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Low Maintenance Gardening for Large Spaces

Having a large outdoor area is a real luxury in so many ways, but it can also be a huge commitment. Recent research found that the average gardening enthusiast spends the equivalent of 53 minutes per week weeding their outdoor space, so just imagine how much time you could rack up pulling weeds if your garden is decidedly larger than average. Sometimes, downsizing can seem like an attractive option, but why give up space when a few low maintenance tactics could help you to make better use of your time? Time and time again, scientific research reinforces the benefits of gardening and spending time outdoors has on our wellbeing, so why not introduce a few simple gardening swaps to ensure that along with staying on top of things, you get to enjoy plenty of downtime too. 

Prioritise your layout

The fewer time consuming garden features you have in your garden, the less you’ll need to tend to them. This means deciding which things are a priority in your space and ditching anything that isn’t. Do you really need flower beds or a water feature? What about those herb pots and your vegetable garden? Your garden doesn’t need to be bereft of interest but you should think long and hard about which features are really providing value for you, which you enjoy the most and which are draining your time. Pots in particular can add hours onto your gardening to-do list as they require additional watering. If you’d really like to hang on to them, think about moving plants in larger pots that can hold more water. Along with streamlining your garden features, think about their placement too. Areas that are more time intensive and require lots of watering or digging may be better placed close to the house to help reduce time spent wandering to and from your property.

Be clever with the basics

Reduce the time you spend doing the essentials and you’ll find it easier to maintain the feature areas you have prioritised within your space. If you can afford to have someone to come in and mow the lawn for you regularly you can reclaim mowing time to be spent on other tasks. Or, why not invest in a top of the range robot lawnmower to get the job done for you? If you’re not too keen on dipping into the world of artificial intelligence, you could opt for a sit-on or wider mower to get the job done more quickly. A reliable diesel generator is another piece of kit that often proves a smart buy by providing reliable power at the bottom of your garden. Adding a dedicated watering system rather than pacing up and down with your watering can be a real time saver too.

If you’d like to reduce that 53 minutes per week spent weeding, you need to get your strategy on track. Your first step is to take action against weeds in early spring before they go to seed. Treat weeded areas with residual weed killer to stop them returning and think about covering soiled areas where weeds may sprout. Mulch and gravel are two simple  options for keeping weeds at bay.

Create a wild area or paved space

Keeping your entire garden pruned and pristine can be exhausting, so why not try leaving at least some of the space to do its own thing? Let the grass grow and the weeds flower and enjoy the wildlife that flourishes as a result. Keeping a meadow area in your garden can save you lots of task time and bring beautiful butterflies and bees in to pollinate your other plants. It needn’t look too messy either. Mow a path through the space to keep it looking curated and purposeful, and sit back to appreciate nature at its best.

If you can’t face the unruliness of a mini meadow, think about paving over some of your lawn instead. Paved areas can provide useful areas for outdoor socialising along with adding structure to landscaped spaces. And best of all, they don’t need mowing!

Stick with hardy plants

If you want a low maintenance garden, it’s time to ditch the needy and delicate plants in favour of more hardy and self-sustaining varieties. For all year round colour, explore the world of evergreen plants along with easy to manage shrubs. Think too about choosing plants that can get by with little water along with minimal attention. Rosemary is a great example, it thrives in the hot and dry Mediterranean environment and can therefore do its own thing fairly comfortably. Plus, it adds texture, colour and scent to your outdoor space. Plant along these lines and you’ll have plenty to enjoy in your garden all year round, without the need for too much effort.

What’s your biggest bugbear about having a large space to garden? Do you hate weeding or would you like to hire in some help to deal with the chore of mowing your lawn?

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Types of Fences for Front Yards

We are going through a huge boom of home improvements at the moment and everyone seems to be getting in on the act of improving their house or garden. Why not? We have spent enough time in them over the last year or so. The first impression people tend to get from your house is the fence for your front yard. All of your home and garden improvements can have a cherry on top by purchasing a practical and new looking fence. Below I have included different types of fences that will help you make your decision.

