After moving into a new home, the first thing most gardeners do is start working their new land. Then, the new homeowner hits disappointment. The land is not optimal for their garden. What can the gardener do to work with his or her new terrain? How can the gardener make the garden he or she so desires out of the terrain they have?
Fortunately, the gardener can work with his or her new terrain and use the terrain to the garden’s advantage. The gardener will find which plants will work best in the soil, how to use the soil to the plants’ advantage. Most importantly, the gardener will get the garden he or she wants.
Most gardens are used as yard décor. Gardens spruce up any yard. Whether you have a flower bed or a rock garden, the garden is for eye appeal. Gardeners use plants and everything in the garden as garden décor. The garden itself is garden décor and when the gardener cannot get the look he or she desires, it is very frustrating. Here are a few suggestions on how to work with the terrain.
For wet terrain, raise the land. Depending on how much time or money a gardener wants to invest in his or her new purchase, the gardener can add fill dirt and then fertile soil. If this is too much for what the gardener wants to put into his or her garden or if the path of the water cannot be deterred, a raised flower bed would work best. Moving the spot for the garden is also an option when water paths will not change. If a gardener still wants to use that particular area for plants, he or she can buy decorative grass and plants that thrive on water.
Depending on how rocky the terrain is, the gardener will have to choose how to use the rocky terrain. The gardener will have to decide if the terrain is even worth using for a garden. The gardener might plow and till the land and pick up the rocks in order to be able to plant a garden. If the plowing or tilling or picking up the rocks become an endless task, he or she might decide to put a raised flower bed in the rocky terrain. If the rocky terrain has big rocks the gardener might incorporate the rocks into the garden décor.
Rocky terrain is also a great place to make a rock garden. Rock gardens do not need smooth soil. Garden/yard furniture can be set out as garden décor in a rock garden. The rocky terrain may even make the yard look rough. The rock garden will be able to hide that without having to roll the terrain. Potted plants can be set around the rock garden as décor.
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If the gardener’s yard is uneven, the terrain can benefit the plants. Use the raised earth for smaller plants and plants that may not need as much water. The lower terrain can be used for taller plants and plants that need more water. Work the terrain to the garden’s advantage.
Natural or man-made ponds can be any nature lovers’ delight. A natural pond can be changed and decorated to the owner’s specifications. The use of the pond will determine what garden décor should be used around the pond. If fish will be in the pond, rocks on one end of the pond will be a nice offset. Around the rocks, potted plants would make great décor. Swings or garden/yard benches should be used for seating around the pond, especially if the owner is going to use his or her yard.
Whatever terrain a gardener is dealing with, he or she will be able to utilize the area in a manner that they will have a garden to work with and be proud of. The gardener will have to choose plants and décor based on the terrain. A good gardener will use the terrain to work to his or her garden’s advantage.