Designing a low maintenance garden
While it may not be possible to have a no-maintenance garden, a low-maintenance garden is within your reach.
Here are some tips:
The style of garden you choose will have a major impact on how much upkeep will be involved. A formal garden, for example, is higher maintenance than you might think with its hedges, topiaries and patches of lawn in need of constant trimming. Less fussy styles include Mexican and Tuscan are easier to manage because of their reliance on hard landscaping features.
While undeniably appealing, special features like fountains, ponds, topiaries, hedges, parterre gardens and gravelled areas all require ongoing care and maintenance.
Choice Of Plants:
Be smart about what plants you buy and where you put them. Basically, put shade-loving plants in shady spots and sun-loving plants in sunny, more exposed positions or you’ll be engaged in a constant battle to keep them alive. And match your plants to local conditions so that they’ll need less nurturing. Also, avoid messy trees, like jacarandas, or you’ll be forever sweeping up dropped leaves and blooms and don’t forget to check on the mature height of plants. If you place a tall-growing shrub under a kitchen window, for example, it will need regular trimming.
Lawns require a lot of work - mowing, edging, fertilising, weeding - so consider replacing yours with a paved area, garden beds, an expanse of groundcover or a wildflower meadow. If you do have a lawn, create a solid edge around the perimeter to keep the edges tidy and to make mowing easier
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