A thought – do domestic garden designers feel compelled to ignore past garden designs. Is a garden clean up a better design solution than a garden redesign makeover?
Garden Beet is rather interested in controlling the aesthetic outcomes of a space via maintenance. This problem extends to all landscape types. Public and private spaces are all subject to the vagaries of landscape maintenance.
In State Government organizations (such as VicRoads, Victoria Australia) maintenance design techniques are widely used and are referred to as intervention levels. The higher the intervention level the greater the maintenance. And of course the greater the expense.When a garden lacks a strong theme or feel maybe a Garden Clean Up is all that is required. Study your garden. Maybe a good weeding is required to bring back an old garden bed. It may be a lot cheaper and far more compelling than spending thousands on new plants, new edging and fancy timber work .
Sometimes a good clean and weed is better than installing a brand new vertical garden, deck or flower bed. Garden clean ups may be the panacea you seek to improving your outdoor space?
High intervention level landscapes or gardens tend to be neglected over time. Public spaces are therefore frequently designed to include low maintenance plants and low intervention levels.
Designers need to be mindful that when the design intent of a space is not passed onto a new home owner or land management body the garden’s design may be neglected. Overtime these landscapes have the ability to perform badly.
It is interesting that some of the most amazing landscapes are created through mowing. Adjusting the height of a mower can create a walking path and allow natural drifts of native grasses to create strong landscape patterns.
Garden clean ups are a powerful design tool – often neglected. Is this because landscape designers are trained to reinvent rather than work with existing conditions?