I love to garden. I just need to fine tune a few things.
Enlist the advice of a gardening friend.
Take some pictures with notes of growing conditions to a local, small gardening center and ask knowledgeable staff for help.
Take a class at your extension office, community college, arboretum or conservatory and pick the brain of the participants and teacher.
Hire an hourly consult with a landscape designer to advise on making your vision a reality.
Final Words of Advice
for every type of gardener.....
Have fun: Spending time outdoors is a gift and a respite from the busy lives we lead. Gardening is great exercise for the body and soul.
Read Plant Tags: Know your planting zone, sun and water requirements. Plant the right plant in the right spot.
Get Help: Prevent costly mistakes by contacting your state's extension offices, and visit websites, libraries, local garden centers, courses at arboretums & conservatories, or consult a professional. A successful gardener asks questions and is constantly learning.
Prevent deer damage:Ask for help in identifying effective deer repellents and choosing deer-resistant plants.
Have a plan for maintenance: Identify if you need a monthly maintenance plan from a landscaper/gardener, weekly mowing, or an annual clean-up. Unless you pave your yard or plant plastic, outdoor spaces need maintenance.
Be realistic: Start small to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the time, energy and cost.
Take time to enjoy your space: Nature will astound you with it’s sights, sounds, smells, and textures.
What type of gardener are you? Occasional? Weekend Warrior? Garden Enthusiast? Townhouse Apartment? No matter your time or project, there are a few basic tools every gardener or homeowner needs.