the house, I always like to use a good set of  Fiskar's tools.
Choosing the right grass for your local is essential
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The Right Grass...

When choosing the right grass for the garden research is key. First, find out what zone you live in by asking a local nursery. This will tell you what types of grass grow best in your area. It is also helpful to know how the garden will be used. If you have kids or dogs or both you want grass that can hold up to high traffic usage.  It is also important to pay attention to the sunny and shady parts of the garden and plan your watering accordingly.  I like to use a good fertilizer to keep the grass lush and green and always use a good sprinkler if you do not have an in-ground system.
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Hardscaping

My favourite type of hardscaping is natural stone. I love the look and feel of real stone. I am putting in an irregular blue stone patio in my back garden. These stones are great and will last the life of your house without having to worry about replacing.  I will be putting gator dust between the stones. This will help hold the stones in place while helping to prevent ants and weeds. Some other options that look nice are peastones, concrete, stone dust, polymetric sand (for smaller spaces) and even creeping thyme. A great addition to that is a natural stone firepit for those chilly nights!
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Plants and Extras

Make sure to plan for your space in advance to ensure you aren’t purchasing trees or plants that won’t fit or grow in your area. When I crash a garden, we plan for weeks how to incorporate design pieces the homeowner wants into the garden while still making the styles fit the feel of the house and area where they live.  If you do your homework you can fit in anything from a movie theatre to a fully stocked bar! 

Picking my favourite plants is a tough thing to do but I will give it a shot. Since I am a Cape Codder I have to say I love blue hydrangeas and ornamental grasses. I also love lavender, iris and impatiens. Those are the plants that you will find in abundance in my own garden because I love the colours, textures and scents that they provide.
Hydrangeas provide beautiful colour!
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