If you are a reluctant gardener, getting dirt under your fingernails while weeding and pruning may not be your idea of a Saturday morning. Nonetheless, a garden is much more attractive when it is neatly kept so if gardening really isn’t your thing, you may consider the following ways in which you can make your garden look attractive.
Replace the Ground
To prevent weeds from sprouting after every shower, use travertine pavers to line your garden. They will look like natural rock and also be smooth underfoot. If they don’t appeal to you or are too expensive, use concrete interlock bricks. The idea is to have a surface that looks natural but is less hassle when it comes to maintenance. Remember however that the garden will still require a once over every few months as weeds are resilient and can grow in the smallest of cracks.
If you prefer the authentic look, you can invest in an artificial turf, while a high quality stone paving may also have the same effect. Although initial costs are high, they are easy to maintain, there will be no irritating bugs or insects, and it will remain green throughout the year without the need for watering or any serious gardening – perfect for the low-maintenance tenant.
Remove the Greenery
A garden doesn’t always have to have plants. You can strip it bare and cover it with crushed rock or pebbles like in a Japanese rock garden. The granite chips prevent the growth of weeds while slowing down the fall of rain on the ground, which may cause run-off. This allows the water to slowly seep into the ground instead of simply washing the top soil away. You can place rounded stones one on top of the other and this would make the garden look much more creative.
If you have children, the best way to transform your garden into a hassle-free zone is to turn it into a jungle gym for the children. You can pave the ground with recycled foam rubber squares (there are non-toxic versions for use in children’s playgrounds) and then install a swing set, a slide set or a jungle gym where your children can play along with their friends.
So if you want to change your garden radically and get rid of the dirt, the plants and the huge load of work that come from it you can pave the floor, you can strew pebbles or stone chips on it, you can lay artificial turf or you can convert your garden into kiddie heaven – your move.