Low Maintenance Landscaping Ideas.
This article discusses practical, low budget garden design ideas used to create low maintenance gardens specifically for Adelaide’s dry weather conditions.
Low maintenance gardens are desired for two main reasons; to save time working in the garden, and to save money on garden maintenance costs.
Replace Your Lawn With Artificial Grass
Maintaining a natural lawn is the most high maintenance task in the garden. Regular mowing, weeding, fertilising and of course watering is required on a regular basis.
There are many advantages of installing artificial grass, with the biggest advantage being that it is low maintenance. Once installed, artificial grass requires very little maintenance except perhaps for sweeping up leaves as required.
Artificial grass will also save you money on watering, as well as all the costs associated with maintaining natural lawns.
Visual Landscape Gardening are artificial grass installers and can install artificial grass to your garden for less than you may think as artificial grass prices in Adelaide have come down significantly.
Plant Slow Growing Native Plants
There are many native plants perfect for Adelaide gardens that require little watering; even during Summer. Choose native plants that are slow growing and you eliminate the need for regular pruning.
One of the best garden landscaping ideas you will be grateful for in your quest to create a low maintenance garden is to use river pebbles instead of bark chip covering garden bed areas.
There are many benefits of using river pebbles; they are not blown around in the wind and are not dug up by birds, cats and dogs as easily either but perhaps the best benefit of using river pebbles is they do not compost down or fade, so will not need replacing every few years. River pebbles come in a wide choice of sizes, colours and are about the same cost as bark chip too.
Landscape gardeners from Visual Landscape Gardening can help you plan your garden design, plant trees and shrubs that are best suited to your garden; taking into account the location and soil condition, and then lay river pebbles; after conditioning the soil.
Install Automatic Drip Irrigation Systems
Watering outdoors is the single highest contributor to the household water bill and is also time consuming if you have to water plants by hand or move sprinklers around. Garden sprinklers are also ineffective during windy conditions with a lot of water wasted watering concrete and lost to surface evaporation; particularly when hand watering is not done at the best time of the day for watering plants; early morning when the Sun is not up.
Installing an automatic drip irrigation system to your garden ensures that water only goes to where it is needed; the roots of your plants and that all your plants are given the right amount of water at the right time of the day.
Irrigation installers from Visual Landscape Gardening have installed automatic garden irrigation systems to homes across Adelaide since 1989 using the latest drip irrigation controllers and tubing to save you money and time watering your garden.
Outdoor Water Features
Water features; both garden fish ponds and statues are very common backyard garden elements and can be very low maintenance if installed using practical landscape design principals. Selecting pumps that don’t have sponge filters but contain bio filters will dramatically reduce algae build up and the need for regular manual cleaning.
Landscapers from Visual Landscape Gardening have built many garden water features including attractive concrete fish ponds with waterfalls as part of a garden landscaping project that is designed to be relaxing for outdoor living and at the same time be low maintenance.
Low Maintenance Garden Tips:
When planting your trees, shrubs or plants, it’s a good idea to dig your hole for them at least 4 times larger than the pot you bought them in. Including a good quality compost mulch will help your plants adjust and grow with less stress until the root system establishes.
Garden landscaping can be completed in stages if you are on a budget, once you have a landscape design plan in place.