Five ways to improve the appearance of your garden
Instead of letting it become overgrown, messy and impossible to reclaim from nature, we want to help you wrest back control of your garden, shape and sculp it into something you’ll treasure, and maintain its shape and appearance well into the future. Here’s a collection of tips and tricks you can use to improve the appearance of your garden.
Fertiliser – Fertiliser gives struggling plants the extra bit of help they need to flourish. Unfortunately, chemical fertilisesr can be tremendously ecologically harmful. There is, however, a natural alternative that you can make for a fraction of the cost that isn’t anywhere near as harmful. An amalgam of fallen leaves, ground coffee, soil and biodegradable waste can make for a surprisingly effective fertilizer that will rejuvenate your garden.
Weeds – The arrival of weeds is an inevitability and something you have to fight to ward off. Left untreated, they can easily run rampant throughout your garden and rob your plants of the resources they need to grow. The easy option is of course chemical weedkiller but more natural alternatives are available. Weeds thrive in bare soil, so ensuring your garden is full of plants will help stave off weeds. Alternatively, creating a mulch from bark chippings and leaves will help your soil retain moisture and ward off weeds.
Low maintenance - For a low maintenance garden, you can switch out water-hungry plants for resource-savvy alternatives. Rock gardens are relatively popular and, properly arranged, can be a valuable addition to your garden. Artificial grass, which looks strikingly similar to the real thing, is another example of a low maintenance way to outfit your garden but, crucially, without compromising on the lush, green look that so many people love to see outside their homes. Artificial grass installers Lawrence Lawns can help you find a solution that works for you.
For the sake of the environment, you should strive to rely on rainwater as much as possible to nourish your plants. If you think this isn’t enough, you can get your hands on a rainwater tank which will gradually fill up with water, which you can then use as and when needed. The technique you use to water your plants can also help you to cut down on the amount of water you use. Instead of watering the leaves, which can rot and are vulnerable to pests, you should aim the stream of water at the soil. As a rule, you should allocate up to 24 litres per square metre of your garden every seven to ten days.
If you are insistent on designing a garden with a broad selection of living, growing plants, you have to commit to ensuring they are carefully managed and maintained. Gardening can be a physically demanding pursuit, and having the right equipment can make it a much more manageable task. As well as the improved precision that high quality mowers, strimmers, spades and secateurs give you, their longevity makes them financially viable too.