Having a nice garden is something that a lot of homeowners want. This is understandable. Your home looks so much better and having somewhere you can sit or play outside is a real boon for family life.
The problem is that keeping your garden looking good can be hard work and take up a lot of your time. So, with this in mind, I thought I would take a look at evergreen trees and bushes and the different ways you can use them in your garden. Once established, they are relatively low maintenance, so they are a good choice for most homeowners.
Your first task is to go to this website so that you can see what is available and narrow down your options. They have a great hardiness zone tool that enables you to quickly see what can be grown in the area you live in.
Once you know which ones you can grow and what you like, you can start to decide how to use them in your garden. The rest of the article is all about what you can do with these great plants.
Create a screening hedge
If privacy is important to you, creating a hedge is an excellent idea. There are plenty of evergreen bushes and trees that can be used for this task. When deciding which to plant, opt for something that has dense foliage. Also, think about how wide and tall the hedge will be once your evergreens have matured.
Divide up your garden
You can use them in a similar way to divide up your outdoor space. If you want to turn over the bottom half of your garden or yard into a home for wildlife you could use evergreens to screen it off. That way you will not be left having to look at an area that is, by its very nature, going to look a little untidy.
Create a play area for the kids
You can do something similar to create a play area for your kids. Dense evergreens are great for keeping their balls confined to a specific area. So, you will no longer have to worry about their football ending up in your flower beds and causing damage.
Create an outdoor room
Increasingly, people are using their gardens and yards as an extension to their homes. Evergreens make it easy to create a secluded spot that is similar to a walled garden. You can then use that space to create a fully or semi-enclosed outdoor room. Or, if you prefer you could fill that space with plants that need to be sheltered from the worst of the wind to be able to grow and thrive.
Taking care of your evergreens
Now, I know that I said that looking after evergreens will not take up a lot of your time. That is true, but there are a few things you still need to do. You can find out how to prune, feed and treat the relatively few diseases they can suffer from on any home and garden site.
*This article was contributed.