We give you the golden keys so that you do not have to invest a lot of time and money in the care of your green areas.
What are the climatic characteristics of the area where the garden is located? Is it continental dry? Soft Mediterranean? Is it by the sea? In the mountain? Is the soil acidic or limestone? All this is essential when choosing which species to plant well.
Here are some options:
A low maintenance garden should have rustic, local species that can withstand local climate conditions well to minimize maintenance time and cost.
The effect of a low maintenance garden does not have to be that of an arid place. In this case we are facing a typical Mediterranean country landscape, where it is not even necessary to prune. In fact, it is good to choose species that do not need intense pruning. The effect is just as spectacular. And what is the secret? As simple as observing the variety of spontaneous plant that grows in your area and taking it to your garden in its most interesting varieties.
In this garden in the Sierra de Madrid, where winters are cold – with frost prevailing for more than five months – and in summer more than 30 degrees, species from the area were chosen, such as lavenders, creeping rosemary, phormiun, conifers … In general, varieties that develop in acidic soils.
As it is not a humid climate, the grass area has been reduced and a rustic grass mixture has been chosen, with little need for water and that can withstand frost and snow. Although there are many varieties of grass, they will always require more watering than other plants. A similar option is to use upholstery species if we want to cover areas and create an effect similar to that of grass.
This is a clear example of a low maintenance garden in which work planters and sleepers or cut steel have been installed to limit the planting area. If you like the ‘meadow effect’, but don’t want to waste water, install artificial grass. There are many models, but it also requires some maintenance.
Another good idea may be to design a green wall . Choose rustic species in its creeping variety, such as rosemary and creeping thyme, which, in addition to having an evergreen, need little watering and have a very interesting range of colors with their different blooms.
On the other hand, if you choose rustic species you will have fewer problems when pests and diseases appear and you will save money on expensive treatments.
The mulch is a really interesting option. It is made up of wood chips or pine bark. Keeps the soil moist and protects the surface roots from the sun’s rays. With large stone or concrete slabs you can compose a practical and decorative pavement for roads and transition areas. The mulch is biodegradable, so you will have to replace it from time to time. In very windy areas it is not the best option due to its low weight.
To minimize the number of plants, you can choose to incorporate inert elements into the terrain, such as the large rocks in this slope. With a few well-chosen species you can create a spectacular rockery.
It is also not necessary to have a meadow to achieve a “green” effect in the garden. Use pavements and create evergreen plants of different shapes and sizes to reduce the planting area.
Another option is to install pavements of different materials, such as stoneware, in the central areas of the land , leaving green areas on the perimeter at the same level as the pavement.
Decide on species that have blooms throughout the year to take advantage of their different colors in all seasons. If you don’t want any gaps in winter, don’t make seasonal flower beds because you will have to be replacing plants every three months.