In your part of the world, the term garden may have a different meaning from some other part of the world. Garden can mean vegetable and herb gardens or it can carry the connotation of an area cultivated for the purpose of providing a relaxing atmosphere. We will have information on both types. Gardens may share common elements with landscapes and vice versa. If they are very large, they may also contain elements related to land management and lakes. For our garden posts click here.
Not everyone has a pond or lake on their property, but those who do learn that there is more to maintaining a body of water than just setting on the dock with a fishing pole on a warm summer evening. There are lake and pond weeds, pond scum, issues with mosquitoes, and sometimes problems with fish. It can turn into quite a lot of work, especially if you are new to the concept. An acre of water requires about the same amount of time, labor, and expense as an acre of land to maintain. We have some advice for lake owners to make the whole process smooth and as trouble free as possible. Lake management information can be found here.
Everyone who owns a home owns some of the property on which it sets, but not everyone has a large parcel of land to deal with. Many people buy property with quite a bit of acreage without giving any thought to what it will take to maintain it. There is a lot of work to maintaining a large piece of land, and we offer tips and tricks for doing this with the least labor and expense possible. Land management posts are here.
In the broadest sense of the term landscape, it includes the entirety of your property including all the elements it contains, and even beyond. When used in this sense, it includes all the elements surrounding your home including landscape beds, your lawn, and all structures. Landscape can be a part of the garden category, or a part of the lawn category. It is really part of both, and in most cases, it is it’s own separate entity. Landscapes in the more modern sense are usually a more maintenance intensive area of the overall property, a place where the home and lawn meet, and they are often built with plants that require more in the way of labor, water, fertility, and pesticides. In your larger landscape there will be trees, shrubs, perhaps walls and fences and other outdoor structures such as storage buildings, play strctures and hardscapes like decks, patios, walks and drives. For landscape information click here.
Lawns are the big consumers of time, labor, and money in your overall landscape. Unless they are native grasses, they will require regular mowing, irrigation, fertilization and pest control. Lawns are changing. There are movements toward more natural settings involving combinations of native grasses, trees, and shrubs. These are often called habitats, or natural habitats. Others are choosing edible landscapes through home farming and micro farming techniques. Information on lawn care can be found here.
There are many types of outdoor structures. There are fences, features like gazebos, pergolas, and outbuildings like sheds and pool houses, and of course there is the exterior of your home. There are common elements between the home and outdoor structures, but the structures outside the home have a higher level of exposure to the elements than their indoor counterparts. Outdoor structures are usually built with materials designed to withstand the elements, but even these need some attention from time to time. Click here for information regarding outdoor structures.
Hardscapes are physical, nonliving features like walks, drives and patios. Swimming pools and their surrounding aprons may also be considered hardscapes.