6 Tips For An Easy Care Landscape

Young Plant in Sunlight, Growing plant, Plant seedling
Young Plant in Sunlight, Growing plant, Plant seedling

6 Tips For An Easy Care Landscape

1. Have a Plan

Draw up your section and back yard.  Plot your intended garden spaces, lawn areas etc.  Mark in the sizes and heights of large items such as vegie gardens, pergolas, large trees or children’s play areas.  Then research garden shows and magazines – take copies of ideas you like. Having a plan will help you keep on track.

 

2. Plant Selection

Have a selection of plants that will flower in Spring, Summer and Autumn and other varieties in Winter. This way you will always have some visual interest throughout the year.Do you want to add some colour to your landscape?

 

3. Pick a Lucky Colour

Whether you want natural green, greys, browns or some vivid red flowers, research different bushes and flowering trees, (ask your local nursery – or have a look at other plants in your area).  Annuals that only last a season are a great way to brighten your borders or even in hanging baskets or welcoming pots at your door.

 

4. Plant Height

When planting outside, choose taller varieties for the back – small plants at the front and medium in the middle.  This way you have a staged garden.

 

5. Trim Your Trees

Be honest – if you haven’t got the time, hire a gardener!  There’s plenty of experienced gardeners / lawn care business owners, who will happily give your trees and shrubs their needed haircut.  You could alternatively create low maintenance gardens – rock gardens, large mulch areas – leave the intricate flowerbeds to those who are more green-fingered. 

 

6. Ground Covers

Ground cover is an excellent choice for covering large spaces or adding interest between trees and bushes.  It comes in many varieties such as Forest Floor® or Deco No.2.  It is low maintenance and will keep those annoying weeds away. A consistent mulch regime keeps moisture in the soil and inhibits the weeds.

 

 

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