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13 things a gardener won't tell you for free (but we will)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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We love gardeners and all the incredible projects that they oversee and nurture. However, for those in-between times, when just a little self-maintenance is needed, wouldn't it be great to have access to their brains? 

How much mulch is too much? How much watering does your garden need? These are the kinds of questions that are really pertinent for your approach to gardening, but nobody wants to give you the answers for free, apart from us! 

Take a look at these handy tips and see if we've tackled everything you've been wondering about…

1. Start your planning by thinking about how your garden will look from inside the house

The street view is far less important!

2. Ditch the mower bag

Compost the clippings for a free and easy way to nourish your beds.

3. Don't add plants everywhere

​Scandinavian style log cabin.: scandinavian Garden by Garden Affairs Ltd
Garden Affairs Ltd

​Scandinavian style log cabin.

Garden Affairs Ltd

Otherwise you'll have a weeding nightmare come spring. Trust us, less is more!

4. Check your mulch ingredients

Lime render finish provides a soft natural tone to this new country house set on top of a drumlin: classic Garden by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

Lime render finish provides a soft natural tone to this new country house set on top of a drumlin

Des Ewing Residential Architects

While coloured ones are pretty, they can also be poisonous.

5. Don't worry about thin layers of leaves on your lawn

New build replica home set in conservation area: classic Garden by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

New build replica home set in conservation area

Des Ewing Residential Architects

You can just mow over them and they'll turn to protective mulch.

6. Clever soil

Classical Neo-Georgian country house with stone coach house, courtyard and tennis court: classic Garden by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

Classical Neo-Georgian country house with stone coach house, courtyard and tennis court

Des Ewing Residential Architects

You can send a soil sample off to your local environment agency to find out what nutrients your soil needs.

7. You can plant more than one of something you love

But aim for odd numbers as they look better.

8. You'll probably dig your beds too narrow

Go wider and a little further away from the house.

9. Anti-weed fabric is a waste of money

Pesky weeds wither grow through, or on top of it, eventually.

10. Most lawn fertilisers have too much nitrogen in them

Contemporary Surrey Garden with Outdoor Kitchen.: country Garden by Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design
Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design

Contemporary Surrey Garden with Outdoor Kitchen.

Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design

So they won't be as beneficial as you think!

11. Certain popular species of plants are very invasive

Do your research before you decide on them.

12. Choose plants that are opposite each other on the colour wheel for a great impact

Rundle House: rustic Garden by Aralia
Aralia

Rundle House

Aralia

For example, purple and yellow blooms are amazing together.

13. One inch of water a week is the right amount for lawns

Josselyn's: classic Garden by Aralia
Aralia

Josselyn's

Aralia

Don't be tempted to saturate them!

For more handy gardening advice, take a look at this Ideabook: 17 Tips For A Beautiful Garden You Can Basically Ignore.

Are there any other questions you need answered?
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