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13 top tips for small gardens

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Landscaping professionals are very talented individuals with an important skillset when it comes to improving the quality of our homes and the standard of our lives. Here at homify, 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 expertise while not having to go to extensive costs? 

How much mulch is too much? How much watering does your garden, with its specific mix of plants, actually 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! Below, we have included 13 gardening secrets that are known to all in the trade, but are not always apparent to your average homeowner. Take a look at these handy tips and see if we've tackled everything you've been wondering about…

1. Plan with perspective

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 bags

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

3. Don't add plants everywhere

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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

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Des Ewing Residential Architects

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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

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Des Ewing Residential Architects

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Des Ewing Residential Architects

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

6. Clever soil

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Des Ewing Residential Architects

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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

However, aim for odd numbers as they look better.

8. Don't 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 will grow through, or on top of it, eventually.

10. Most lawn fertilizers have too much nitrogen in them

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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. Cetain popular species of plants are very invasive

Do your research before you decide on them.

12. Place plants together which have complementary colours

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Aralia

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Aralia

For example, purple and yellow blooms are amazing together.

13. Keep to one inch of water a week

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Aralia

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Aralia

Don't be tempted to saturate them!

Now, we hope that this ideabook had been somewhat insightful as to how to treat your garden like a professional. Next, mae sure you have a great garden fence for your home. 

Which one of these gardening tips are you most likely to use?
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