Zero Maintenance Garden Design Calgary
More and more we get asked to design low maintenance garden beds. Over the last few years people are working every hour available, is it any wonder why low maintenance gardens are so popular. However, a low maintenance garden as the name suggests means a limited amount work, there unfortunately is no such thing as a maintenance free garden. We specialise in the construction of low maintenance gardens and have built many over the years for clients across the Calgary.
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The lawn is the big offender when it comes to maintaining a garden. It requires regular mowing, feeding, weeding etc. The first thing we consider is to get rid or reduce the lawn. If the lawn is to stay use mowing edges ( mowing pavers) to reduce the maintenance further.
Landscaping fabric ( weed block )/mulching:
Second to removing grass this is a brilliant way of reducing maintenance in planted borders. First lay a good quality geo-textile ( Landscaping fabric ) around your plants and secure with U wire pins. Then cover with 4-6 inches layer of mulch creating a second barrier and reducing weeding by up to 90%. Mulch alone can be used but you must achieve a depth of at least 6 inches over all areas.
The edges are a very important component to low maintenance garden design. Like patios and pathways they form the skeleton of the garden. They help define a space and give definition. It is the border between grass, gravel, paving etc., that create a bed and offer contrast. Mowing edges in the lawn help reduce maintenance by allowing easy cutting of grass and holding a strong edge.
Low maintenance will be achieved by correct plant selection. To thrive plants like certain conditions and if positioned correctly will need less care. Shrubs should be given precedence over needy perennials. Native plants should be considered where possible. Ground cover planting will eventually shade out weeds and reduce maintenance. Invest in a professional planting plan and low maintenance will be achieved.
There is nothing more unsightly than weeds appearing between paving slabs, cobbles etc. This can all be avoided by correct grouting ( jointing sand) between slabs. We use a strong jointing sand on all our jobs and guarantee you will never encounter this problem.
Hedges especially the fast growing varieties need a lot of attention in a garden. Some varieties require 3-4 cuts a year and removal of cuttings. By putting thought into the surrounds of your garden maintenance can be reduced. Consider wall or fence surrounds.
The incorporation of gravel and paving materials are great for filling space in a low maintenance garden. Contrasts should be considered along with large beds to soften and avoid an industrial look which can often happen with over use of these materials.
When choosing a raised patio go with paving this will reduce maintenance by removing the need to paint and protect the presure treated deck or cedar deck. The same goes for decking, choose composite decking over a presure treated or cedar.