It’s a new year, which means it’s a new life and time to spice up 2017’s garden! Don’t live in the past – renovate and recreate your favourite hobby! In these simple fifteen steps, your garden will be new in no time.

Step 1: Marking Your Space

It’s always good to plan your garden beforehand so as to avoid digging up grass in a space you might not end up using. Mark your chosen spaces with a hosepipe at first to get the correct perimeter for your garden. Then mark the edges with sand or flour. This creates a better guideline to work with.

Step 2: Remove the Grass

Spades come in handy in this operation. Dig up the unwanted grass in your new garden areas and the planting can commence!

Step 3: A Bad Weed Never Dies

The nasty plants don’t go down easily, but don’t try fighting them in vain. Do your research on the weeds that you are facing and make sure you go about your war correctly. As they say, don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. So be sure to know your enemy before going into battle.

Step 4: Edging Your New Bed

The whole point of edging is to prevent the grass from re-growing in your newly dug up garden area. Dig a trench about 8 inches deep and a few inches wide and this problem won’t occur.

Step 5: Dig!

If you notice any rocks or roots in your garden-area-to-be, you have probably come to the conclusion that they don’t belong there. Dig them up. This will also allow you to determine the soil type that you have at your disposal.

Step 6: Soil

Soil is crucial for plant growth because without the right soil, your plants won’t grow correctly. Make sure the soil you will be using will be good for the plants you want to grow there.

Step 7: Compost

Compost helps fertilise your soil so as to assist plant growth. You can always make your own compost if you have the desire to, but the idea is to dig it into your dug up garden area before you start planting.

Step 8: Landscaping Fabric

This isn’t compulsory to your gardening efforts, but it is recommended as a preventative measure against weeds. The idea is to install this into your bed and cut out holes in the required measurements of your future plants when the time comes. You will be weed free for a few years.

Step 9: Planning Your Plants

It helps to know the specifications on every plant you intend to plant in your bed. Plan to plant plants of similar types in the area so as to accommodate their needs simultaneously. Of course, before planting, space the plants out in the area to determine the correct amount of space each plant will require.

Step 10: Colour and Plant

This is the fun part of the entire exercise! Decide on plants that should be planted together based on colour. Then plant! Loosen or tease their roots before planting, especially if those specified plants are root bound.

Step 11: Transplant Your Plant

This can be tricky if you’re not familiar with the correct methods to do so. Every type of plant will have their own specifications – be sure to know about the requirements of your specified plant before transplanting it.

Step 12: Pest Control

Pests are a reality no one can avoid. Determine your other enemy so as to know what preventative measures to take.

Step 13: Labels

No one can remember all the plants they have at their disposal off by heart. Label them accordingly so that in years to come you won’t be struggling to recall the plant’s real name.

Step 14: Mulch

Mulch is simple, low maintenance and good for plants. It also prevents weeds and allows soil to maintain moisture, even during periods of drought.

Step 15: Water

Water your plants well. If the mulch you have used is dry, be sure to soak well because mulch will absorb the water before it can get to your plants.

There you have it! A wonderful weed-free garden in 2018! This year is going to be huge and your garden has got to emphasise that. Keep that in mind when shopping for your plants.

Happy Gardening!