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Garden Renovation and Landscaping Maintenance Tips

Updated on January 6, 2017

A well-planned landscaped garden provides an inviting and accessible escape from everyday worries right outside your doorstep. With a balanced combination of aesthetic visual appeal and making the space usable, it’s certainly a feat to be proud of. However landscaped areas need to be properly maintained. Depending on the design, there are guidelines to renovating and maintaining landscapes to ensure long-lasting, desirable results.

Landscape Renovation and Maintenance To-Do’s

Some people dislike gardening because they don’t know where to begin when it comes to maintenance. They often quickly conclude it takes too much time and effort. Renovating and maintaining landscapes can be tricky without the right guidance. However taking the time to follow some simple guidelines can go a long way towards making noticeable improvements. Read through our simple landscape maintenance checklist and some renovation ideas below.

1.) Know Your Garden.

To adequately maintain or renovate a landscaped area, you need to know the area well. Do you know what type of soil composition you have? What are the weather conditions like and how do they vary throughout the year? This information is necessary for appropriate plant selection, particularly when renovating. Some plants do better positioned in sunny areas whilst others prefer shaded environments. Always consider growing native plants in your garden. They generally last well as they are best-suited to the natural state of the area.

2.) Know Yourself.

What type of garden do you plan to create? Will you be handling the maintenance directly or are you hiring an expert for additional help? How much time can you dedicate to your garden on a regular basis? What do you want to use your garden as or what activities are you eyeing to conduct there? Setting a clear picture of what you want, your current lifestyle and how the garden can supplement this will provide you with a clear direction. If you prefer to keep maintenance to a minimum, think about planting trees and shrubs. Not only do these require less maintenance, they last longer and you only need a few of them to add character to your garden.

3.) Refer to the Master Plan.

Before starting work on renovating or maintaining a landscaped garden, take a look at the original master plan. If the master plan was created by a previous owner, it may be worth speaking to an experienced landscaper for assistance. The master plan will help you identify the key design elements, inspiration and original vision that you can bring to life. This may be based on plant selection, furniture installation water features and more. It may not be necessary to follow the original landscape plan, however checking it will help you decide on a plan that suits you.

When designing a plan, include all associated ideas, even if this includes ideas that can’t be done anytime soon. Including them in your draft plan allows you to begin prepping for the corresponding areas.

4.) Separate Garden Beds with Borders and Group Plants According to Needs

Garden borders are useful in keeping grass and other plants from growing in areas where they shouldn’t. Plus there are plants that suck the nutrients out of the soil faster than other plants sharing the same bed, which ultimately kills them. The trick is group plants with similar needs together. If one plant needs frequent watering and consistently moist soil, don’t keep it with a plant that prefers drier conditions. Some plants need frequent feeding so save the rich compost for them, and not for those plants that don’t require it.

5.) Prune Carefully.

Trim your plants only when needed. Whether you should and how often is determined by the type of plants you have so do your research. Not trimming them often enough can mean losing the opportunity to encourage healthy growth while trimming too often can make them lose their natural shape. Pruning needs vary from frequent to regular to none required. Also, remember well-manicured grass is a must for maintaining landscapes.

6.) Keep Water Features and Structures Clean.

Water features can provide a fantastic ambiance and tranquillity to a garden, contributing to a relaxed atmosphere. These structures can contain flowing water or still water and require pumps and filters to keep the structures clean. Filters and pumps require regular maintenance and still water features require water replacement at set intervals to prevent the growth of moulds and insects.

7.) Use Old Items to Decorate Your Garden.

Pre-loved items cut your costs in garden renovations whilst adding a vintage charm to a home. Look for pieces you already own around the house but don’t use which could serve as eccentric pieces. Alternatively pay a visit to your local op-shops. The lower to no price tag allows you to experiment and play around with the design to get the look you want.

8.) Ensure Foundations are Strong for Patios and Other Structures.

This is one cost you can’t afford to scrimp on. Fixing problems due to weak foundations later on are more expensive in the long run and create a bigger hassle. Weak foundations cause surfaces to break apart as the ground moves. Make it a point to include a foundation assessment in your renovation and landscape maintenance plan. A good foundation should serve well for decades.

9.) Cover as Much Ground as Possible.

Grass adds to a lush garden look, however grass isn’t advisable in areas around plant beds. Instead, utilise mulch. It’s cheaper and keeps the soil moist while giving off a sweet smell. Mulch also offers less maintenance as they only need to be replaced once a year during spring. Another option is to use crushed stone. If you want less grass because you don’t want to the time-consuming task of mowing, consider converting a large portion into outdoor living spaces. You can use outdoor tiles, stone, brick, wood and other materials for the surface.

10.) When Going Low Maintenance, Don’t Sacrifice Colour.

Several low maintenance plants, shrubs and trees come in a variety of vibrant shades. For flowers, opt for perennials. Lavenders have a lovely purple colour and grow year after year. If it doesn’t rain often in your area, they only require watering once or twice a week. Camellias are either white, red, or pink and blooms well under the sun without much maintenance.

Garden renovation and landscaping maintenance is a journey of discovering your home and your own personal tastes. Surprises may be found along the way and keep in mind that it’s a process. Don’t be afraid of changes needed and continue exploring possible alternatives for easy maintenance and a beautiful garden makeover.

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