Landscaping, as we all know, requires lots of time and effort. For anyone new to gardening, it can be tempting to ‘plant first, landscape later’. With great enthusiasm to get plants in the ground, corners are cut – the most being soil preparation and the building of adequate planting beds.
Without soil improvement (compost, bentonite clay etc) our dry, sandy soil can make it tough to get plants established. Landscaping such as terracing and retaining walls, are especially critical for sloping ground. Plants on slopes with little soil improvement can struggle. Our local soil is often ‘hydrophobic’ meaning it doesn’t accept water well and irrigation runs over the surface downhill, never reaching the plant’s roots.
Professional landscaping with adequate preparation can be a wise investment – also as many types of plants can be purchased from wholesale nurseries at reduced cost.