Does our recent warming trend inspire you to start a garden? Spring is advancing, but it's not too late to raise vegetables or flowers on your Mansfield area property if you start right away.
Whether you're embarking on your first vegetable garden on your new property, or you're landscaping with flowers to make your home stand out from other Mansfield homes for sale, a garden pro can help. So can our agents with other valuable tips for improving your home and landscape.
Tips for Starting a Garden
- Plan your garden
If you're a garden novice, consult a pro at the local garden store or a horticulturist at your local extension service for advice. You can also go online and find garden planning kits to help you design your garden, or consult websites and books to develop a plan.
- Look for the right spot
As a rule, planting on the southern and eastern sides of a property will provide optimum sunlight. Afternoon sun on the west side can be too harsh, while the northern side of your home may not get enough sun. Too many trees? While you may not want to take trees down so that your flowers or vegetables grow better, perhaps you can thin some branches so that light can filter in.
Look for level areas, with good drainage. Avoid sites that tend to bog down when it rains.
- Improve the soil.
Before you even dream of buying plants, start improving your soil. That usually means double digging to a depth of 2 feet to remove rocks and roots and to add good quality soil and compost.
- Choose your plant palette
Armed with your new knowledge, you're ready to choose your plant palette. Be cognizant of the plants' blooming seasons, and when planting, weave colors together as if in a painting. Only you can decide on the look you want to achieve, but you'll be more successful if you go native. Native plants are more likely to prosper with local soils and growing conditions.
With new cultivars, try out a few sample plants at first, planting in threes for a more natural, harmonious look.
- Choosing vegetables
Choose vegetable plants according to whether they are cool season, hot season, or late fall-bearing. For instance, tomatoes need warm weather and full sun, while greens can prosper in spring or fall (and some shade).
Want to sample some of our area's finest garden centers? Here are three you'll love.
- Wade Gardens Landscaping and Gift Shop - 3360 Possum Run Road, Mansfield, OH 44903
While touring Mansfield homes for sale, visit Wade Gardens for landscape consultation, including custom garden design, irrigation planning, lighting and hardscape (stones and pavers) design. Call ahead and get curbside delivery of trees and shrubs, mulch, and other landscaping supplies.
- Alta Florist and Greenhouse - 935 S. Home Road, Mansfield, OH 44906
A florist shop and a nursery, Alta's has an abundant supply of locally grown plants, chosen for our climate and carefully tended so you have healthy plants when you put them in the ground. Shop for annuals or perennials, trees or shrubs, vegetables, or herbs.
- Arnold's Landscaping and Garden Center - 3128 Park Ave., Ontario, OH 44906
Visit Arnold's garden center, just a 4.5-mile drive from Mansfield, and check out Ontario homes for sale, while shopping for annuals and perennials, shrubs and trees, and garden accents. All plants are Ohio-grown and are acclimated to our climate.
Looking for the right garden spot in the Mansfield area? Our real estate agents can help with a virtual tour. Contact us today.