Winter is almost over, which brings good news to all gardening enthusiasts all over the world. However, before you start your spring gardening, you should take note of the dos and don’ts of gardening to avoid alienating your neighbors and other gardening enthusiasts.
The Gardening Dos
Always be good to your neighbors. Whenever you plan on growing a different kind of plant in your garden, always talk to your neighbor. This is especially true if you are planning to plant something that has thorns like a rosebush. If the area you are planning to grow a rosebush is near your neighbor’s playground, it is best to consult them before you start a war with them. Never grow a plant without asking your friendly neighbor’s advise and approval.
Clean up your mess. It is vital that you clean up your own mess. If you have a big tree that is dropping leaves everywhere, then you should pick it up and clean it up. This is especially true if the leaves have fallen off your neighbor’s property. If you do this, you are creating a harmonious environment, not just for yourself and your neighbor, but also to everyone else in the community. In relation to dried leaves, if you are keeping a compost, make sure that it is not visible. Also, you have to make sure that it does not stink. You don’t want your neighbors calling the health department because of your stinky compost pile.
Think about beauty. It is important that you decide which color is visible in your garden. Colors like light blue, white, green and yellow are friendly to the eyes. They also look nicer and cooler. If you like vibrant and neon colored bearing plants, you might want to keep them to the minimum as they can be distracting, especially if you have your garden in front of your house. Going for a symmetrical look can also be too boring and generic. You can always keep in touch with your creative side and see which vibrant color you can use with the too generic ones.
Make use of local plants. As homeowners, it is understandable that you want to give your home a unique look by planting exotic plants that are not usually bought and found in your community. However, it is advisable to use plants that are found in your locality. The advantage of having local plants is that it will not be too difficult for you to maintain and care for them. Whereas, growing exotic plants bought from far away can be counter productive.
The Gardening Don’ts
Don’t be too competitive. It is a fact that neighbors, sometimes, can get very competitive. But, you don’t have to fuel it. This means that not planting trees that can ruin your neighbor’s chances of growing some of their own. This also means avoiding looming fences. Before you choose which tree to plant in your backyard or front yard, you always need to be the better person and consult your neighbors. If not, things could get ugly.
Don’t plant annoying plants. This means avoiding planting conifer trees as they have spiky leaves and prevent anything else from growing. This also means not buying a bamboo plant for privacy, or having some cordylines, pampas grass, and yucca in your backyard. They will only look your place old and outdated.
Don’t encourage noise. Some plants do need regular cleaning and trimming. But this does not mean that you have to trim them with a gas-powered trimmer in the wee hours when everyone is still sleeping. You can always do this on the weekends or when everyone else in your neighborhood is awake. And if you are going to have a party in your garden, don’t forget to invite your neighbors. And if they won’t attend, advise them of the noise that they may hear. Always, at all times, be a good neighbor.
Don’t over-do it. Using too many neon and bright colored plants are very counter productive. If you love colors like this, it may be something that is soothing to you. However, you should always remember that you and your neighbors are separate. In addition, having too many bright colored plants in your garden is a little bit too pushy. As mentioned earlier, try to keep it calm, organized, and in harmony. Make sure that you are not only planting for yourself, but also planting for your neighbors.