Low Maintenance Garden Ideas

Low Maintenance Garden Ideas

Build stylish gardens that keep the hard work to a minimum with our low maintenance garden ideas – from smart planning to choosing the right plants and more.
When you have a garden, there is undoubtedly going to be some maintenance involved, whether you like it or not.

But lucky for you, there are many ways to build an easy maintenance garden so that you spend less time working and more time enjoying the outdoors.

While some may think they would have to live with a simple garden if they want fewer chores, we don’t believe you should compromise style for an easy gardening life.

This is why we’ve put together this blog post with our 9 top tips for creating low-maintenance gardens here in Perth.

1. Plan Your Garden.

If you want to create a garden that doesn’t require too much work to maintain, it’s important to take the time to think about what you want and need, along with your lifestyle so you can plan the right elements to include in your garden design.

A great way to minimise maintenance is to create outdoor living areas that utilise paving or concrete for weed and maintenance-free areas that also encourage you to spend more time outside.

This way, you can enjoy your outdoors and entertain with friends and family, and focus your time and attention on maintaining specific garden areas that add greenery and look beautiful while taking much less work because you aren’t maintaining your entire outdoor area.

By decreasing the size of your lawn, you have less mowing, weeding, pest control, fertilizing, and reseeding to do.

2. Choose the right plants.

If you want a really low-maintenance garden then you need to grow native plants in your garden. Gardens that include a lot of tropical or non-native plants will always need more TLC in order to survive our particular Perth climate and soils.

Native plants have evolved and adapted to the climate and insects of our West Australian region, which means you won’t have to baby them as you would have to if you go for other plants that aren’t native to our area.

These easy-care beauties don’t need much effort from us to survive and thrive.

3. Remember to Mulch!

Weeding can be a soul-breaking garden task, so mulching is an excellent way to cut down on the amount of work you need to do to stay on top of your weed control.

Mulching is when you lay a thick layer of chunky material around your plants, this can be done using organic materials such as wood chips or Pine Bark or by using inorganic materials such as gravels.

Not only does this trap the water in, but it also improves your soil texture with minimal effort, reduces the amount of weeds growing through and quite importantly, makes the garden looks much tidier.

4. Add colour to your garden with flowers

Beautiful and vibrant flowers are always a sight to behold.

There are several resilient flowers that bloom throughout the year and can do so without much deadheading.

Petunias, Cosmos, and Begonias are some of the most beautiful flowers that remain appealing and lively year-round. Evergreen options are also a great way to keep a vibrant, healthy green colour in your garden year-round.

As always, do some research to get a better picture of which flowers suit your region and garden style the best.

5. Raised Garden Beds

Elevating the garden above the ground is one of the smartest decisions you can make if you want low maintenance garden beds.

Not only is it an excellent solution for poor soil conditions, but raised garden beds also are easier to work on since you can group plants that have similar needs.

If your garden soil is like heavy clay, you can take advantage of raised garden beds and create a great environment with new, clean, and fertile soil mixed with compost. 

6. Add a handful of container plants.

You can spread these potted plants out throughout the garden. You can even place them by the edge of your stairs or in the shade by choosing plants that don’t need much sunlight to bloom.

You can spice your garden up with stylish, modern, and elegantly designed containers filled with vibrant plants.

Maybe you could match your house decor with these containers and make your garden feel like an extension of your home.

They’re easy to maintain, and you can keep shuffling things up to keep your garden fresh.

7. Self-watering pot plants.

Self-watering pots have become extremely popular these days because of their effectiveness and convenience.

Not only do they cut down on the chores you have to do, but they also keep the plants healthy and save water all year around.

Additionally, since the plants have access to water every second of the day, and the water reservoir bed is layered with mulch, there is less opportunity for weeds to grow.

What more could you ask for?

8. Use groundcover plants

Groundcover plants are an amazing way to transform areas that you don’t want to maintain as lawn or garden beds while still keeping your garden green and beautiful. Do you have an ugly patch of dirt that you need to cover up or gaps between pavers that you need to keep weed free? Ground cover plants are the perfect low-maintenance choice.

With flowering and evergreen options, they can suit all garden designs and styles.

Some great options are:
Star Jasmine
Native Violet
Grevillias
Bush Mint
Pratia

9. Add Gravel to your garden floor.

If you choose to cut out most of your lawn space because you don’t want to spend much time maintaining it, don’t just replace it with hard landscaping.

Instead, add gravel to your garden floor.

This allows the rainwater to drain away without causing any potential flooding. So not only is it low maintenance, it’s very practical.

And that’s it!

Most of the low maintenance garden design plans we’ve mentioned are not just to relieve effort from your end but also budget-friendly.

If you’d like us to do all the heavy-lifting and build the garden of your dreams that is truly maintenance-free, give us a call at 0862634645

Autumn Lawncare Tips for Perth

Autumn Lawncare Tips for Perth

The temperature has dropped and the colder months are coming – here are some lawn care tips you can use make sure your lawn comes out on the other side of winter happy, healthy and ready for you and your family to enjoy!

Fertilising Tips for Autumn: 

If you have chosen to fertilise your lawn once a year, the best time to apply fertiliser is in spring – but as landscape gardeners, we recommend fertilising your lawn twice a year, and spring and autumn are the best seasons. 

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Giving your lawn a boost in autumn is a great way to prepare it for the colder, harsher months of winter, keeping it in the best condition to resist damage due to frost, cold and sudden temperature changes.

