The modern world is an extremely busy place. People have more things to do and less time to do them than ever before. This has led to a rise in the popularity of things like low maintenance landscape design.
In simple terms, low maintenance landscape design refers to the construction of outdoor spaces that look great, that can be enjoyed in whatever ways appeal to you and which don’t require a lot of time or effort to keep them looking great. I know how hard it can be to create a low maintenance outdoor space, so I’ve put together a list of my top tips to help you along the way:
Plant Things That Don’t Need A Lot Of Attention
One of the best ways to create a garden or outdoor space that doesn’t need a lot of care is to plant things which look after themselves. In most cases, this will be tough, hardy plants which won’t become sick or die if they get a bit dry or if you don’t fertilise them for a while. Choose plants that don’t need pruning regularly.
In Australian conditions, one of the best ways to create a low maintenance garden area is to plant native species. These are usually tough, drought tolerant, and need little care. Do some research and find out which species are suited to your climate and soil type, and plant them. Native gardens can also become a refuge for wildlife, and who wouldn’t love to have a family of possums or colourful birds move into their backyard!
Consider A Minimalistic Style
Minimalist outdoor areas generally have few elements. The things they do have are simple and require little care. For example, you might choose to install a few concrete paths, a large lawn area (using a tough grass of course) and a few hardy trees.
Use Fake Turf
Depending on where you live, your lawns could be the most time-consuming things in your entire garden. They need to be mowed, watered, fertilised and weeded regularly. Some people choose to eliminate lawns entirely, opting for paved spaces instead.
If you want a lawn area, but don’t have time to look after it, you should look into installing an artificial lawn. Modern artificial turf looks great, is hard wearing and requires little care or maintenance. It isn’t even that expensive to install!
Everyone has their own reasons for creating low maintenance landscape designs. It might be that you’re a busy business person who doesn’t have time to mow lawns and water the flowers, or it could be that you don’t have the physical ability to spend time in the garden every week. Whatever your reasons, there are plenty of low maintenance design features out there. If you want to find about more about what’s best for your situation, consider speaking to your local landscaping expert.