Timber Fences

If you are interested in purchasing a new fence, the first thing you will need to think about is what materials you would like for the fence itself. The most popular options tend to be timber fences and the type of timber is something you need to consider based upon your budget, how long you ideally want your fence to last and how big you want your fence to be.

A timber fence is most people’s go to, it provides the privacy and restriction needed whilst looking the part. It is a lot easier to customise compared to other materials also, in terms of timber fences Australia really likes to get creative. White or brown? Not necessarily, give your fence a snazzy look by painting it whatever colour you like. Wooden fences do tend to take longer to fit but worth it in the long run as it holds a long sturdy life expectancy.

PVC Fencing

PVC Fencing is an option if your budget is forcing you out of other materials. Granted it isn’t the sturdiest of options for fence material but it does the job that it’s supposed to. The cost is reduced as there is less timber being used on the fence. The PVC sleeves are attached on top of wooden posts and still come in a variety of colours and sizes. Definitely an option for you if price comes into play.

Wrought Iron Fencing

On the other scale of fencing, a pricier option is wrought iron fencing. Coming in many alternative designs, iron fencing offers beautiful and extremely strong fences that will draw the envy of your neighbours. The image and strength also provides a high level of security to your home. The down side of iron fences compared to say timber fences is that they have a fairly high level of maintenance to keep its aesthetically pleasing image.

Chain Link Fencing

This may not be the most aesthetically pleasing fence but a chain link fence can be extremely practical depending on your home or business. The privacy and security they provide is pretty much nonexistent, however they are very low cost, durable and are very low maintenance. It really does depend on what is needed and what you prefer for your home.

And Finally…Get Quotes

If you are still unsure about what type of fence to get, speak to professionals and get a quotation. They will ask you questions about the purpose of the fence and will be able to help point you in the right direction. Typically when it comes to timber fences Australia has various options on what works best for you. Most importantly you will be able to get that all important price.

Why You Need a Carport

Carports are a very popular option for car storage and today we are going to take a look into exactly why this is a construction which you should consider. 

The term carport originally was used to refer to a passageway through which cars would travel through upon entering a building. Genius architect Frank Lloyd-Wright saw something else in this external construction however and since his own interpretation, the carport has grown in popularity and evolved in its design. When it comes to carports Melbourne is full of them, because residents here understand the range of benefits which can be found after building one. 

These lean-to or independently built structures outside the home provide the perfect place to leave your vehicles, and here are just some of the benefits of building one. 

Protection From The Elements 

The key benefit of a carport is to protect your vehicles from the elements. In some cases this means not having to scrape frost and ice off the car in the morning before work, in others it means protecting it from any damage which hail can cause. To most of us in Australia these conditions aren’t much to worry about, but searing heat and flying debris could be, both of which your car will be protected from with a carport. 

Security Increase

Many believe that the car is not any more secure in a carport, because unlike a garage there are no locks or doors. With this being said studies have shown that vehicles stored under a carport are significantly less likely to be stolen than those which are not. Additionally insurance companies may offer a discount if your car is being stored in this way. 

Adding Value 

Carports are considered an attractive feature amongst property buyers, and building one could in fact add some value to your home. Broadly speaking 30% of the spend which you make on the carport, can expect to come back to you when you eventually sell the property

Aesthetically Pleasing 

Thanks to the smart designs which we have, as well as the bespoke options which you have to choose from, a carport can really make your home look more attractive. This adds a simple structure to your property which will help to continue the theme of the home and make the entire place feel more homely and comfortable. 

Low Cost Garage Alternative 

Many would like to have a garage on their property but if there isn’t already one there, the construction of a garage can be expensive. Even if you opted for custom carports, you will find that the overall cost pales in comparison to building a garage on site. 

Planning Permission 

Many fail to realize that they would need planning permission for a garage, which may not always be easy to obtain. Because of the simplicity of the structure and the fact that utilities aren’t required however, the construction of a carport very rarely needs permission — as it is filed under the same category as an external shed. 

This is a low cost and low effort way to make sure that your vehicles are safe, and that you add some value and attraction to your property.