Jan 27

How to Create the Perfect Landscape Design and Garden

Many people find working on their lawns, gardens and landscaping a peaceful retreat from the hectic world. There are others who prefer to have landscaping that has appeal, but that requires a minimal time investment. There are many great looking solutions to help you create a low-maintenance yard, landscape or garden.

Plan to Plan. Make sure that you put some time into knowing your landscape, meaning that you should consider your climate, how certain areas of your yard handle rainfall or snow, and how much sun or shade certain parts of your lawn receive.

You may want to take photos and access online resources such as garden planners to help you get a good idea of what you’d like to accomplish with your landscaping.

Scope out Resources.
Take the time to look into businesses or organizations near you that might offer free landscaping resources like wood chips or mulch. Many times you can also find second-hand construction or home improvement stores that carry highly discounted landscaping items that were left over from large projects, like pavers, bricks, stone and gravel.

Local gardening or horticultural organizations may have specials on native plants, and may also offer great suggestions to low-maintenance shrubs for your particular environment.

Watering Considerations.
One of the most time consuming parts of lawn and garden upkeep can be how long it takes to appropriately water your grass, plants, shrubs and trees. Selecting perennials that don’t require routine watering can help you greatly cut back on landscaping maintenance.

Installed irrigation systems can also assist in effectively watering your vegetation, with minimal daily effort on your behalf.

Less Lawn, More Free Time. Reducing the size of your lawn will add considerably more free time to your calendar, while still maintaining a comfortable and attractive exterior space.

You may want to consider replacing grass with ground cover such as ivy or moss, or native vegetation that allows for easily maintained pocket gardens.

“You can also consider hardscaping, which means that you will use pavers, patios, rocks, gravel, mulch or evergreens to replace traditional grassy areas of your lawn. The addition of these items allows minimal upkeep and maintenance…don’t forget to consider adding a hammock to enjoy some of your new found leisure time,” said Barry O’Brien of Creative Construction, a Dallas home remodeling company.

Go Perennial. Native perennial plants will reseed themselves each year and require far less work than planting annuals each season. While planning a perennial bed, you may find connecting with a local landscape expert for a consultation could pay off in a big way. They could professionally advise you on how to assure that you’ll have color and blooms in your garden year round, and also help you to best plan gardens that are responsive to your climate and color tastes.

You can always use annuals in smaller areas, like pots or baskets that require less attention on a daily basis than they do in large garden settings.

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