Having a garden is a luxury, one that allows residents to connect with nature and enjoy their own private natural space. However, the cost of such benefits is the ongoing maintenance required by an outdoor area, one that is exposed to the continuously changing climate of the UK.
Weeds will consistently appear, winds will disrupt organisation, and rainfall will potentially ruin the tidiness of a well-designed garden, deteriorating furniture and flooding flower beds. Thankfully, there are a number of ways in which a garden can be made easier to manage.
Choose The Right Plants
The flora that you welcome into your garden space will play a significant role in the required upkeep of your outdoor space. Certain trees, for example, while beautiful, will shed their blossom and leaves, requiring homeowners to clean up the mess. Simultaneously, the trees will spend a substantial amount of time with bare branches too. By choosing evergreen trees instead, residents will find themselves doing much fewer chores throughout the year. The same goes for plants and bushes too, as many will require less watering attention.
Change The Ground
Having a lawn is simply one garden aesthetic and there are many other options. Alternatives to grass, however, should not solely be seen as dull or industrial. In fact, a number of low maintenance gardens make use of stunning tiles and decking designs to create beautiful surfaces that are more resistant to the weather.
Construct A Cabin
The utility and benefits of log cabins have brought them into mainstream popularity, with a number of residents seeking to have their own personal outbuilding. One such benefit is the lack of maintenance they require. Depending on their design, cabins can replace part of a garden’s landscape with a covered space that is sheltered from the elements and can be enjoyed year-round.
Cooperate With Ecology
What we refer to as weeds are often plants that nature, particularly birds and insects, value. We only refer to them as such because we don’t want them there. However, with the right cultivation, plants that are neglected can form their own sustainable ecology, such as wildflower meadow spaces. So, before you begin picking and choosing which plants you want to host, consider how they interact with your local environment because they may just take better care of themselves.
Some so-called weeds, such as English ivy, can actually be effective ground cover, preventing other plants from growing while also offering a gorgeous aesthetic to a natural space.
Contain To Pots
Growing in flower beds means risking more exposed soil. This soil can be affected by floods and intrusive plants. For certain gardeners, containing plants to pots might be a more reasonable endeavour, requiring far less upkeep than alternatives. Plant pots can be stacked and arranged neatly on hard surfaces, bringing colour and fragrance to a garden without the risk of weeds.
Cover Your Land
Adding cover to your garden, whether from vertical rainfall or horizontal winds, can reduce the impact of weather on your outdoor space. When there is little protection against the elements, garden owners will find themselves more often having to repair damaged assets and tending to new issues. If natural or artificial barriers are created, a garden will become easier to manage.