Love your lawn
A well-kept lawn can make a dramatic difference to the appearance of your garden without being a burden for you or your tenants. The best way to keep your lawn thriving in the cooler weather is by adding a winter liquid fertiliser to help strengthen grass and boost growth. If your lawn isn’t in the best shape, you could consider laying new turf. Winter is an ideal time to do this as there are no long periods of hot, dry weather often requiring additional maintenance and watering. For the most fuss-free option, opt for artificial turf, which requires no watering, mowing or feeding. Depending on the type of material you choose, synthetic lawns can cost between $30 and $49 per sq/m and can last upwards of 25 years. Alternatively, you can further reduce the maintenance hours in the garden by replacing some or all of your lawn with stylish pavers or a raised wooden deck.
Plants and flowers
The quickest way to minimise garden maintenance is by removing needy flowers and plants that often require regular pruning, spraying and fertilising. Instead, replace them with perennials and hardy evergreen blooms that need minimal care and can withstand harsh temperatures. If you want to brighten your outdoor space this winter, then opt for Snowdrops and Snowflakes. These hardy flowers thrive in cooler conditions and are best planted under or around shrubs and trees where there is light shade. Other evergreen options include Lavender, White Rose, Daphne, Luculia and Lily of the Valley. Alternatively, if you want to reduce garden maintenance even more, then try planting shrubs or slow-growing hedges in all of your flower beds. If you’re considering some trees for your outdoor space, then opt for Japanese Maple, Manchurian Pear, Crab Apple or Crepe Myrtle. These colourful deciduous options are not only perfect for winter, but also hardy enough to withstand the Australian heat – but be sure to plant them before summer arrives.
Low-maintenance landscaping doesn’t have to be bland or uninspired, however with some creativity you can elevate the look of your garden and boost the value of your investment property. Think of options such as well-placed outdoor lighting, decorative rocks, steppingstones or pavers, stylish pots or a garden path that really makes a statement. Likewise, consider a fish-free natural pond, an effortless water feature like a bird bath, or structures such as arches, arbours or pergolas that can also pack a punch. The benefit of these additions is that once they are in place, they will instantly transform your garden with little to no ongoing maintenance.