Garden design can be done virtually anywhere from a small patio to a sprawling Ponderosa. For those sick of gray concrete, liven up your environment with living plants and green grass.
If you’re fed up with boring, low maintenance yards that sprawl across neighbourhoods, you’re not alone. Those concrete jungles are ugly, dry, barren landscapes without a view.
Sure, they require zero attention or effort. But why have them if you’re not out there enjoying them? If you have outdoor space, tear up the paving slabs, dig up the concrete, and let’s go green. This is a great project for flexing your garden design muscles.
Our ecosystem is far more fragile than you may think. Without the natural habitats they need – insects, flowers, and other wildlife – gardens simply can’t survive. This can have a devastating effect on the areas we’re trying to preserve as green spaces because they simply aren’t enough on their own. Even in hot, dry climates, you can create a lush, floral garden that provides the view you crave and the environment you deserve.
If you don’t have a lot of space, your garden design won’t take a lot of time. Invest in some different sized pots if you don’t have the access to dig into the earth. Fill them with rich, healthy soil and plant flowers, small shrubs, and even vegetables. Your pots don’t need to be deep or very big to provide you with beautiful displays of colour and wonderful fragrances to enjoy in your garden.
Garden Design Tips for Pots:
- ensure there are some holes in the bottom for drainage
- add a layer of pebbles or shingle on the bottom to aid drainage (ensure holes are not clogged)
- add high-quality potting mix
- ensure plants have enough soil and space to grow out their roots
- put plants in place and then press down on the soil with your knuckles to secure them
- add recommended fertiliser and lightly water
Garden Design Tips for Lawn:
If you’re looking to bring your lawn back to life, you might need to consider a reticulation system. When there is little rainfall, your grass may yellow and die. It may well bounce back next time the rainy season comes, but you’ve laid a lawn for a reason.
To enjoy great colour all year round, tend to it. Any system that delivers just the right amount of moisture can also support your shrubs, flower borders, and more. A worthwhile investment, especially if you can’t always get out there to deliver it manually. Do NOT over water when there is natural rain.
Your lawn may also need to be aerated which involves using inexpensive aerator equipment to drive holes into the turf. This allows water and nutrients to be added deeper down than the top grass level.
Let Your Imagination Go Wild
The best thing about designing a garden when you don’t have one is that you can let your imagination run wild. Create shapes with curves and angles. Bring different colours, textures, and sizes into the mix. Look up as well as down and along. Beyond the view, consider the use of your garden. Do you want to sit there and enjoy the fresh air? Do you want to entertain or dine out here? Have you pets or children that want to play? Perhaps you’re considering growing some produce? You could have it all!
Beyond the view, consider the use of your garden. Do you want to sit there and enjoy the fresh air? Do you want to entertain or dine out here? Have you pets or children that want to play? Perhaps you’re considering growing some produce? You could have it all!
Don’t forget – you can grow a lawn almost anywhere because grass roots aren’t that deep. That means you could provide your local insect population with plenty to chew on in places you never thought of before.
Green roofs are becoming very popular. There are some precautions you need to take to protect the surface and structure of your roof. Can you imagine how beautiful the roof of your garage or extension could be?
Vertical gardens are fabulous for small spaces as well as covering boring walls. You can grow plants, flowers, vegetables, or herbs in a small or large space.
Even boring brick walls can become green and leafy. A strip of trellis and a couple of climbers could soon turn that wall into a thing of beauty. The options are almost endless. What could you do with your yard to turn it green?
What could you do with your yard to turn it green?
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