As your garden calms down in the fall, it’s time to consider changes to make for true low maintenance landscaping that is age-manageable. Here is a step-by-step approach.
First, divide the yard into 4 parts – front, back, and each side. Walk around each parts and look at all of the layers, from top to bottom. Start with the trees, then the shrubs, then any perennial and annual flowering plants and edibles, then turf and ground covers.
Second, sit down and make notes. I personally recommend doing this with a glass of wine at hand, maybe even a nibble of fruit and cheese to keep your strength up.
Divide your notes page into two columns. On one side, jot down the plants or yard sections that are easy to take care of and delightful to experience. On the other, write what is starting to be a chore to manage. List all of the plants or places where weeding, pruning, spraying, fertilizing, clipping, mowing, trimming, dividing, replanting is difficult or painful for you to do and impossible to train a mow-and-blow company to handle.
Third, walk around the yard again. This time, consider the visual impact. Think about how the yard looks from the street, from the driveway. Squint your eyes as you look around. Determine whether there are clear lines and shapes, whether there are obvious focal points making up the framework of your garden. Evaluate the entire garden and each of those 4 parts.
Your goal is to keep, even expand, areas that are easy to maintain and provide enjoyment. You may choose a true low-maintenance landscape that switches perennials for ornamental grasses. You may decide to replace shrubs that always need trimming with a fence covered with an evergreen vine or an antique rose. You may even decide to expand the lawn – for someone else to mow, of course.
And as you make these decisions, use your landscape’s bones as a guide. The underlying skeleton of the landscape provides the form and foundation that can guide successful changes. garden. Landscape architects use repetition as one of the key elements to achieve unity in the garden. This sense of unified or connected elements of line, form, color and texture creates harmony and gives your yard greater impact and can be especially successful with an aging in-place landscape.