Spring is on its way, and that means it’s time to start planning our gardens. Homeowners are left with deciding whether or not to hire out a gardening service or to get your hands dirty and tend to your own garden.
Let’s review the best of both worlds and see what additional gardening programs are available for homeowners in Long Beach and surrounding areas.
When to DIY Your Garden
If spending time in your garden, planning, planting, weeding, and nurturing sounds like your idea of fun (or peace and serenity), then feel free to do your own gardening. This hobby can be extremely rewarding and relaxing.
DIY gardens are best for smaller gardens that require less work, smaller plants, and basic fruits and vegetables.
When to Call in the Professionals
Consider hiring help if you have a sizeable garden, big plans, or are unsure about the best way to go about designing your garden. Professionals have experience in creating the right aesthetic space, as well as understanding which plants work well together, and how to care for them properly. Hire help if you plan on creating any of the following: a new deck area, a water feature, new drainage, xeriscaping, a porch, any structure that requires planning permission.
Consider Water Usage & Tree Planting
Whether you plan to plant yourself or hire help, be sure to consider water usage with your gardening plants. There are many drought-resistant plants that will help you save water and still live a vibrant life.
The Institutional Turf Replacement Program offers special assistance for those willing to replace their turf with native, drought-resistant Californian plants. The Habitat Corridor Project also offers free garden and landscaping plans for restorative gardens to protect the ecosystems of Long Beach, Lakewood, and Signal Hill.
How about adding a useful, gorgeous fruiting tree to your garden? Lucky Long Beach residents can take part in the “I Dig Long Beach” project which offers sustainable fruiting trees to residents as well as other environmentally friendly initiatives.