Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!

The same applies to your garden beds. There are some very good weed mattings available today and the garden mulches or pebbles are a must. Combine these two for low maintenance gardening, no weeds or very little in the way of weeds. Mass plantings will help stop weeds growing too, give plants some room to grow but keep them tighter than recommended. Be careful with ground covers as some of these can get out of hand too and become almost like a weed.

Mark the position of the existing plants and use a circle to show the amount of spread, allowing for future spread. Designating the spread of an existing tree’s canopy tells you how much sun the garden will receive. This is important because plants vary greatly in the amount of sun or shade they can tolerate. Also note any variations in soil conditions, like a boggy area, which you will need to know in selecting plants based on moisture tolerance.

Another cool feature of this free garden design software is the ability to watch the plants grow over the course of one, two and even five years. It’s not enough to just see what your garden will look like at a single snapshot moment when everything looks perfect. This free garden design software allows you to see what your garden will look like at different stages of its development.

Once you create a rock garden there will be little or no maintenance for it. But that’s contingent on you building the rock garden correctly to begin with. The last thing you want is for the rocks to shift during a rainstorm, or for grasses to constantly crop up through the gaps in the stone and have to be weeded away.

So does that make landscape lighting kits pointless? Not at all. There are plenty of applications that actually benefit from dimmer lighting. Border and path lighting meant strictly to outline a perimeter for safety doesn’t require all that much illumination. Likewise, smaller plants (particularly in newly planted gardens) do really well with less intense lighting. Over doing it is a very common beginner mistake so a landscaping kit may just save you from your own excessive ambition!

Use timers or switches to conserve energy. It does not make much sense to keep the lights on during the day. This can be just a plain waste of energy and money. Instead of running the risk of just leaving them on, either hook them up to timers that are light sensitive or use an easy-to-reach switch. Just make sure if the switch is used that it’s turned off when the lights really don’t need to be used.

A big upside, as already mentioned, is price. In my searching, I’ve found landscape lighting kits with up to 14 lights, a transformer and 100 feet of cable for as little as Usd. Seeing that price and the number of included lights really gets most folks excited when, in fact, it should prompt you to ask one question – why is the price so low?