Luxuriant, colourful landscape can be one of the most gratifying aspects of home ownership-but not if you’re too busy mowing grass, raking leafs, pruning overgrown trees and shrubs. Fortunately, an easy care landscape that allows you greater freedom from just being interesting and attractive as one needing himicgh maintenance, if it’s properly planned and the plants are well-chosen.
Ease of care isn’t necessarily related to the size of a property. A tiny garden can require high maintenance, while a large one can be easy to care for. The difference lies in the design and plant selection. While others say that “easy care means that the gardens will take care of themselves”, but that’s a slight exaggeration. Easy care “means just that, but not effortless. Almost any kind of garden can be made easy care, so don’t settle for something you don’t really want for the sake of low maintenance.
Whether renovating an existing landscape or installing a new one, you can plan for low maintenance by just considering the needs of your landscape.
Here are some Tips which we believe will guide you to achieving an Easy Care Garden.
- Choose easy-care long-lived perennials and flowering shrubs rather than high maintenance annuals to provide floral beauty.
- Choose disease-resistant, well-adapted plants that don’t need constant pest proofing, watering, pruning, staking, or other pampering.
- Plant dwarf or slow-growing types of shrubs, which won’t need routine pruning to keep them in bounds.
- Choose trees with compound leaves (leaves made up of two or more tiny leaflets) to make fall raking an easy chore.
- Under plant trees with groundcovers fallen leaves and debris, to reduce clean up.
- Reduce the size of the lawn and replace the turf with groundcovers, hardscapes, or mulched shrubs border.
- Keep to a minimum unconnected lawn areas and specimen plantings in the lawn to ease mowing chores.
- Install permanent borders or edgings between the lawn and planting beds to eliminate the need for weekly trimming of lawn edges and to grass out of shrub and flower beds.
- Install weed barriers beneath gravel, paving, or mulched plants to prevent weeds.
- Last, but not least consult with a professional Garden Designer when deciding on a Plan for your garden.