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I have never been a natural gardener. For years, I struggled to keep basic houseplants alive, only to kill them at the first opportunity. It was difficult and stressful to buy a home with a yard, but I knew that I might be able to learn what I was doing wrong and correct the problem. To start off, I focused heavily on the lawn, and tried hard to keep it trimmed and well-maintained. Next, I cleaned up the flowerbeds. It was a lot of work, but I knew that it would pay off in the end. When I was done, my front yard was gorgeous, and guess what--it even stayed alive. This blog is all about loving your little landscape.

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Looking To Start A Garden? How You Can Ensure Success

by Charlotte White

A beautiful garden doesn't usually come about by chance. It takes a lot of time and effort to create a lush garden that is full of healthy plants and vegetation. The key to obtaining this kind of garden is not so much knowing how to plant the seeds as it is about understanding what needs to be avoided. If you're ready to grow the type of garden that you can be proud of, the following tips are a great launching pad to help you achieve your goals.

Practice Good Soil Erosion Control Techniques

Topsoil is the uppermost layer of soil that you can see with the naked eye. A  healthy layer of topsoil is so important to the overall condition of your garden because most of the nutrients that are needed for plant growth can be found there. If you are unable to keep this layer of the earth solely intact beneath your garden, it's going to be very hard for you to create the oasis that you're seeking.

So, what can you do to keep your topsoil in place? There are so many factors that go into answering this question, but one of the main culprits that you should guard against is water. As the rainwater falls from the sky, it can loosen up the topsoil and cause it to drift away into the gutters around your house. If you want to keep this from happening, you can do several things:

  1. Plant shrubbery around your garden. The trunk, leaves, and thick branches should naturally enclose the soil and keep it from being washed away.
  2. Put down mulch and rocks. If you want to place most of your emphasis on the garden itself and don't want to divide your attention between tending to your burgeoning garden and the surrounding foliage, you can simply pour mulch or rocks around the borders. You can find these materials at local hardware or home and garden stores.

For more information about soil erosion control, reach out to a company like Holleman Hydroseeding & Erosion Control LLC.

Create A Schedule

Although there is usually a burst of energy at the start of a project, this feeling tends to subside as time goes on. If you want to make sure you don't neglect your garden, it's best to set a schedule from the very beginning. Get a planner and write down the times when you plan to tend to your garden. It can really make all the difference in how things turn out!

If you follow these tips, you should find that your garden looks incredible when it finally grows to maturity. Hang in there if you don't necessarily see the results that you want at the very beginning. Stay the course and watch things turn around!

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