You’ve always wanted a beautiful outdoor space but you don’t have a green thumb? Or maybe you don’t have the time? Or you simply don’t like gardening that much? No problem! You can still have your dream garden without having to spend hours on its maintenance. With these low maintenance garden ideas, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of.
1. Limit grassy areas
One of the easiest ways to create a low-maintenance green space is to extend your home into it and limit the grassy areas. Lawns and gardens require a lot of care. Your outdoor space may look just as great with much less effort. A stone patio, a grilling area and a fire pit are just a few features that you may include.
2. Build a solid base
Talking about a stone patio, you need to choose a solid base. To prevent weeds and any fix-ups later you can lay about a 20cm layer of pea stones first. Thus, you will avoid weeding and levelling for years to come.
3. Choose the right stone
The cheapest and most durable paving material is pea gravel. Pea gravel comes in a range of natural colours. Gray, white, buff and rust-brown are just some of the many varieties you can choose from. You can easily find the best one for your outdoor area!
4. Plant natives
Australian native plants not only provide food for pollinators and attract “good” insects, birds and butterflies. They also increase biodiversity and offer aesthetic and ecological benefits. But most importantly for today’s topic, they are very easy to care of and great for a low-maintenance green area. They are much more durable and susceptible to local weather conditions.
5. Plant perennials
Perennial flowers are the ones that return every year. They can be planted any time during the growing season. They bloom over the spring and summer and go dormant during the winter. After that, they come back every year in the spring by growing from the roots. Perennial plants should be a part of every low-maintenance garden.
6. Make use of pots
Pots are great. Indoors, outdoors, they look great everywhere! Pots can bring colour to different parts of your yard. Plus, they make a great connection between your porch and the garden. Put a few on the stairs and you’ll have a beautiful entrance. Another cool thing is that you can always move them around. When the weather gets colder, just move them inside. Potted plants will add that certain ‘pop’ that you’re looking for!
7. Plant evergreens
Another great idea for a low-maintenance green space is evergreens. They require a little watering and a simple well-mulched bed. Other than that, they are easy to care for and hard to kill. In addition, they can be shaped into different forms and draw the attention from the not-so-great-looking parts of your yard. Want to be able to enjoy a fresh green colour all year round? You can never go wrong with evergreens!
8. Choose the right grass type
The grass you’re going to choose for your landscape depends mostly on your region and climate. Different lawn types are more appropriate for different climates. One of the most durable grasses, susceptible to high-traffic, drought-tolerant and great for low-maintenance yards remains the Couch grass.
However, you can check out How to choose the best grass type for your lawn and find the one that suits your needs best.
9. Create a focal point
Every landscape needs a focal point. But that doesn’t mean that it requires a lot of maintenance. And it doesn’t have to be expensive, either! A simple old, rusted urn can do the job with just a little paint. Of course, this is just an idea. The important thing here is to choose something that best fits your style.
10. All you need is a fire pit
Ponds and fountains are outdated! Nowadays, a fire pit is the modern, low-maintenance addition to your garden design. A fire pit will not only keep you warm during the colder weather, but it will also bring a touch of intimacy to your landscape. Best of all, it can be used for cooking. You don’t need to invest in an expensive barbeque. A simple grill grate will do the job.
11. Use a lot of mulch
One of the most time-consuming gardening tasks is weeding. The easiest way to reduce it is by using mulch. Investing in mulch is a great idea not only because it will keep weeds at bay, but also it fertilises your plants and provides a pleasant aroma. Mulch also plays a great role in aesthetics. There are a variety of shades, from natural brown to deep chestnut. However, you should keep in mind that if you use dyed mulch it will fade over time and you’ll have to replace it more often.
12. Use crushed stone in beds
Crushed stone is a great alternative to mulch. It’s not only done for aesthetics, it’s also a great xeriscaping technique, as it reduces the need for watering. Here again, you can also use pea gravel. It’s low cost, low maintenance, doesn’t degrade over time and adds colour to your outdoor space, contrasting the greens.
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