Choose a liquid fertiliser which contains seaweed, fish, organic compounds and amino acids – it might not smell great but your lawn will love it!

Mowing Tips:

The colder months mean you don’t have to mow your lawns as frequently, as the rate of growth slows down significantly – less work for you or your gardener!

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Mow your lawn every 3-5 weeks during autumn and winter, and do not cut the grass lower than 2.5 cm. If you cut it too short in the colder months, you can damage your lawns, resulting in browning and ‘scalping’. Repeatedly cutting your lawns too short can weaken your grass and leave it open to disease and weeds. If you aren’t too sure how often to mow your lawn, just mow whenever your grass is longer than 6cm.

While leaving leaves and grass clippings on your lawns during summer can help provide nutrients, we recommend removing them during colder months to allow your grass to get as much access to the sunlight and air as possible. If you have trees which are blocking all the sun, you may also want to prune them more in the colder months for the sake of your lawn. 

Watering Tips:

Turn off your sprinklers! Keep an eye on the rainfall, but unless your grass looks and feels very dry and it hasn’t rained in a while, you do not need to water it in late autumn or winter. And if you do water it – only do so in the early morning so it has all day to absorb the water it needs and let the rest evaporate. If your lawn is too wet, it can become vulnerable to fungi or disease. 

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Perth has such hot, dry summers that autumn and winter are great opportunities for your lawns to regenerate, soaking up the extra water and growing stronger, healthier root systems that will keep them in better shape when the temperatures rise again. 

Talk to your gardener to see what steps you can take now to look after your lawns – or give our team a call to book in our lawn care services, from fertilising to mowing, weeding and general garden care. 

Chemical-free Weed Control Solutions For Perth Gardens

Chemical-free Weed Control Solutions For Perth Gardens

Weeds are annoying and controlling their growth and spread in your lawns and gardens can be frustrating. But, at Perth Gardening Experts, we believe in using natural or lox-tox alternatives when it comes to weed control for our clients.

Keeping our soils free from chemicals is better for us, our families, our food and our planet – so here are our favourite natural alternatives to consider next time you spot those pesky weeds in your garden!

Use groundcovers to prevent weed growth

If you have empty or unplanted areas of your gardens – weeds are always happy to fill in those spaces for you! Planting groundcovers, such as natives, flowering plants, succulents, or even herbs, is a great way to prevent weeds from growing while creating lush, beautiful gardens. 

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Some great, fast-growing groundcovers for Perth soils are:

  • Prostrate grevilleas
  • Mondo grass
  • Creeping boobialla 
  • Thyme
  • Pig Face
  • Australian Harebell (Isotoma)
  • Australian violet

Mulch to prevent weeds and create healthier gardens

Mulch is an ideal way to fill gaps if you want to a more spaced-out plating style to feature your favourite plants. Mulching prevents weeds from seeding, as well as preventing them from accessing the sunlight they need to thrive and grow. 

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You can mulch right over weeds and smother them while preventing new weeds from growing for a fast, easy garden makeover. The best way to do this is by using a layer of cardboard or newspaper over the weeds and gardens, then adding a thick layer of mulch on top (we recommend to use 50 to 100mm). This also creates healthy soils and increases water retention for a more water-wise garden. You will still get a few weeds, but these will be much quicker and easier to remove as their roots can’t grip into mulch like they do in soil (providing that you use a chunky mulch and none of those useless fine black mulch)

Use natural weed sprays

We don’t recommend using even natural sprays in your gardens, as any product that is acidic or has high amounts of dissolved salts will, in time adversely affect your soil’s microbiology, and any acids, such as vinegar, can burn and damage plants.

However, for those annoying weeds that spring up between pavers which are hard to pull out, using a natural alternative is better than chemicals. Just keep in mind that a spray is more often a temporary solution as it’s less likely to kill the roots – so hand-pulling, mulching or using a groundcover or filler between your pavers (such as gravel) are still the best chemical-free, long-term solutions. 

While weeds are annoying and any garden-proud homeowner wants to have a weed-free landscape, before you resort to covering your lawns and gardens with toxic chemicals, consider if a chemical-free option would be the better solution for the health of your home and gardens.

Talk to our team today for advice on natural weed-control solutions for your home.

Hire Gardner to Perform Garden Maintenance Services

Hire Gardner to Perform Garden Maintenance Services

Taking care of your lawn and gardens requires more than just getting the kid down the street to mow  and weed every other week.

But having a yard that’s the envy of the neighborhood doesn’t have to mean giving up every weekend to roll in the dirt.

Hiring garden maintenance services can make all the difference in taming and maintaining your lawn — even if you do have a green thumb. (more…)

Winter Gardening Tips for Perth

Winter Gardening Tips for Perth

Winter Gardening Tips for Perth Gardens

With the temperature dropping, many of the plants are slowing their growth rates and eventually will become dormant but this is not the case for every plant.  Weeds will be growing more then ever!

Winter is also a great time to prune your trees and shrubs and plant annual bulbs, but also is good for planning for the next season, and checking your reticulation system is in good shape.

Read more to find out what should be done in your Perth garden this Winter.

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Lawn Fertilising Tips and Tricks

When you hear fertilising, you always think of it as referring to garden fertilising – something we all know is important for a healthy garden.

But what about lawn fertilising for healthy grass?

Read on for why lawn fertilising is important and our tips and tricks for getting it right.

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