Landscaping is one of the absolute joys of owning a home. It’s where one can put time and energy into something they want. The benefits are immediate, and the aesthetics are worth it. Unfortunately, most of us still have to go to work.
Most of us still have obligations and responsibilities outside of the yard.
We could always hire expensive landscapers to keep up with the growing and changing rotation of plants. But a better option is to make our gardens low-maintenance, to begin with. That way, we keep all the good looks at half of the work.
Here are 4 great landscaping ideas to get that low maintenance beauty going.
We don’t make gardens so we can look at them from afar. We design, work, and create so we can enjoy them up close. This is why durable garden pieces are so important.
Stylish and sturdy teak garden furniture lends itself to a cozy aesthetic with minimal upkeep.
Furniture like that is pretty much plugged and played. It’s incredibly low maintenance and just requires a bit of cleaning and polishing every once in a while. Nothing like the flimsy patio chairs you get at the local hardware store.
If you’re going to go with stone for walkways and such, choose one that won’t crack under pressure. The best you can find is bluestone.
It’s smooth, amazingly dense, and looks tremendous. You can walk on it barefoot and not be afraid of the jagged edges.
They’re also textured enough to prevent most slippage. Remember, the stones you choose will affect how you navigate through your garden. The denser and slip-preventive it is, the more peace of mind you’ll have walking through.
One of the biggest pains, when gardening is fertilizing and getting rid of weeds. Those pesky weeds do everything they can to get their share of the spotlight on our gardens. Even when we fertilize the lawn, they get a piece of the flower food.
Well, a great way to solve this issue is to use mulch. Mulch is essentially biomass. It’s untreated and minimally processed pieces of specific wood that breaks down and provides both protection from weeds and adequate fertilizer.
It’s like having a forest floor in your yard.
Tough and Gorgeous Flowers
Perennials and resilient flowers are the best. They provide such wonderful variety while being essentially self-reliant.
Black-eyed Susans for the garden beds and hens-and-chicks for the rock beds make sure that you always have something vibrant and glowing in the garden while you switch out seasonal varieties in other, dedicated plots.
Having these non-needy plants as your base gives you time to plan and think about what you want next in your prized garden.
These little tips and tricks are just tools of the trade. Like with most activities, you can put in the most work you’re capable of and get amazing results, or you can apply the 80/20 principle to your garden.
A little goes a long way if you choose the right furniture, flowers, and rocks. Everything in between is just part of the supporting cast. Happy gardening!