Gardens: DIY tips for the New Homeowner

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Gardens are to the outside of a house what painting is to the inside. An expression of yourself and your values.

If you just moved into your house, you might be eager to start a garden or dig up what’s already there. Don’t jump into it too soon. With a little patience, you can save yourself having to redo your garden next year.

Check out your hardiness zone. Believe it or not, Connecticut has four different zones ranging from 5b to 7a. Check out what your zone is before buying plants you’re not familiar with.

Watch where the sun and shade hit your yard. You may have seen your new house once or twice before signing. How many weeks ago was that? The placement of sun and shade has probably changed since then. If you were planning to put a rose bush in that perfect sunny spot near the deck, double check to make sure the sun still hits that spot.

Consider why the previous owners planted what they did. Did the previous owners live in the house for years? If so, they might have planted that ugly bush because it’s the only thing to grow under that specific tree. Or maybe those arborvitae are blocking the sound from the street. Don’t cut down anything too soon. Take some time to wonder why a plant, tree or shrub is in a specific location.

Where’s the faucet? You might want a vegetable garden on one side of the house. But of the hose is on the other side, you’re going to do a lot of lugging. Keep in mind where your water supply is. Whether it’s a hose or a rain barrel, you’ll want easy access for your new gardens.

Look at your neighbor’s garden. What’s growing in the neighborhood? Take a stroll around and make a mental note of what you like. Chances are, it’ll grow in your yard too.

We want to congratulate you on your new home and give you the chance to express yourself with the perfect garden.

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