Many Minnesotans enjoy the spring and summer by tending to a garden. Creating a space to grow fruits, veggies, herbs, and flowers is not only a soothing hobby but can feed friends and family and create a beautiful ambiance in your yard.
Adding a garden is also a great way to add value to your home, though there are a few considerations you should think about before you select the perfect location.
Research Your Yard’s Layout
The first thing you need to do when figuring out where to place a garden is to think of how its placement might affect your home. Some elements of your yard can be changed, such as where you place a shed or set up a fire pit, but there may be factors hiding beneath the soil.
Underground elements such as utility lines or tree roots can’t be moved. If you begin digging underground and hit a utility line, it could spell big trouble and big fines–not to mention cause damage to your home. Call local authorities and check your records to make sure you’re aware of what lurks below the surface.
Find the Best Sun
Any plant life–even low-maintenance plants–will need at least partial sunlight. Once you decide which type of greenery you want, you can determine the best place for planting. If you are planting vegetables, fruits, or herbs, you’ll likely need a space that stays sunny most of the day.
Plants categorized as full sun require a completely unobstructed line to the sun. Partial sun or shade plants need to be blocked from the sun for at least some of the day, perhaps by a tree or a building.
Additional Yard and Garden Elements
Once you’ve crossed out any underground obstacles and studied the sunlight, you should have a few options for your new garden. To narrow it down further, you should also consider the other activities you and your family enjoy in the yard. For example, you may want to reserve a spot for a playground or gazebo.
You may also want to add hardscaping elements like outdoor pavers to solidify your garden space. If you have plans to expand or renovate other areas of the yard, there’s no use placing a garden near those areas. Lastly, consider how your greenery will need soil that has proper drainage and nutrients. If your lawn has poor drainage, aeration may help. You may need to treat your soil or add minerals to create the best environment for growth.
Create your Dream Yard with Land Concepts
Choosing the best space for your garden includes a lot of factors. However, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Land Concepts is here to support you and provide expert guidance along the way. Contact us for more information on everything you need to know to build the yard of your dreams.