A beautiful, lush garden is a quintessentially British thing. It seems maintaining and looking after them are also a favourite past time of many, too. On a varying scale, we love to have our own little patch of green. Whether our lives are dominated by inner city apartment life or the expanse of the countryside or suburbia, having a garden or touch of green has a certain calming effect on our mind and bodies. It is only natural for humans to yearn to be close to nature, with our busy schedules taking away this primal instinct as the years roll on.
Today we are going to look at some tips and tricks for lawn and garden maintenance. From stunning hedges to contemporary green walls, we have a range of different scenarios and styles to suit every taste, budget and need. So, whip out the clippers and pull on your gumboots—it's time to get amongst the greenery!
Large hedges are absolutely stunning, and therefore, should be kept looking their very best. A stellar addition to any home, a large hedge does indeed need fervent upkeep. But this shouldn't deter you, in fact, if you provide yourself with the necessary tools, the regular trimming and watering of your hedges can become an enjoyable, therapeutic and ritualistic treat—especially if you are watching the hedges grow and fostering them into an exciting shape and formation. If you covet and love the look yet fear you cannot possibly maintain them, invest in a professional, especially so in the early months and even years. From this point, you can follow the advice and lines they've created.
Green walls are one of the most popular landscape and interior design features of the present time. Suitable for a myriad of living conditions due to their vertical nature, you can have a small or large touch of greenery in the smallest or largest of flats. The benefits of a green wall are plenty; not only do they look spectacular, but they become a second set of lungs for your living space, cleaning and reconditioning the air you breathe. This is especially wonderful for those who live in dense inner city locations and don't have access to many green areas or parks. Just like a traditional garden in the ground, they do require occasional trimming and weeding, however, a simple irritation system can be installed to keep it lush and green every day.
Planter boxes are a great way to house small to medium sized plants and even fruit trees in a no fuss, easy to maintain area. Aside from regular weeding, the confines of these boxes gives you access to a controlled space, meaning there shouldn't be any instances where your garden can become too overgrown and wild. The best thing about planter boxes is the interest to the eye they create, especially in small spaces. The raised levels create hierarchy and a wonderful contemporary feel. As you can see in this example, the highest level at the back houses a series of tall agapanthus, followed by a small sculpted tree and some small shrubs. These wonderful rendered boxes can be painted a variety of different colours and be fashioned out of a huge range of materials. Perhaps you are a DIY or upcycling fanatic? You can definitely achieve an eclectic look for a very lost cost with recycled palettes or salvaged timber.
If you are blessed with a large outdoor area, you have the freedom and space to add a wonderful patch of green lawn. The key is to maintain only as much lawn as you need, and in easy to reach areas, as this allows you to dedicate time to the other plants or trees growing in your garden. There are, however, lawn varieties available now which need infrequent mowing, ranging from once a month to once a season. You should look into these types if your biggest desire is to look outside your window and see a expanse of green without all the pressures of costly weekly mowing sessions.
Potted herbs and small plants are great for those who don't have the gift of a green thumb or have time to dedicate to pruning and clipping. Not only this, but potted plants look fresh and contemporary, and are a great way to add interest and variance to your garden, verandah or balcony space. Whether you have access to a small or large area, you can add as many potted plants as you can fit. Experiment with colours and varieties, too. Hardy desert plants like Yukkas and ferns require very little watering and care due to their resilient nature. For those who are devoted to herbs, it's almost impossible to kill a bush of rosemary, mint or thyme.
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