Landscaping a garden involves planning and design. From choosing the most appropriate plants to adding features such as paths and decking, the process provides opportunities to tailor the garden to the needs of the gardener. So if the owner of the garden is a busy person who wants to enjoy their outdoor space, but has limited time or knowledge, then landscaping is a chance to make the best of all worlds.
Once a garden has been laid out and planted, the ongoing work consists mainly of watering, pruning, weeding, and mowing. The solution is to design a garden that reduces these tasks to an absolute minimum.
Irrigation systems can be installed that run on timers. As well as the obvious benefit of not needing to get the hose out for the sprinklers, or even to stand for half an hour spraying the plants and flower beds, such systems work on a trickle basis to keep the plants watered. This greatly reduces the volume of water needed as it runs directly to where it is needed, and not all over pathways and the general area. The use of a timer also avoids those occasions when the sprinklers are forgotten and left running all night. If you live in an area with metered water, this can make a significant difference.
When the garden is planned, a conscious choice is made to use plants that need a minimum of care and pruning. Areas planted with wild growing tall grasses add an attractive wild feel to the garden, while requiring little or no maintenance. Creating a natural meadow look in the garden engenders a country garden feel while letting the plants grow without the need for much maintenance or interference.
Weeding is avoided and reduced with the use of mulch and bark over a garden membrane. It looks good, as well as covering the soil areas where weeds can thrive.
While expenses of lawn can appear as an integral aspect of the “ideal” garden, many fabulous gardens have been created without them. The use of rock beds, decking, paved seating areas, water features, expansive shrubs and pathways all serve to fill ground space and remove the need for grassed areas. Careful design can produce intricate spaces, filled with color and scent, that draw the eye forwards and out, without the need to place grass underfoot. If need be, an artificial lawn can even be used. Modern lawn substitutes are a far cry from the astroturf of old and are often hard to distinguish from the real thing.
So with a degree of thought and planning, landscaping a garden can produce an attractive space to be enjoyed and appreciated, but without having to spend significant amounts of time on maintenance to keep it that way.