by Amy Gordon
(last updated June 11, 2018)
When you are gardening, you will have the best result if you look up the gardening zone you live in and find plants that will grow well in those zones. Gardening zones, however, are not limited to a world, national, or even city level. If you want to have great results and have a diverse range of plants, you should set up gardening zones in your own yard. While these may not be as complex as a worldwide gardening zone, they can still be very helpful for knowing what to grow.
If you want to get really complex in your garden zoning, you are going to want to test the soil in various parts of your yard to discover exactly what kind of soil you have. If you have a large yard, it is at least recommended that you test areas that appear to be different from each other. You should write down on a map of your own what the different areas area like. Along with soil type, you should put down important information such as how much sun the ground receives, how much foot traffic you expect, and anything you else you think will be relevant for your map.
After you have your map written out, you should look up plants that will grow in different environments. If you have highly acidic soil, you should find flowers that will grow in that condition. If you have areas that are shady, you can find plants that love the shade. Write this information down on your map. Even if you lawn is all mostly the same, you should put down what you want to grow in which areas. That way, when you go to plant, you will not be doing it haphazardly. It is best if in the different areas you put together plants that will help each other grow.
While this may seem like a simple tip, many people forget to plan out their garden. Make the best use you can of your lawn by planning ahead of time and make it look great as you plant.
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