The 2 Core Elements For Creating a Low-Maintenance And Hardy Garden

Posted on: 7 March 2018

Creating an attractive garden with your newly built home is a top priority for many homeowners. Like many Australians, the outside areas of your home are just as important as the indoor ones when it comes to lifestyle and enjoyment of the home. As well as creating an attractive and functional garden, you might also be eager to ensure that your garden is relatively easy to care for.

The core elements of the garden, the lawn and the garden beds are generally the first things to be completed when landscaping the blank canvas of a newly built home site. With some simple planning, these elements can give you the foundation for a low-maintenance and hardy garden. Here are two things that you're wise to consider during the initial stages.

1. The type of turf

Laying turf is the fastest and easiest way to get a garden lawn. Unlike growing grass from seed, turf can be laid in a day, saving you months of watering and not using the lawn as you wait for the grass to be robust enough to walk on. However, it's important to choose the right turf and turf supplies to begin with if you want a durable and fuss-free lawn.

One of the best options for a robust lawn is a buffalo turf variety. Buffalo turf has been developed with the sometimes harsh Australian climate in mind. It is drought tolerant, resists wear and tolerates both wet and cool weather as well. Buffalo turf is also slow growing, so it will require mowing less frequently than other turf varieties.

2. The surface of your garden beds

The other core element of the garden is the garden beds. If the lawn is the foundation, then the garden beds are the frame for the plants and flowers that will give your garden character and colour. As well as the location, size and shape of the garden beds, you'll need to consider what type of covering you'll put on the surface.

Bare garden beds don't provide an optimal environment for plant growth, particularly when you're growing seedlings or saplings that aren't mature. Adding a layer of organic mulch to your garden beds means less watering, better protection from extremes of hot and cold and better weed control. As the mulch decomposes, it also adds important nutrients and compost to the soil.

Once you have these elements in place, you'll have the beginning of a healthy, resilient garden. The next step will be to add the plants, trees and flowers that will give your garden its shape and beauty.