It’s amazing how quickly things can go awry when you turn your back.  In the case of your outdoor spaces, a languid summer can soon turn to cause for alarm.  While you back was turned, a jungle was taking hold.

Before you get out the machete and make like Dr. Livingstone, we’re going to talk about garden editing:  a great way to reinvigorate your landscape, without having to hack through the underbrush.

Take Stock

We’re going to start by asking you to take stock of what’s in your garden.  What is it that you really enjoy about it?  Are there areas where you feel plants are starting to crowd their neighbors and detract from the overall effect you’re going for?

Look for areas of overcrowding and for plants which may have ceased to contribute to the whole.  You’re still going to have to prune back trees which have gone wild during the warmer months and trim bushes and shrubs which have similarly given new meaning to the word “wild life”.

But garden editing is about ruthlessly identifying plants, shrubs and even trees which are no longer serving your garden.  Sometimes, it’s better to make a clean break, right?

The Dynamic Garden

Creating a garden is little like playing God.  You create, from natural elements, your version of what nature around you should look like.  But as you do that, you’re manipulating living things which, without your intervention, are in a dynamic conversation with each other.

This is where you can restore some balance.  Look at the all the plants in your garden as part of a whole.  Which ones are taking over the show?  Which are suffering due to this omnipresent tendency?

You are a Ruthless Garden God/Goddess

Now that you’ve got the lay of the land and better understand the natural dynamics of your garden, it’s time to let the thunderbolts fly ruthlessly from your fingertips.

Every gardener has a relationship with the growing things in his or her garden, but editing your garden intelligently means owning up to what may have been poor choices, or the fact that a plant is no longer at home in its environment.

Your editing efforts should be informed not only by the way you feel about any given plant, but by factors like maintenance and other plants in the vicinity which are being affected.

Sometimes, a plant has such great significance to you, that you’ll keep it – maintenance or no maintenance.  At other times, you’re willing to part with it for the sake of other plants it’s making life difficult for.

Perennials Make Life Easier

Besides being perfectly delightful additions to any garden, they’re easy to reconfigure.  So, if you find that your garden is getting crowded in one area, you simply dig up the perennials in need of more sun, space or both and move them somewhere else.

That’s a simple, guilt-free edit!

Need professional support, intrepid gardener?  Fear not.  Creative Images Landscape is here to help. We’re not afraid of a little garden editing!