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7 tips for a care free garden!
Laying out a garden is not a one-time task but a growing process. You should see the lay-out of your garden as a path towards success.
- Plan ahead
Think about all things you need to do in your garden and all tasks you like and do not like. Things you do not like you have to avoid as much as possible. If you for example think it is annoying to weed out, than think about how to minimise the amount of weed (see next tip).
- Do not give weeds a chance
The most annoying and time-consuming task is weeding out. A solution for this problem is an adapted bottom covering. You can use synthetic or natural materials such as compost, wooden chips, stones or grind.
By setting the plants as close as possible next to each other, you limit the amount of sunlight, which gives weeds less chance of growing.
- Put the right plant in the right place
All plants need maintenance, but the right plant in the right place can reduce the amount of work. Take into account the plant’s needs: sun, shadow, lots of water, less water… Put the plants that needsunlight not in the shadow and put the thirsty plants close to the garden hose.
Avoid plants with thorns or sharp edges or put some softer plants nearby, so the passengers do not get scratched.
Put the big plants not in too small pots. This leads to additional maintenance and safety problems.
- Think twice about a pond
A pond can be beautiful in your garden, but you should also take into account many maintenance problems: spring clean, making the pond ice free in winter, leaks, water circulation, the fishes’ health…
- Provide paths and hard grounds
Lay out hardened paths in your garden that are broad enough for wheelchairs. Give small corners in your garden a hard ground. In this way, you create small terraces in your garden.
- Avoid small pots
Pots can be very time-consuming as they need water on a daily basis. Choose therefore for bigger pots and put these close to your garden hose. Moreover, you may not forget to call someone to water your plants when you are gone.
Luckily, there also exist pots with a water reservoir that catch the redundant water to give it back to the plants later.
- Choose bushes instead of flowers
Instead of flowers, you can also bring more colour into your garden by planting trees or bushes. Flowers are more difficult to maintain, as they frequently need water, need to be cut and need to be fertilized.
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