Easy-to-do Landscaping Ideas
Changing the look and aspect of your back garden does not need to be a massive undertaking. We have looked at a few of the easiest ways you can make significant changes to your garden. All our ideas are easy to implement, take very little time and won’t leave your wallet empty upon completion.
Use Pots for Plants
Potted plants are a common sight in smaller gardens and on countless balconies around the world. You can use a range of container plants that look great all year round and need little maintenance. Using potted plants in your back garden will also bring many benefits such as fewer soil-borne diseases affecting the plants, easy of movement to get better light, moisture and temperature as the season changes. You can also move the pots about the garden to achieve different looks that will be contributing to your overall design.
Grow a Healthy Lawn
Back gardens commonly have a lawn which uses most of the available space, making them an essential feature within your garden. To achieve a healthy green lawn, you don’t need to spend money re-laying it or getting professionals in to help. It can all be done with a little thought and planning. Be vigilant and be mindful of common weed varieties that can starve your lawn of vital water and nutrients the grass needs to stay green. Aim to have a thick lawn covering by spreading seed every year to cover any bare patches that have occurred. By having a lush lawn, you also reduce the chances of weeds taking over as they find it hard to get started.
Planting useful Plants
Every well-landscaped garden should have a variety of plants that are directly beneficial for us. Choose easy to grow varieties of fruit to begin with such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and figs, all of which can be grown in containers or directly in flower beds. Fruits can be used for cooking, or if you have an abundance, you can make jam which will last you through the winter. Fruits are not only great for consumption, but they also give your garden a bright and colorful look which can transform it immediately.
Add a Water Feature
People have been flocking to water sources since time began and we don’t just go for the obvious benefits, water also looks and sounds great. Landscaping your garden is not only a visual change; it can also incorporate sounds we like, such as running water. You can get simple water features that will transform any part of your garden with little or no effort. A few common water features which can be bought cheaply include water urns, water walls and teapot fountains. By using solar panels to run the pumps, you can move these around the garden as you wish and enjoy constant water trickling sounds whenever you are. A water feature will also provide much-needed refreshments for the local wildlife, making your yard that much more enticing to birds, insects and others.
Create spaces with Borders
If you have a large open garden with a big lawn, you may want to break up the look by adding some borders. A border can be a simple stone path, flower bed or pebble beach. If you choose to use a flower bed as a border, try to select plants with contrasting colors and plant them in pairs to emphasize the border. If, like many of us, you don’t have a lot of time for garden maintenance, try and use borders that won’t require weeding or trimming. By using borders creatively, you can create different looks in each area of the garden giving you more choice of views when sitting outside.
Raise your Flower Beds
By building a raised flower bed, you will not only help the plants, but they can also add a touch of elegance to an otherwise blank space. Putting plants and vegetables in raised beds, you are stopping the number of weeds that appear in comparison to a typical flower bed. You also gain more control over the drainage of the bed, making it easier to grow the plants you want. You can use old timber to create your raised bed to keep the cost low, and with a little wood stain, these can look classy and elegant in any back garden. A raised bed will also help those who have trouble bending down a lot and give you an extra area to sit when in your garden.
Start Landscaping your Garden
We have only listed a few popular choices for those looking to breathe new life into their back garden. Do a little research, and you will find many more innovative, easy to achieve ideas that can make significant differences with very little outlay. Get your gardening gloves on and go make your garden a better, more inviting place to relax and enjoy with family and friends.