No Cost Landscaping Ideas.
By: Chris Meagher
The Internet has a great many sites dedicated
specifically to free landscaping ideas, thereby
projects, at their own pace, without the cost of
engaging a contractor. Generally, these sites offer
easy to understand instructions, and are presented in
such a way as to make it easier to achieve your
desired result. Therefore, should you be looking to
start a landscaping project of your own, having never
done so previously, the internet would be your best bet
as a starting point place of reference, for no-cost
landscaping ideas. This too, will give you a good idea
of just what is involved, considering materials; space
and perspective; step-by-step procedures and
approximated time needed to complete each task;
estimated costs; detailed elements of landscaping
including patios, front and backyards, water features
such as swimming pools, and other decorations, that
previously you may not have considered - had you
even been aware of them.
Here are just a few free landscaping ideas available on the web. Keep in mind, that you can
chop and change most of the elements in any free ideas you view on the internet, nothing is
"carved in stone" as far as ideas go, AND, you will not be wanting your particular
outdoor-space, to be looking exactly like everyone else. So, mix it up a little.
1. Trees. Apart from the fact that most trees are "set and forget", i.e. plant them, water them,
but largely leave them to their own devices; trees, whether a single specimen tree, or a stand
or copse of them, add a focal-point to a garden. Depends on what it is you are after -
somewhere to sit in the shade; something to contemplate - a particular tree of beauty;
somewhere for the kids to play; maybe as the back-drop to the rest of the garden.
2. Ground-covers. Plants with a growing habit that covers the ground, such as thyme,
chammomile, or pennyroyal - make good lawn alternatives. Those plant names are often
preceded with the word "lawn". There are many forms of daisy's that can cover a considerable
amount of ground, in a short space of time - Osteospermum, or African Daisy comes easily to
mind. Although in need of a bi-annual prune, the flower show far outweighs this small task.
VERY hardy. Many colours. Violets - Violets are VERY hardy little things, able to tolerate quite a
range of growing conditions. If you plant half a dozen of these, by next year they will have
re-seeded all over the place. Normally planted in the shade, they fair well in half sun
situations. TIP: Once they finish flowering, either mow or whipper-snip them, down to the base
- VERY short. This is because, in order to flower well the following season, after each
flowering they need sun-light on the base stems. Mesembryanthem, or Pig Face - Strikingly
vibrant, almost florescent, orange/red/yellow flowers, succulent stems, leaves are greyish
green, flowers are daisy like, and open in the full sun. Can be established in near desert
situations, even in rock-walls. Bacopa, or Snowflake - Perennial ground cover, flowers being
white or blue and tubular with expanding lobes. Scented leaves, good plant for the shade.
Nasturtium - Round waxy leaves that hold the morning dew, profuse flowering from red
through to yellow, and everything in between. A fast growing annual - leaves, flowers, even
seed-pods can be eaten and or pickled - a nice pepper alternative.
3. Water Features. Water features such as fountains, fish-ponds, or still-water-ponds, are a
marvelous addition to your landscape. Not only pleasing to the eye but also helps aid
relaxation, through the soothing sounds created.
4. No-Cost Plants. Well, this is an easy one. Friends, family, or neighbors, are your best
source of no-cost plants for your landscape. By this, I mean cuttings and or seeds. Most, but
certainly not all, plants can be reproduced by taking cuttings. If you think this is too difficult
regarding your experience - try something like geraniums. Now, I use this example as, if you
have never taken and planted cuttings before - it is hard to fail with geraniums. Not the big,
flashy, floppy flowering Pelargonium - these are generally a little more difficult to get going.
O.K. let us do this. Cuttings should be about 6 inches long and about three eighths of an inch
thick. There should be at least one leaf on this cutting - not for any
magical-gardening-type-reasons, more because if this IS your first time, the leaf tells you
which way is up when you plant it. With this particular plant, the cutting can be left for up to 3
days, before it needs to be planted (yet another fine reason to choose this particular plant). If
you do not already have an established piece of garden to plant into, get a pot and some
potting-mix. In either case, make a hole one third as deep as the cutting is long - with your
finger, or a pencil, put the cutting in that hole and firm the soil around the cutting. Water it. Sit
down, relax. Congratulate yourself - you are now a gardener.
Hopefully, this article has given you a small insight into no cost landscaping ideas.
Mr Meagher has been a Netpreneur for 5 years. Producing diverse articles from Agriculture to
Weddings. further reading to be found at: Start a Garden and Instant Landscaping Ideas
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