5 DIY Gardening tips from the Pros

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Do you want to create the perfect outdoor space – a garden that you are proud of and enjoy spending time in with friends? Of course, you do, who wouldn’t want a beautiful garden, it is an extension of your home after all. But, where do you start?

Well, before you start purchasing plants and dusting off that cobweb covered spade from the back of the shed, here are a few DIY gardening tips from the pros to help you create the garden of your dreams.

The right soil for planting bulbs

Bakker Spalding garden company offer their tips on planting bulbs; “Any soil is in fact, suitable for flower bulbs unless it is extremely wet. Bulbs don’t like to get their feet wet, so good water drainage is a good prerequisite. Bulbs will also have difficulty with arid, sandy soil, because of the lack of nutrients, but that problem can be solved by adding extra compost”.

“Heavy clay soil, on the other hand, is often too rich; the soil particles adhere to each other, which makes it difficult for the bulbs delicate roots to absorb moisture and nutrients. This too can be solved by adding compost, combined with fine sand, in order to break up the lumps of clay”.

Plan your space

Outdoor furniture experts Verdon Gray confirm that¬†“it is important that you plan ahead of planting. You want to make sure you have enough space for everything that you intend to fit in”.

“You will also find that there are some plants that will be better suited to different areas of your garden as some will cope better in the shade rather than direct sunlight. It is also advisable to make sure that you place your compost bin somewhere that can be easily accessed and in a spot that is regularly visited”.

Maintaining your borders

Alan Titchmarsh offers his gardening tips for Waitrose TV – including how to maintain your border. He says “there are three main things you need to do – pruning and deadheading, supporting and staking, weeding, weeding, weeding”.

Lawn Maintenance

Writing in the Telegraph John Cushnie offers his tips on how to create the perfect lawn. In terms of maintenance he advises “water as necessary in hot, dry¬†spells and cut the grass on a regular basis, gradually lowering the mower blades throughout the season”.

“The recommended height will depend on the type of grass {some varieties can tolerate a closer cutting than others} but as a rough guide half an inch {1.5cm} to an inch {2.5cm} is fine. Don’t scalp the grass; close cut lawns are more prone to being colonised by moss”.

And finally…

Louise Hampden, in her BBC book ‘Top tips; A Treasury of Garden Wisdom’ believes: “The joy of gardening is that nobody ever gets it right first time. Or even the second time. It is fine to constantly move plants, replant areas and tinker with colour schemes. No part of the garden will ever be completely perfect and, if it is, the perfection of momentary. But, throughout the gardening year, there are sometimes quite a few of those moments. It is the reason gardeners garden”.

*This is a collaborative post.

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