How To Create A Low Maintenance Backyard
Often when you come home from work, the last thing you want to do is to get the lawnmower out. Okay, there are those of us who are keen gardeners and love nothing better than getting out in the garden after a long day in the office. But, as we all know, time is valuable.
That does not mean you can’t have a pleasant garden. You can still have a pleasant garden even though you are working long hours. Read our mini-guide and find out how you can create a low-maintenance backyard.
Irrigation Does Matter
When it comes to having a decent backyard, irrigation is one of the key factors. But who has the time to spend endless hours carrying watering cans up and down the garden?
Thankfully, there are other options available. For instance, when you want to keep your backyard looking good any time of the year, installing a drip irrigation system is a great idea. That way, you don’t have to worry about rushing out and watering all of your beloved plants.
Gravel and Paving
When grass is not the right option for you, it is time to consider installing gravel or paving. Doing so has two major benefits.
First, you are left with no grass to worry about on hot summer days. Gravel and paving are relatively easy to install. Both come with a lining that stops weeds from springing up, causing work. You can install gravel and paving yourself, or you can get a professional service to do it for you.
Second, both are easy to maintain. Most of the time, you only need to sweep it with a yard brush or hose it down with a power hose once or twice per month.
Unlike grass, paving and gravel don’t produce any cuttings you need to compost, which gives you more back-breaking work and maintenance expenses.
Mulching and Raised Beds
Mulching is a great way to care for plants. One of the best things about using mulch is that it holds onto water. That makes it more environmentally friendly, and you have to worry less about watering your garden.
As mulch breaks down, it nourishes your plants. That is why it has become so popular in raised beds.
Speaking of raised beds, raised flower or vegetable beds are a fantastic way of putting an end to back-breaking work. Sure, you still have to bend down a little, but properly raised beds mean you don’t have to spend time on your knees while maintaining them.
Patios — You Have To Love Them!
A patio is a fantastic addition to your garden. Once you have it installed, you have somewhere you can use it for family and friends’ gatherings. You also don’t need to worry about trampled grass or cutting the lawn. Simply give the patio a good sweep, and you are good to go.
What About Artificial Grass?
When you have both pets and children, you would probably still like to have some grass around. That is great, but does that mean you need to lay down natural turf?
Thankfully, artificial grass has come a long way in recent years. It now looks as good as natural grass. Another major benefit is that you can choose the underlay. A soft underlay is great for a young family with children, as it cushions any falls.
Artificial grass is easy to maintain. The “feel” is not so different from natural turf. As far as maintenance goes, all you have to do is to hose it down and brush it.
Most artificial lawns are permeable. That means that water can still get through to the ground underneath. To families, they are worth their weight in gold. You don’t need to worry about muddy patches, maintaining the lawn, and re-surfacing it every couple of years.
The Final Verdict
Artificial grass is both a time and money saver. Walking on it feels very much like natural grass. It is growing in popularity, so why not find out if artificial grass is a good option for you?
All you have to do is to call our Eco-Lawn team at 0800 002 648 for a no-obligation quote and friendly advice.