Backyard landscaping does not have to be a lot of effort. There are many ideas for a low maintenance backyard. You will find options that can give privacy to some portion of the yard when you enjoy some cozy moments with friends and family. The backyard might have many uses and you can use different landscaping ideas to produce a low maintenance, multipurpose yard.
Another tradition would be to plant french and african marigolds (Tagetes) within the greenhouse and conservatory to discourage whitefly. Growing garlic and some fellow members of the onion genus (Allium) around roses is considered to control aphids and fungal diseases, for example mildew and black spot. And planting members of the pea family (Leguminosae) will usually increase growth in nearby leafy plants, because of remarkable ability to ‘fix’ nitrogen in the soil. Companion planting doesn’t necessarily work, but is certainly really worth trying if you are an organic gardener or concerned for that environment.
As the flowers and foliage of essential but mainly short-seasoned plants die back, the garden can begin to look tired. Spring bulbs and summer bedding plants are normal cases, but the potential issue will be overcome by overplanting with, for instance, dahlias as a replacement for early bulbs, or tulips and winter pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) for summer annuals. Alternatively, by naturalising bulbs for example snowdrops (Galanthus), crocuses and narcissi in clumps between herbaceous perennials which are dormant in winter, the full beauty of flowers could be enjoyed in early spring and also the surrounding perennials will grow up to disguise the bulb foliage before it dies completely and could be removed.
Most gardens contain a minumum of one utilitarian object that is under attractive – a shed, perhaps, or compost heap, or maybe even the dustbin. There are several backyard landscaping ideas you can try, but an easy and effective method is to introduce plants to camouflage or completely hide the eyesore. Suitable climbers, for instance, can transform an outbuilding into something which is far more acceptable, especially if the area is designed to integrate the offending object instead of merely conceal it.
If traffic pollution and road noise are troublesome, these may be reduced to more acceptable levels by screening the street with dense, pollution-tolerant plants and, in the event of roads that are salted in winter, salt-tolerant species. Mature timber will absorb a considerable amount of the noise, as well as conceal the traffic speeding past.
One of today’s most widely used and environmentally beneficial garden plantings is the wildflower ‘meadow’. Most modern plots aren’t large enough to accommodate a meadow within the true sense of the word. However, giving over a component of the garden to an informal mixture of native meadow grasses – or perhaps a wildflower border, along the same lines like a herbaceous border but containing indigenous flowers – is a perfect way of attracting wildlife in to the garden. Beneficial insects, butterflies and moths, in addition to small animals such as hedgehogs and dormice, will all make use of the cover provided by the border to shelter and forage.
Garden plants don’t need to be of native origin to become of benefit to wildlife. Most of our loveliest herbaceous border flowers behave like magnets for hoverflies, while seed-eating birds will appreciate any unpruned plants in the fall and winter. Berrying plants such cotoneaster and pyracantha can sustain many a hungry bird throughout the hardest months, and shrubs and climbers are potential nest sites.
A moist or badly drained area can readily become a wildlife pond, that will soon be teeming with frogs along with other amphibians. These are to be welcomed simply because they will devour many of your most irritating pests, particularly slugs and snails. A pond will even encourage delightful insects for example damselflies and dragonflies, which are predators of many aquatic and semi-aquatic pests. Surround water-feature with suitable marginal plants so their leafy cover will protect young amphibians and newly emerged insects before their first flight. An outrageous garden will not only bring great joy for you and all who visit your garden, but probably become a haven for your local wildlife.