Gardens are an amazing addition to the home, allowing residents their own natural space full of natural potential. During the summer, they are especially valuable, being used as places to relax in the sunshine while flowers blossom and bloom. However, later in the year, during the colder seasons, they are much more difficult to enjoy. Residents will not only find themselves wanting to be indoors but will also be deterred from the maintenance that a garden space requires, leading it to overgrow and deteriorate.
There are ways in which a garden space can be designed so that it is low maintenance. While this might conjure up images of concrete slabs and empty yards, this extreme picture is misleading since gardens can very much maintain their natural beauty and utility without compromising their aesthetic.
Open flower beds can be problematic, with their space encouraging weeds and open land being prone to the interference of weather. Containing flowers and plants within pots and raised beds, however, eliminates this issue, allowing plants to grow almost entirely without the invasion of weeds and with much more security against the weather. Additionally, pots and planters allow those with gardens to potentially create and optimise vertical space, which can be incredibly useful for those with smaller gardens.
Without due preparations, your exterior drainage systems can become quickly and easily overwhelmed during winter, leading to floods and water damage. One can mitigate and even prevent such an occurrence by protecting their drains. The installation of grates and covers can be excellent ways to do so and at a small cost.
With much of a garden’s focus being on an entirely natural space, residents tend to forget that exterior structures can make a huge difference in the way they use and enjoy their garden. A log cabin, for example, can become a space that is warm and inspirational all through the winter, promising it is properly insulated and heated.
Trees are brilliant additions to a garden for a number of reasons. Not only are they low-maintenance guests, often keeping their beauty through the colder months with dashing red leaves, but they also have an assured practical application too, helping to maintain soil integrity and preventing floods.
There are, now, a number of automatic gardening tools that can tend to your garden during the winter, alleviating the ongoing maintenance from your personal schedule. Robot mowers, for example, are great ways to keep your grass to a neat level, while simultaneously curtailing weeds that might appear during winter.
Nobody wants to brave the rain to rescue their blown-away garden furniture. Unfortunately, many homeowners still find themselves having to do so unless they go through the motions of storing their outdoor furniture throughout the winter. There are, however, robust alternatives, such as more resilient garden furniture options that can not only survive the cold and wet weather but also maintain their visual appeal too.