We make the time and effort to keep our homes looking nice, but many of us fail to give our gardens the same respect – why is that? Because we spend so much time in our homes, we ensure that they stay looking nice. Whereas, when it comes to our gardens, as we tend to spend less time in them, we’re less inclined to commit to keeping them looking nice.
The issue is that during the winter when the weather is cold, very few of us are keen to take time to go outside and give our gardens the TLC that they need. This means that regardless of how well kept they are in the summer, by the end of the winter our gardens end up resembling jungles packed full of various weeds. This means that getting them looking nice for summer again is always a struggle.
Instead of going through the same cycle each year, why not keep your garden looking good all year around? The question is, what does it take to keep your garden in tip-top shape all year around?
Regular maintenance is a must
The key to keeping your garden looking nice all year around is simple – regular maintenance. The fact is that without proper care and maintenance all year around, your garden will grow out of control. This means that if you want a nice garden, you need to commit to spending a certain amount of time a month looking after your outdoor space. If this isn’t doable, because of work, family commitments, or another reason, then you need to think about what your options are. Either you can give up and let your garden get into a mess, or you can invest in your outdoor space and hire a landscape gardener to keep on top of your maintenance tasks. There are plenty of gardeners that offer trimming services, planting services, and all sorts of other garden services, allowing you to ensure that your backyard stays looking good all year around.
Features that stand the test of time are important
If you want to ensure that your garden looks good year in, year out, you need to pick features that stand the test of time. You don’t want to invest in items for your garden that won’t fair well when it rains, or the weather gets too cold; you need to pick pieces that are made to be outside and will last well. Take garden furniture, for instance; wooden furniture might look nice but compared to metal furniture, it won’t last as well if left outside. Of course, you could store it during the winter months or put a cover over it to protect it. However, if you would rather not do that, then you need to think carefully about the pieces you pick for your garden. This applies to whether you opt for patio or decking as well, as patio tends to last longer than decking, but decking tends to be the more popular choice. Not sure what to opt for – take the time to do your research and read up on your options.
Plant flowers and shrubs that look good all year around
Believe it or not, there are some plants, shrubs, and trees that stay looking good all year around. While most plants tend to drop their leaves and stop flowering during the colder months, there are some that stay green and flowering during the winter. If you want to ensure that your garden is a nice space all year around, then it’s worth planting a few of these types of plants, shrubs, and trees. To give your garden color all year around, plant a range of evergreen plants. To learn which plants are evergreen, take the time to read up online – you will be amazed at how many there are.
Adequate storage space is crucial
Just like adequate storage space is important inside your home, it’s also important outside of your property. If you want to ensure that your garden doesn’t end up in a mess, it’s crucial that you’ve got plenty of space to store outdoor items, such as gardening tools, unneeded furniture, and anything else, for that matter. If you’ve got a garage attached to your home, take advantage of that. If not, then consider building a shed. They’re not expensive to put up and tend to last well, giving you the space that you need to store any of your gardening items. There’s nothing worse than a garden that’s got junk dotted around it, so ensuring that you have adequate storage space is crucial. If you can’t fit a shed into the space that you have, how about just a small storage unit instead?
Create different zones
Instead of designing your garden to be one big space, consider separating it into zones. If you’ve got little ones or pets, this can work particularly well as that way you can separate the garden up and create different areas, one for your kids to play in, an area for your pets, and an adult area complete with garden furniture and a BBQ area. By separating your outdoor space into zones, you can ensure that your garden offers something for everyone, and is a space that the whole family can use and enjoy. In one area, create a children’s play area, complete with a climbing frame, trampoline, and array of outdoor toys. In another area create a space for your pets, with plenty of room for them to run about. Then, in the area closest to the house, create an adult area that you can use for socializing and hold events, such as BBQs, for instance – somewhere that’s stylish and sophisticated. If you’ve got the money to do so, you could even consider adding a hot tub or an outdoor kitchen.
So there you have it, everything that you need to know about keeping your garden looking nice. It may not be something that’s particularly easy to do, but if you take note of the tips above, you can make keeping your garden looking nice, that little bit less stressful.