It is of course super nice to have a beautiful front garden, but it must of course remain beautiful. Every front garden needs maintenance, so maintenance-free front gardens do not exist. You can create a maintenance-friendly front garden, where maintenance remains minimal. With a well-designed low-maintenance front garden, it is not necessary to maintain it every month. How can you realize this? Check out our ten handy maintenance-friendly front garden tips !
Tip 1 – Don’t take a lawn
As a lover of greenery, you naturally want a beautiful lawn in the front garden. Our tip: don’t take a lawn! To ensure that the lawn remains beautiful, it must be regularly maintained. If you don’t, your front yard will turn into a dilapidated jungle in no time.
Tip 2 – Paving is not as maintenance-friendly as you think
It seems clear to me that grass requires a lot of maintenance. But what many don’t know is that paving is also not as low maintenance as you think. You don’t have to mow the grass, but there are other maintenance factors that you need to take into account. With garden tiles you will have to deal with weeds and green deposits. Do you still want to go for garden tiles because you want a modern, sleek front garden? Make sure that you read tips 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Tip 3 – Large tiles
The weeds grow between the joints of the tiles. The more joints you have, the more weeds you will have in your front garden. Therefore, preferably choose the largest possible tiles instead of small clinkers, for example. In addition, there are also special coated and ceramic tiles available, which attract less algae and do not get dirty as quickly.
Tip 4 – Ground cloth or anti-root cloth
You can use a ground cloth, also known as anti-root cloth, under the pavement. Please note that this only helps against emerging roots and less against weeds. What is true is that the weeds are easier to remove thanks to the green cloth or anti-root cloth
Tip 5 – Joint mortar
With joint mortar can help very well against weeds. Fill the joints between the tiles with special foot mortar, where weeds cannot germinate. Watch in the video below how you can use the joint mortar.
Tip 6 – Drainage of rainwater
Algae and green deposits mainly grow on moist surfaces. You will therefore mainly find it in shady areas in the front garden, which do not dry quickly from the sun. Therefore, make sure that the rainwater is always drained off automatically, for example to a plant border. This also gives you the advantage of having to water the plants less often.
Tip 7 – Gravel
Gravel is a very good alternative to garden tiles, because it offers many advantages for setting up a maintenance-friendly garden. Gravel is very easy to install, it is relatively inexpensive and gravel has a draining effect. So you will suffer much less from flooding in your front garden. It is wise to use gravel mats before pouring the gravel. Gravel mats ensure that the gravel stays in place and that it does not sink. In addition, with gravel, unlike garden tiles, you have much less to do with weeds and green deposits.
Tip 8 – Low maintenance plants
Many people say that it is not possible to have a low maintenance front garden with plants. That is of course nonsense, it is indeed possible to take plants. To keep the front garden so maintenance-friendly, it is advisable to limit yourself to a minimum number of types of plants. Each species needs a different kind of maintenance. The fewer types, the less maintenance. But an even more important tip is to go for low-maintenance plants and flowers. Hedges such as Taxus and Portuguese Laurel, and spring-flowering bulbs such as Korkus, botanical tulips, Grape hyacinths and Snowflakes are fine examples of this. Evergreen plants such as ivy also remain beautifully green all year round!
Tip 9 – Plant borders
Plant pots can be a lot of fun, but don’t put too many of them in your front yard if you don’t like maintenance. Plants in pots require quite a bit of maintenance. That’s why plant borders are a much better idea in a low maintenance front yard. Make sure that as few pieces of soil as possible are not used. That way you don’t leave room for weeds. You could cover the open pieces of soil with ground cover or wood chips.
Tip 10 – Restraints
Curbstones not only keep your front yard looking super sleek, they also prevent tiles and gravel from moving out of place. So finish the plant borders neatly with retaining tapes. By letting them stick out slightly above the ground, you create a kind of perennial planter in the ground.
These tips can also be used for setting up a maintenance-friendly garden. Also view our great front garden ideas for more tips and inspiration examples of super beautiful front gardens!