When designing your garden it is a good
idea to consider the landscape maintenance that will be
required of you once your plans have been created and the
garden finished. Maintaining your garden includes cutting
the lawn; pruning, digging and planting and keeping any
structures waterproofed, cleaned and repaired. Trees and
shrubs require cutting back, hedges require trimming and
fruits, berries and other garden produce require harvesting
or clearing away. The way a garden looks is probably the
main aspect of consideration, but the work and continuing
financial investment is something you should consider for
yourself and for any potential future buyer of your home.
Large expanses of grass can be a delight for summer days
outside; whether for the children to play on or as a restful
landscape to sit upon. But the larger the lawn the more
grass to cut an, therefore, the larger and more powerful a
lawnmower will be needed; and that means fuel costs and
mower maintenance on top of the cost of the mower itself and
your time each month to do the work. Concrete, gravel or
paved areas such as patios are not only picturesque design
features but will also cut down on the grass cutting. They
may cost more in the short term, than turf or grass seeds,
but in the long term require far less maintenance and are a
desirable feature for many home buyers.
Wood trellises, fences and other garden features are also a
consideration when it comes to the cost in time and money of
maintaining your garden. Softwood, while cheaper, requires
greater application of protective sealants against adverse
effects of wind, sun and rain; and is more likely to need
repair. Hardwoods are more expensive but more resilient too.
If low maintenance is your objective then planting
perennials rather than annuals must be a priority; since
they can be planted once and, with minimal attention, will
flower again each year. And evergreens will provide a colour
background all year round without dropping masses of leaves
and other matter on the ground for you to pick up each year.
Knowing what sort of landscape maintenance suits you best
can be a good beginning to any garden plan; so you might
enjoy your garden without it taking over your life.