How To Control Light Levels In The Garden: 4 Quick Solutions

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One of the main things that all plants need is a good amount of light levels. That much we all know, but it is actually the case that different plants need different amounts of it, and at different times of the day. By giving each plant in your garden exactly what it needs, it is much more likely to thrive, and your garden will therefore be so much more likely to look its part. But how can you actually control the light levels in your garden? As it happens, there are a few ways to do this, so let’s take a look at them right now.

Controlling Light Levels

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Install An Awning

If you have the means, you might want to think about installing an awning or a roof patio in your garden. This way, you will have one area of the garden which essentially has a roof, but which you can still use for outdoor plants that do not want all that much sun. You can even get patio roofs that allow you to alter how much sun comes through them – this is the perfect solution, of course, and one that you should really think about. However, you approach it, having an awning of some kind can prove very useful for controlling light levels.

Plant Or Remove Trees

Any trees that you might have in the garden will naturally block light from small plants, so you will need to think about whether you need to remove some of those trees you might have – or indeed, whether you want to plant some new ones. In either case, it is a good idea to call in the professionals to do the job, whether that is a gardener or a local tree service who knows what they are doing. This is going to help you create the perfect light levels in your garden, and in each part of your garden for your plants to thrive.

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Use Lights

Of course, if you like you can always use some artificial lighting too, as this is going to allow you to make the light levels whatever you want them to be. This can be especially useful if you are trying to grow any plants that need a lot of light and extra at night, for instance, or if you want to try and simply have more light in the garden in general. Be careful about which type of artificial lighting you use, but in any case, it should be helpful in allowing you to create the space you want.

Netting & Other Options

If there are just one or two plants or areas that you want to have less light, you can always use a simple solution such as netting to achieve the right effect. After all, netting is cheap and easy to use, and yet it can block off partial light or complete light, as and when you might need that to happen. As you might imagine, this essentially gives you full control over what light your plants get throughout the garden, so it is something to think about.

One of the main things that all plants need is a good amount of light levels. By giving each plant in your garden exactly what it needs, it is much more likely to thrive, and your garden will therefore be so much more likely to look its part.

Final Thoughts on Light Levels

The light levels in your garden space and around your house are very important. Using awnings to control how much light is shed downward, or to protect from sun is a great way to control the light entering your space. You can also plant or remove trees to add or take some light away from the places you do or do not need it.

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