Garden Maintenance

How to maintain the major construction elements
of a professionally landscaped garden

Gardeners know that there is no such thing as a maintenance free garden. However a good basic layout that's well designed and well constructed and expertly planted can greatly reduce subsequent maintenance throughout the year.

Here are a few of the common tasks you will need to do based around the major construction elements of a professionally landscaped garden.

Beyond this you will need to manage your plants, lawns, ponds etc.

Walls

New brick walls constructed on sound footings should need little attention over the years. From time to time a coping stone may become dislodged or frost may cause damage to the brick or stone work and this will need prompt attention so that the defects may be repaired.

Over time seedlings may take hold in a wall and although they may look pretty as they grow they can eventually start to damage and undermine the safety of a wall. Its usually best to remove these plants before they grow to big. Common wall intruders include buddleias, foxgloves, ivy and many other garden seedlings.

Fences

Timber fences and pergolas need regular maintenance and should be given a coat of preservative from time to time; every 4 or 5 years is likely to be good enough depending on your location and the type of climate you enjoy.

Paths, Patios and Steps

Check that all these flat surfaces are sound and see whether any area has sunk or has a spot where a pool of water persists after a rainy spell. If so, you will need to fix these problems.

For major restructuring and repositioning of brick and stone work its usually best to get help from JB Landscapes.

You may need to clean down brick or stone paving to prevent it becoming slippery over the Winter months. You can use salt or any good brand of path cleaner from your local garden centre. Doing this will lessen the chance of any accidents occurring in your garden.

This cleaning operation will need to be done again in Spring, when the surfaces will also need to be hosed down. A power washer is generally best for this type of job and can be purchased cheaply from any electrical retailer or online retailer who sells gardening and gardening related products.

Soft Surfaces

Loose gravel surfaces will need weeding either by hand or by the application of a weed killer. If you use a weed killer make sure the solution doesn't affect any of the surrounding planting.

Decking

Wooden paving, or decking, used in a moist climate should be scrubbed with salt or a suitable cleaner and be hosed down in Autumn and in Spring to prevent the surfaces becoming slippery.

Timber will wear quiet quickly in areas where there is heavy foot traffic, such as with wooden steps. Sooner or later badly worn or split timbers will have to be replaced to prevent any accidents.