Low maintenance landscaping ideas | The Edinburgh Reporter
Not everyone has green fingers and the thought of gardening can be daunting. Fortunately, there are design tricks and tips that can help you create an outdoor sanctuary that requires little to no maintenance. Whether you are a professional or a beginner, you can turn your garden into a beautiful oasis and be proud to have people for barbecues and get-togethers.
Assess the space you have
This should be at the top of your list so that you have a solid understanding of the space you are working with. Whether you do the job yourself or hire someone to do it for you, it will give you a general idea of what work needs to be done and an approximate estimate of the cost. It’s also handy to go for a walk near you and see what your neighbors have done with their garden for inspiration.
Decking and paving
Hard landscaping in the garden will reduce your workload. The use of pavement slabs or decking will visually enhance your small outdoor area. Both add a natural touch to the garden, and you can choose between natural stone or concrete slabs in neutral tones to suit your aesthetic.
It’s important to remember that while paving stones are less work, the patios need regular cleaning. But compared to regular lawn mowing, the maintenance effort for terraces is definitely less. You can also add outdoor seating and tables to covered and paved spaces for a more homely feel, and it’s perfect for barbecuing and enjoying the summer sun.
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Plants and shrubs
When choosing plants for your outdoor space, you are limiting the number of different plants and shrubs you have. The selection of low-maintenance systems is huge; Geranium psilostemon and snow-capped mespilus both work well in small gardens. If you can’t decide which plants are best for you, visit a local garden center and they can explain exactly what will suit you best.
Add artificial grass
If the thought of mowing the lawn every few weeks frightens you, it may be time to install artificial turf. Real lawn requires a lot of attention, with regular mowing, feeding, weeding and watering and artificial turf puts an end to it. It looks real and stays green all year round with no maintenance.
By combining these easy-care options, you can create a garden that you are really proud of. Remember to do your research beforehand if you decide to add plants or shrubs to your garden and look online for inspiration on how to improve your outdoor space.