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Why You Should Keep Your Garden Separate from Your Lawn

More and more people have embraced the benefits of a home garden, whether for the air-freshening benefits of the plants, the mental health benefits of a brightly colored spread of flowers, or for the easy access to freshly grown fruits and vegetables. Even if you just want a nice little flower patch or an herb garden, it’s important to ensure that your lawn and garden aren’t sharing borders. Whether you separate them with a walkway or just a half-foot strip of bordering, this article highlights four reasons why your garden and lawn need their own space.


Different Watering Needs

You may think that your lawn sprinkler system can spray over your garden with no trouble. However, different plants have different watering needs, and depending on what you’re planting in your garden space, your lawn sprinklers could either over or under-water your plants. Flowers, herbs, and even shrubs have specific requirements and therefore need their own sprinkler systems installed. Most gardens incorporate drip sprinklers to maintain a consistent level of soil moisture, while other gardens necessitate the use of misting sprays on the plant itself. Whatever the needs of your garden, make sure that you do the research and keep your garden and lawn separated to avoid one sprinkler system conflicting with the other.

Different Soil Needs

Your garden may have different soil needs than your yard does, according to an article on the San Fransisco Gate website. Generally speaking, if you’re planning a raised bed or a garden, you should have gardening soil. Topsoil, which runs from about five to seven inches deep, doesn’t have the texture that gardening soil does. It also doesn’t hold the moisture that gardening soil does, making it better for general yard and lawn use. Whichever soil is used where, however, doesn’t change the fact that both lawn grass and garden plants need the nutrients that the soil carries. Even if you’ve given them different soil types, the roots of your plants will have to compete for nutrients if they are grown too close together. Soil travels over time, and your two soil types will become intermingled, making your lawn overgrown and your garden starved for those essential nutrients that bring vibrant colors to the flowers and leaves, as well as the health benefits to the produce. Ensure that both your lawn and your garden have lots of room for their roots to spread, and having that extra buffer space between will make it much less likely that the wrong soil type travels to the wrong area.

Seeds Sharing

Dandelions in some regions of the world are grown intentionally as a crop, and morning glories make for beautiful decorative potted flowers. When allowed to grow where they weren’t wanted, however, both become weeds that are difficult to remove. This can be true with any plant. Grass growing in your garden space, crowding the plants already placed there can be extremely difficult to entirely remove, and many garden flowers and herbs can become eyesores when cropping up inside your lawn. All plants seek to spread their seeds, however, which makes it important that you give each their designated space. If your lawn is right up against your garden, both garden and lawn will spread their seeds to the other, creating hours of weeding work for you. If you have a buffer space between the two, however, you can lay stones or paving that prevent the plants from spreading out, or even just dig up any sprouts without having to worry about uprooting the wrong plant along with it.

Casting Shade

While some plants enjoy the shade, your lawn is not one of them. While grass generally only requires six to eight hours of sunlight, taller plants like those grown in a garden can block the light from reaching the patches of lawn closest to them and create unsightly splotches of dead grass. If you’re planting trees in your garden, some shading will be unavoidable, but a little buffer room can go a long way for shrubs, flowers, and produce. If you want your lawn to stay bright and green, take some time to figure out how tall your garden plants will grow and plan accordingly so that their shadows don’t cast long over your grass.

Not all plants are meant to be close neighbors, and odds are that the plants in your garden and the grass on your lawn are incompatible for growing snug against each other. Even if you don’t plan to cover every inch of garden space with plants, that designated garden area is still host to roots and nutrients that shouldn’t be crossing over to the lawn, and vice versa. Both plants have different needs, and for the needs they share, you don’t want them to have to compete to meet them. To ensure that the flora of your yard grow healthy and strong, it’s best to keep your garden and your lawn well separate from one another.

Author Bio: Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family.  She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise.  Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons.  You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here <> and Twitter right here <>.*


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