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Creating a Terraced Garden

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Steep Bank Needing a Terrace Garden

Steep Bank Needing a Terrace Garden

Why Create A Terrace?

The decision to make a terrace garden is generally done so to end possible landslips, washouts from storms, or the bank is too steep to use a push mower safely. If the garden is at the front of a home the outlook can be quite stunning and value adds to the property because of the street appeal.

If the garden being constructed is steep, it may be necessary to request a visit from a landscape gardener to alleviate any concerns you may have such as the use of large rocks rolling and causing a destructive path, or the possibility of a person being hurt.

Placing Rocks Calls For Expertise

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Using Large Rocks to Create Rows

From a health and safety perspective, this is a job for a qualified landscaper who will use machinery to place the rocks in two or three rows. Digging the rocks into the ground far enough ensures even in the wettest winter the rocks still are seated in the soil. If the bank is quite steep, the rocks will need to be quite large, enough to hold the soil in layers and large enough that part of the rock can be ‘buried’ into the earth.

Once you are happy with the placement of the rocks, remember to also add one or two into each layer as features either sitting alone or in a small group. Again, if these rocks are huge, they will need to be adequately secured into the bank.

Consider filling the layers with topsoil bought from a reputable landscape supplier. If you have it delivered at the same time as the rocks are being placed, the use of machinery to lift and dump the soil will make the job a lot easier especially if the bank is very steep.

Planting Out a New Garden is Fun

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Beautiful Colours About to Bloom

The fun is about to begin. You can now start planning your garden and think about what you hope to achieve as the result. Do you want lots of birds in your garden? A bird feeding station, using mainly natives to your local area, or a feature garden showing some spectacular color?

Check out social media for plants and garden groups, many of these groups have very cheap plants or cuttings available which will keep the cost of your new garden well under budget.

Consider also that most local Councils have a Landcare site selling native plants. The cost is well in anyone’s budget. Because the plants have been grown and potted locally, you know they will thrive in your garden. Planting a native garden will bring in many varieties of birds, honeyeaters, parrots, and there is a very good reason to bring in bees to the plants for cross-pollination. Bees as we know are vital to our world to balance different ecosystems.

Planting your garden needs thought also. If you buy plants make sure you read the label to decide how high the plant will grow. A good idea to place the plants out on the soil making sure you have left enough space for the width of the plant also; some native species will branch outwards more than others so will need room to do so. Place the plants that will grow higher towards the back of each terrace and the smaller and lower ones at the front, this will ensure that all plants receive the sunlight they need to survive.

Also remember the plants that will grow taller than the others need to be in the lower terrace on a steep block, which means they may never block the view at the front of the house for many years.

Remember to mulch your new garden to help the plants keep moist, help with any potential washout, and stop any weeds from taking over your new garden.

As time goes on you can add more color to your terraced garden by either adding in annuals such as petunias or dianthus which will be a blaze of color for the summer days. If you have small spots that need filling, perennials such as ever-lasting daisies and coleus can make a garden look smart.

Keep an eye on your new plants to make sure the spot you have chosen suits them, some plants like all sun, some like all shade. If you notice you have planted one in the wrong area, prune it back and move it to a part of the garden that may be more suitable.

Once you are happy with your new garden, sit back, relax, and watch it grow.

In Just 12 Months a Newly Established Garden

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Jackee Ashwin

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