Locate all existing features on the property and the house, and be sure to include the following: Mark these features on the base plan as shown in Figure 19- 29. Call 811, a free utility locator service, before completing the basic plan and 48 hours before the start of digging (Figure 19-30). This service advises the services of electricity, phone, gas, water and water to come and mark the property. A different color aerosol paint is used for each utility. As a rule, the utility line is located underground in an area of 5 feet around the marked line, 2.5 feet on each side of the line.
Or, get a great landscaping book for your area to help you understand what to plant and when, and how and when to fertilize. You could plant a buffet rather than a garden if you do not consider what the garden animals or pests might be around. Before deciding what to plant in your garden, think about the pests you have depending on what you want to plant. For example, pretty flowering plants can attract deer, so you might want to throw some of them. Once they have the bad taste, they may stop coming back. If there are wild rabbits, you may need to shelter your garden bed by building a small fence.
Choosing the right plant in the right place reduces the need for irrigation water, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, and work. Native plants or indigenous species cultivars benefit the local ecosystem in a myriad of ways, including supporting insects, the main source of food for birds. breeders and other native species. In addition, they attract native pollinators, including birds, bats, butterflies, bees and moths, and provide food, shelter and habitat of choice for wildlife. Native plants also enhance the beauty of all types of gardens - from the formal model to the informal design and give a sense of place and regional history.
A week ago my backyard was almost flooded by a major downpour. I’m not complaining, Adelaide needs all the rain it can get, but it definitely got the wheels turning on installing the storm…