The brief was to create the most low maintenance front yard possible, while matching the elegance of the facade to this St Peters home.
Even though modern landscaping elements were used, the landscape design blended harmoniously with the heritage of not only the home but the street scape as well.
The following list of steps is typical when creating low maintenance front yards across all Adelaide suburbs.
Existing plants, concrete and 10 tonne of soil was removed from the front yard and council verge.
Red clay bricks were laid on a concrete base to echo the curved window of the house and to supply a central focal point for the garden.
Quarry rubble was spread out and compacted to a depth of 100mm, which provided the base for ‘Burnside’ artificial grass; unique to Visual Landscape Gardening, to be laid.
Organic loam was introduced for the garden beds along all fence boundaries.
Camellia Japonica was planted as a screening plant along the rendered wall; which will produce stunning white flowers (white and red are the two most popular colour choices) when in season; Winter to Spring.
Murraya Paniculta hedging plants were planted along the front fence and other side.
A Weeping Mulberry was planted as the feature to the main garden bed.
A drip irrigation system was installed and automated with a battery powered timer connected to the tap, to ensure watering of plants, all year round.
Top dressing all garden beds with a dark, organic water-saver mulch helps prevent water loss from surface evaporation and contrasts the colour of the garden.
Low Maintenance Front Garden Design Tips:
Adelaide landscaping company Visual Landscape Gardening can create low maintenance gardens to suit tighter landscaping budget requirements by substituting plants, type of artificial grass chosen, pavers and style of irrigation system. Plant prices differ considerable with size too, 15cm pot sized plants are a fraction of the cost of mature plants 1-2m high.
With busy lifestyles, low maintenance gardens provide the perfect solution between having a beautiful front yard and one that requires minimal attention. The maintenance costs saved, quickly recoup the cost of having any front yard landscaped; factoring in water cost savings, natural turf and plant care costs, plus the time it takes to maintain regularly.
Tap timers connected to drip irrigation systems are a cheap alternative to controlling water and are effective enough for single water line systems. For multiple lines, installed to cater for two or more different watering requirements or longer runs, solenoids are often installed with ‘hard-wired’ power.
River pebbles are a popular alternative to top dress garden beds, especially if you have pets; such as dogs that are inclined to dig.