One of the things that first attracted me to the field of garden design and landscaping was what I called “the garden paradox”: while everyone wants a garden and the dimensions and shape of these areas play an important role in the decision-making process when choosing a home, it doesn’t take long for a garden to be neglected or downright forgotten. I often come across homeowners who complain about just how hard and time-consuming it is to keep their garden looking great, and do not get me wrong, looking after a garden requires some effort. But do you really need to spend countless hours every week working on the yard? Is there any way around garden maintenance? The answer is yes, and it is called low maintenance garden design. Read on for some simple tips on how to get the most out of your garden without being forced to spend most of your free time working on it.
Creating a Low Maintenance Garden: The Basics
Let’s start with the basics, which in this case, inevitably mean the grass. Lawn problems are by far the most common complaint I find in my job. Invasive weeds, discoloured or bald patches, bug infestations, pests, you name it, and I have probably had to deal with it. I have also known homeowners who have tried every possible option only to find out that the pH of their soil was deficient, and there is little they could do about it. Or is there? If you have children, pets, soil pH issues, or little time to dedicate to your garden, fitting artificial grass might be the best option. Companies like Perfect Grass Ltd. can fit your garden with realistic artificial grass patches so that you get to enjoy your garden without having to spend time and money in maintenance.
Mix and Match
This point is linked to the above paragraph: remember that a garden does not necessarily have to be lined with grass, or at least, not in every section. For a low maintenance garden, take the mix and match approach, where you replace sections of grass with gravel, paving slabs, garden ornaments, pathways, or bark chippings. Doing this will not only create a stylish garden that stands out from the rest. But it will also mean that you cut back on maintenance time.
Choose your Plants Wisely
Plants are the lifeblood of a garden, but you need to think carefully about which plants require less maintenance, so you don’t end up spending more time caring for them than actually enjoying them. Consider planting well known low maintenance plants, such as phlox, sedum, liriopes, lamium, stachys, alium, scotch heathers, campanulas, lilies of the valley, hostas, and do not forget to include some easy to care for herbs, such as thyme, sweet basil, rosemary, or sage.
Ultimately, you know best how much time you want to invest in your garden, so my final word of advice is keep it simple and if in doubt, consult a professional.