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Is your garden letting the rest of your home down?

Date Thursday, 1 September 2016 9:21 AM

How can you create your dream garden?

Once you've gone through all the work of designing your own home with G.J. Gardner Homes, you get to personalise the interior to suit your lifestyle. The same goes for the garden, and while the design team can incorporate everything you ask for, it will take some maintenance to make sure it stays sharp all year round.

Don't let your garden get out of control and ruin the aesthetic appeal of your new home. Stay on top of things with these simple steps:

1) Keep aggressive plants at bay

One of the easiest ways your garden can get out of hand is when an aggressive plant starts to take over. This can kill other plants around it, by cutting off root growth. As this all happens underground, it's impossible to know when it's happening, so keeping control of aggressive plants is vital.

A simple way to stop fast-growing plants taking over is by planting them inside a plastic container. Cut the bottom off so the roots have room to grow straight down, and the rest of your garden will be able to spread out comfortably.

2) Epsom salt is your friend

Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and sulfate, which plants thrive on.

Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and sulfate, which plants thrive on. A couple of teaspoons in a watering can twice a month could make all the difference between year-long blooms and having to constantly rip dead plants out of the ground and start again.

Epsom salt can also be used dry - particularly when planting tomatoes or other fruit-bearing plants that are typically low in magnesium. Sprinkle a small amount in the soil when you first plant something new, and add a few more sprinkles each month to keep up the levels.

3) Add your dream feature

Much like the living room in your home, it's important to have a feature in a garden. Rows upon rows of plants look lovely, but without something special to break them up, they can just end up blending into each other.

An easy, rewarding, way to avoid this is by installing your dream feature in the garden. It might be something as simple as a small fountain, or even a raised lawn bed, and garden lights that show off the true beauty of your plants, but Houzz Australia suggests a feature will never fail to draw you in.

To chat more about the best ways to keep your garden in check, get in touch with the team at G.J. Gardner Homes today.

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