Save time and money with these top garden tips from Matt Leacy.
Because of and long dry spells without rain and the harsh Australian sun, it can be hard to maintain a quality garden while also keeping costs and maintenance to a minimum. But it doesn’t have to be as difficult as we all think: with a few pointers from the pros we can all have the garden of our dreams.
1. Use Fast Growing Plants and Small Pots
Using small plants is particularly ideal for large blocks. Buy them in 100mm pots and you can cover more ground within your budget. Ornamental grasses, for example, are fast-growing hardy plants that require minimum water once established and work well in our climate. Many have unique flowers and come in a variety of sizes and colours so you can easily create your desired look. Pockets or mass plantings of this kind can successfully complement any garden.
2. Densely Planted Gardens
Densely planting your garden is great to get a full and luscious look. You can reduce desertification by shading the soil from the full impact of the sun and protecting it from harsh winds – both of which tend to dry the soil out very quickly. Shading the soil will also make it difficult for weeds to grow, keeping your maintenance to a minimum. Ensure you don’t pack the plants so tight that their root systems compete for nutrients in the soil – be careful to pick a spot that allows your plants plenty of room to grow to their full potential.
3. Introduce Succulents
As a great asset to any garden, succulents are traditionally very colourful plants that can cope in challenging soil and direct sunlight. Carpobrotus, Senecio, Sempervivums, Crassula, Aloes and Sedums all have unique and amazing colours, shapes and textures. Succulents require minimal care and look incredible in just about any environment – adding a huge variety of shapes, forms and levels to your overall landscape. If you are keeping them in pots, make sure to re-pot them annually with a potting mix that incorporates a slow release fertiliser.
4. Pick the Best Plants for your Elements
Picking the right plants for your garden plays a huge role in their cost and upkeep. It is essential to choose plants that not only look great but will also handle all elements thrown at them. A few reat low maintenance plants suited for large areas are Beschorneria, Echium and Westringia. These plants all work well together and if you add some ornamental grasses and succulents you will have an amazing effect without all the fuss.
5. Creeping Vines
Have an unsightly backyard wall or garden fence you want to cover up? Climbing vines are the perfect solution. Unlike other plants, these vines can be trained (usually with wire) to grow on or around just about anything: along or up walls, or even to accent window frames. One of the least invasive, low maintenance climbing vine is the trusty star jasmine. It can grow in the sun or part shade, so is very reliable and perfect for the side of the house.
Use these tips for the perfect, easy and beautiful garden that won’t break the bank.