A pretty-looking, evenly-manicured green lawn can easily garner the praises of neighbors and passers-by, but many homeowners are now switching their mowers with shovels. Your existing front yard can become a landscape garden of your favorite edibles, which is more sustainable and economical, but beautiful in its own way.
Growing your garden in the front yard has its benefits. For years, landscaping experts always thought that the backyard is and will always be the favored spot for a vegetable garden, but the front yard also has promising real estate and strategic location to grow your tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis, and other vegetables.
If you’re thinking of transforming your front yard into an edible landscape garden as well, here are the top ways to keep in mind.
Taking out the Sod
You need healthy and nutrient soil to grow your vegetables on, and the green grassy lawn hardly makes it the perfect place. You need to remove the grass first before you can plant the vegetables into garden beds. You need to remove the grass first before you can plant the vegetables into garden beds.
Take the lawn out by cutting it into strips with a turf cutter, rolling out the grass until you reveal the soil. Don’t throw the ripped sods though. You can flip it over on the ground with the roots facing upwards. Next, cover the ground with ten sheets of newspaper. Add a 6-inch layer of compost, then a 4-inch layer of mulch to create a new healthy layer of soil.
Choose Your Site
Building a vegetable garden in your front yard already gives you the advantage of getting more sun, but you’d still want to choose the site appropriately. Depending on the vegetables you intend to plant, make sure to pick a suitable location where the veggies get the proper amount of sun and shade. It’s also essential to pick a spot where there’s a nearby water source, making it easier for you to hydrate the plants during the hot and humid weather. Also, mind the pests, make sure to eliminate bugs and fleas in the area. If necessary, you can contact a San Francisco exterminator.
Plan Out Your Garden
Determine what vegetables you want to grow in your front garden. Ideally, you should pick those that you and your family love to eat to avoid waste.
Second, determine the correct locations for each plant. Veggies that grow tall like peas and tomatoes should be at the far back of the garden. When they start to grow, support their weight with trellises. Vegetables that don’t go up very tall like eggplants, cabbages, and squash should take the front. Lastly, consider putting herbs like basil, oregano, mint, and parsley around the garden beds to prevent pests from attacking your other plants.
Third, choose the accessories you should add to make it look stunning. You can pick rocks, colored pots, and even recycled materials to make your garden look alive. To ease on this part, you can also hire landscape experts to do the job.
Create the Beds
Although you can opt to plant your vegetable seeds or starters directly on the soil, planting them into raised garden beds is also an excellent idea to further add beauty to your yard and give the roots more space to move. Measure the desired dimension for each bed and then pick your edging material. In most cases, old brick and antibacterial wood should work. However, stay away from any treated lumber as they can be toxic to your plants.
Create a Pathway
Although the purpose of the vegetable garden is more of economic than aesthetics, you still want to keep it attractive. Adding a pathway defines the shape and form of your vegetable garden as well as provide easy foot access for when you need to pull out weeds, water the plants and add mulch. Pathways give an elemental design to the garden, so it looks appealing and organized. It also looks nice at night, adds outdoor lighting will turn it into a fantastic sight at night.
Converting your front lawn into a vegetable landscape garden has a lot of incredible benefits. But the most important perhaps is the access to food you planted, grew, and harvested by yourself. True, converting the front yard into a garden is not very popular in most urban places, but it makes sense economically. When you come to think of it, the healthy food you need to feed your family with is just right there, out front. Plus, you have a beautiful landscape that gives you a relaxing and refreshing feeling all day.