Novice gardener

edel grunn asked 13 years ago

I am a novice gardener. I have a large mature neglected garden.115I would really love to take care of my garden. where do I begin. I feel overwhelmed.

1 Answers

Gerry Daly Staff answered 6 years ago
With a neglacted mature garden, it is best to take some time to assess what is there and this will take a full year, as bulbs pop up and perennials and shrubs flower.

Take note of good plants and identify them, make a list.

In the meantime, keep the lawn cut and keep weeds at bay as best possible.

Also use the time to make a list of what you want from the garden and what good aspects the garden has.

When you have done this, you will have a better feel for the garden, what is offers and what you want, what to get rid of and what to keep.

But hasten slowly and try to understand what is there, but not everything old is necessarily good, and new plants and new features can be added.

Unwanted flowers and shrubs can be taken out over a period of time, or all at once, and new plants planted. Weeds that are out of control can be cut down with a brushcutter and covered with black plastic to kill them, or spray with Roundup.

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