You should know that gardening is not a science and even the most experienced gardeners make mistakes. But learning the basics of gardening would be very helpful to get you started.
Here are a few tips to get you started as a beginner from scratch:
1. Carry out a thorough sanitation
The first and most important thing you need to do is clean up. Mow the weeds and grass and rake them out.
2. Frame your garden beds
You need to create a break between the grass and the garden. By using a flat shovel to cut along the edges of your proposed garden bed. You can get creative here and design it with curves instead of the usual straight lines used.
You can also mulch the soil to restrain the weeds and also preserve the soil moisture. If you have few plants, it is very vital to mulch. But while mulching, you should be careful of the layers and the thickness. It should not be more than 4 inches thick and also make room around the base of every plant.
4. Frame the lawn along your drive and sidewalks
Framing your sidewalks and drive can be compared to your makeup application. When you apply a little eyeliner under the eyelid and on top, it makes your eyes pop right? The same thing applies here also. When you carefully edge it like your flower bed, it brings out the beauty of the lawn.
5. Decide where you want to start
You have to decide where you want to start from. Most people pick the front yard because it is a part that is seen every day and used frequently.
6. Pick a style
Here you decide the type of gardening style you want. A style that suits your home and personality. Do you like informal or formal? Symmetry? The happy mess of Cottage garden style? Etc.
It helps to go through gardening style books and pictures till you see the style or idea you crave or get an inspiration.
7. Evaluate conditions
You need to assess your garden conditions, like the lightening. If the sun in your garden is very harsh, you need to consider plants that can handle much sun and let go of your dreams of plants that take less sun like peonies and roses.
Also, check your store for what you have and what you do not need and let go of them.
8. Sit back and bask in the beauty
After your hard work, it is necessary to lean back and enjoy the beauty you created and watch your creation grow.