Low maintenance, high impact kerb appeal
If you own an investment property, a corporate building, or if you simply wish to implement better maintenance techniques into your business complex, kerb appeal is the cornerstone to making a positive impression on all of your visitors. Following these simple tricks can minimise time spent invested in garden upkeep while maximising the effects of great maintenance. It’s time to garden smarter, not harder.
No sweat! Garden maintenance made easy
Presenting the world with a neat and trimmed property is no longer enough in the modern day where beauty is really a reflection of your attention to detail. Creating a positive first impression of your business starts with making the premises as presentable as possible. While you want to ensure that your business puts its good foot forward to all your visitors, piloting a garden and maintaining it is a business all on its own. Below are some simple ideas on starting a garden that will last with minimal input from you.
Populating your garden densely with many plant varieties will help in a number of ways to keep your maintenance requirements to a minimum. More plant covering a smaller area will help to shade the soil and serve as a windbreak while preventing weeds from finding a place to root and grow easily. There will be far less evaporation and your water retention in the soil will be much better if the soil is covered. Do be sure to get the balance right, because too many plants placed too closely together can cause their root systems to have to compete for soil and nutrients. Also ensure that smaller plants will flourish in the shade, while the taller plants will be happy to be in the sun casting their shadows downwards.
Design a garden that can contain numerous indigenous species, not just to the country, but to your region. That way, you know it will survive the cold, the dry, the hot and the wet equally because it is native to those weather conditions. Fast growing plants are a great option, along with decorative grasses, which are tough and require minimal water. They are also extremely presentable when planted strategically to set-off their assets. Decorative grasses often flower and make lovely plumes too, a special added surprise later on.
Props and plants
Incorporating props into the garden include using garden benches, statues, decorative concrete blocks and stepping stones, water features and pebbled pathways will give you aesthetic elements that require no water, weeding, TLC and… won’t die. Building a rockery is also a great way to incorporate natural elements into a beautiful design and if you are clever about sourcing your rocks, it can be done with a healthy respect for your budget. Use shapes and designs to make paving stones pretty and add in a few pot plants for a striking visual appeal.
Hide the hideous
If you feel your neighbour is ruining your kerb appeal, or if you have an unsightly wall or boundary that is not within your means to remove, simply redecorate and make it part of your appeal. Vines are a lovely, efficient and affordable way to create green and luscious look while hiding the unsightly. Granadilla vines are quite tough once they are established, and if you plant them on a fence they can further add to your wind shelter efforts. They also bloom to present a stunning exotic flower, which of course turns into the edible and delectable passion fruit.
Getting the layout of your garden right and understanding how to plant strategically according to the sun and wind directions can be a complicated business. Aesthetic set ups are also something you generally acquire with experience and time as your knowledge of plants expands. If you need some professional assistance once off or on an ongoing basis, consider hiring a professional landscaper to help you.
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