Posts Tagged ‘Low Maintenance Garden’

Are you fed up with your front garden?

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

front garden artificial grass install essexFront gardens are seldom used – they’re purely for aesthetics, to make a property’s exterior look more attractive and appealing.  We Brits like our privacy, spending our Saturday afternoons relaxing round the back, away from prying eyes.  With such busy lives, it’s no wonder that many of us begrudge time-consuming maintenance at the front.

Front gardens tend to be smaller, because space at the rear is much more desirable.  No matter how big your lawn, it requires all the same maintenance – mowing, edging, weeding, fertilising.  And for such a small surface area, you probably question whether it’s worth it.

Ever threatened to gravel it over?  You won’t be the first.  In fact, according to the RHS, 23 per cent of front gardens in the South east are paved (over three quarters of surface area).  In the north east, this figure jumps to 47%.  But, hard landscaping is expensive and it’s not the same as looking at a lovely green lawn.   That’s where artificial grass comes in.

There’s no need to give up your grass.  Nor do you need to opt for a depressing gravel solution that will diminish the visual appeal of your home.  Artificial grass is relatively inexpensive, easy to install and gives you a beautiful, lush green lawn without the maintenance.  You can forget about the front, it won’t take up any more of your time – enjoy a gorgeous garden that looks just like the real thing.

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5 Low Maintenance Garden Landscaping Ideas

Friday, April 26th, 2013

low maintenance garden1.  Install a fake lawn

Mowing, watering, feeding and weeding your grass is probably one of the most time-consuming aspects of your garden upkeep.  While you may not even consider switching to ugly paving slabs, have you thought about artificial grass?  The only solution that gives you an immaculate, maintenance free lawn.

2.  Automated watering systems

A real time saver, you won’t need to waste 20 minutes a day standing there with a hose or watering can.  A good sprinkler systems does a better job too as coverage is more even.

3.  Go evergreen

Choose plants that don’t lose their leaves and save yourself the chore of raking and tidying.  Plus, your garden will look attractive all year round, with lush green plants and trees.  Conifer, Yew trees, Box shrub and Rhododendron are some of the best.

4. Take steps to prevent weeds

Use ground cover plants in between feature plants.  These will prevent weed growth and add more texture and interest to your borders and beds.  Alternatively, put down mulch or gravel.  While stone is more expensive that wood or bark chips, it is the most successful and will save you hours.

5.  Grow healthy plants

If your plants are strong and hardy, you won’t need to waste time on diagnosis and treatments.  Get a garden survey, or DIY with testing equipment available online.   Find out what the best plants are for your soil type and conditions and buy hardy, low maintenance species.

Check out the RHS plant selector tool

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