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Gar­den Tips to cre­ate a healthy, beau­ti­ful gar­den

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IT’S that time of year when gar­dens come alive. Here are some ideas in land­scap­ing de sign and gar­den­ing trends to con­sider when tack­ling the pur­suit of cr eat­ing y our beau­ti­ful g ar­den. Plant indig enous tr ees It seems ob­vi­ous, but you will be sur­prised how many peo­ple s till go f or thir sty e xotics ins tead of beau­ti­ful lo­cal tr ees.

Even if y ou can onl y plant one lo­cal tr ee, do so now. It is go­ing to grow into a grand cen­tre­piece and f ocal point f or your gar­den. In y ears to c ome it will be im­port ant t o have your tr ee pro­fes­sion­ally trimmed on an an­nual b asis and it will be­come the com­fort­ing shel­ter un­der which your chil­dren play and the dap­pled canopy un­der which you en­ter­tain your guests. Great lo­cal trees to con­sider are white stinkwood, aca­cia or sweet thorn, wild oli ve, fever and y el­low­wood tr ees. Grow some gr ass Think t all gr asses, un­tid y gr asses — land­scape your g ar­den us­ing diff er­ent kinds of long and short gr asses t o cr eate a t ex­ture and c olour. Your home ’s e xten­sion Your gar­den is an ex­ten­sion of your home — treat it lik e another r oom.

So in ad­di­tion to the plants and trees, con­sider how to dec­o­rate and ac­ces­sorise your gar­den. A fea­ture wall painted in an e voca­tive c olour and even mir­rors can add another di­men­sion to your gar­den.

Colour will al ways be popular , but c on­sider that a gr een and w hite g ar­den, ag ainst neutr al struc­tures in stone and grey and with the nat­u­ral tones of w ood and b ark, makes for a fr esh and peace­ful mood.

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