The decision to make a garden is one that is often taken in haste and regretted for a long time to follow. Because the reality is that a garden, at least a garden that looks good, is a lot of hard work and effort. Or it can be if you do it wrong. If you do it right on the other hand it can be the world of fun and extremely rewarding experience. One of the most important things to factor into your planning is that the garden needs to look green and alive – nothing looks quite so dire as a brown and dehydrated garden. So how do you achieve this? Here are a few easy to implement tips.
The grass is the cornerstone of any properly planned garden – you simply cannot escape it. It doesn’t need to be a huge patch, but if you want to be able to walk through the garden and admire the plants then a bit of lawn is almost unavoidable. But lawn can be an absolute pain to maintain and it requires a surprising amount of water. Do yourself a favour and run an internet search for something like ‘synthetic grass Melbourne’ to find a local supplier and installer of artificial turf. It shouldn’t cost too much to install and it will save you fortunes in eth long run. It will also underpin the garden with a lush, green feel and it is very simple to maintain.
Water is one of the most precious resources that we have. It is very easy to take it for granted but it is slowly yet surely running out. So, we need to use what we have wisely. And one of the smartest ways to use water is to reuse it. To this end look at installing a greywater system. What it is, is a small tank with a pump that is connected to your shower and bath (and washing machine and dishwasher). It allows you to take relatively clean water and re-use it. If you look at it logically it makes no sense for the water from your shower to go down the drain when it could go onto your garden. It makes a huge difference to both your water bill and the look of your garden.
Stop raking obsessively
For some reason, people love to rake up leaves. It is as though the sight of fallen leaves is offensive or an indication of a badly kept garden. This is absolutely not the case, and in fact, a garden stripped of fallen leaves and foliage is going to be a garden in distress. You only have to take a walk-in nature to see how the ecosystem, that you should be striving to emulate in the garden, works. Trees provide shade and they drop leaves that act as mulch. Those fallen leaves cover the ground and prevent it from drying out. They act as a home for small insects who in turn eat the leaves and turn them into compost. The compost keeps the soil full of nutrients and in turn, more plants and trees grow. So, whatever you do, hold onto your leaves, they will make your garden a much greener and healthier place.