More in Outdoors
Materials and Tools:
shrubs, ornamental grass, flowers
garden tractor with backhoe, tiller and front loader attachments
landscape chalk spray
Creating a new garden is easy if you have the right equipment.
Start by choosing a location. Garden should be as open and level as possible; do not place it on a steep slope or in a low-lying area.
Read planting suggestions for what you want to plant and figure in enough space for plants to grow.
Use garden hose or rope to experiment with shape. When you're happy with location and shape, spray borders with landscape chalk spray.
Cut down small trees or shrubs in garden area. Use tractor with backhoe attachment to remove stumps.
Use tiller attachment to loosen soil and dig up grass, and rake out as much grass as possible.
Use backhoe attachment to loosen and remove rocks and roots. Haul away unusable dirt, rocks, roots, stumps, etc. with front loader.
Test soil and amend as necessary.
Till soil again to mix and aerate.
Anchor design with large rocks.
Small groups of like plants create a more pleasing pattern than plants scattered singly. Keep in mind texture and color as you place flowers and shrubs.
If planting potted plants, arrange them across bed until you're happy with configuration. If planting vegetables and seeds, place them far enough apart for expansion and easy access.
Finish garden with natural border of plants like hostas or pachysandra.