By Bretton Love
Today, the world is facing a great threat. Millions of people have been affected by COVID-19 and as of now no cure or vaccine is available. As the world reacts to the pandemic, many people remain in self-quarantine due to the fear of getting infected by the virus and practicing social distancing as an effort to stop the spread of the virus. Being at home all day means many of you have found a lot of time on your hands.
For some people, they’ve taken this time to lean into gardening. The agriculture industry is fighting against the virus and if they fall to the coronavirus, so will our food supplies. That is why it is a perfect time to create your garden to help support our community as well as establish a relaxing and fun hobby that you can continue to go after once the quarantine has lifted.
Some are taking this time to do landscaping. Being a first-time landscaper puts you into a position where questions and concerns are most likely on top of your mind. Here are some of the tips you will want to know when you contemplate landscaping during this quarantine.
Know Your Needs and Wants
The first thing you need to do is to list down all the things you want to do in your garden. Do your kids need space to play, do you want to grow your vegetable. Answering these questions will help you get an idea where you want to place your plants, its a great starting point for people who are getting into landscape gardening. Ideas don’t have to be perfect some professionals start from a few lines and a couple of circles, then you can easily play around with ideas without a lot of time and commitment.
Find the Perfect Location
It is important to know where the sun and the wind blow around your house. Locate where is the sunniest spot in your area and evaluate the best places to plant trees. Avoid putting chairs or patios on areas where you put your plants. Outdoor garden with partial to full sunlight will allow you to grow a far wider variety of plants than the plant window sill. According to landscaping experts from Great Estates Landscaping, lighting can enhance your visitor’s experience and create an ambiance for your garden. Also, understand how you’ll water your plant from one area to another. Take into consideration your water strategy to know how and what to plant.
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Next comes the fun part, deciding what to plant. Start curating your different colorful garden. You can start by putting petunias, daylily, and coneflower. You can also grow coleus, which has colored leaves, which you can take inside your house as indoor houseplants. Start small and begin with a structure that allows you to easily move from the inside of your house to your patio. Due to the quarantine, many garden shops have to close to follow community guidelines, but many have turned their store available online that offers curbside pickup or door to door delivery.
Strategically place your plants to create frames to existing views. You can create new views by adding trees or shrubs as a focal point. Grow a row of shrubs like hydrangeas to give lively vibes to your outdoor experience. Plant trees that provide shade during summer and offer beautiful colors in fall. Perimeter plantings also make a good focal point. There are a lot of apps available for download to check other elements that will catch your attention and may apply it to your garden.
Focus on Patterns
Plants have different variations in terms of size, shape, and color. It is important to emphasize a good balance between repetition and new elements. Repetition gives a sense of togetherness, but you don’t want it to look monotonous. A random new element is better compared to having all different elements throughout.
Open to Change
In maintaining a landscape, it is natural that you might lose interest in some elements. It is okay to remove those out and try something new. You may also want to join garden clubs around your community, but if you are in quarantine and following community guidelines you can stroll around Facebook and other social media sites to get some insights and advice to share as you develop change.
While this may be a difficult and stressful time, take this opportunity to appreciate nature and witness the cycle of life in plants and by staying at home you’re helping to contain the spread of the virus.