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Making the most of limited garden space

3When dealing with limited spaces, like most typical gardens, space is always a practical limitation. There’s only so much greenery you can add to any garden. This, in turn, has other effects, such as arguably limiting wildlife. There are, however, a few options open to anyone who wants to add a little extra piece of nature into their garden.

Garden mats

The first, and potentially the most unique, is garden matting. This is a living carpet that’s designed to encourage the growth of small plants, such as smaller flowers and grass. This on its own might not sound like much, but the potential depends on its execution.

With only a small depth, you can place these garden matts in places where there wouldn’t otherwise be soil. If you’ve ever seen a garden shed or building with a grass roof, then you’re already aware of what can be done and the effect it achieves. Using this to grow grass on the roof of a shed or summerhouse, for instance, adds a little extra greenery into the building. This makes the garden look more alive. A little extra grass is never a bad thing, and you always have the option of growing small flowers in it for a splash of additional colour.

Wild flowers

Whilst there are seeds sold in shops that are labelled as wild flowers, there’s nothing wrong with waiting and seeing what naturally develops. Even in more rural areas, you always have the chance to catch wild seeds blowing in. If any of these start to grow, it could spark a new idea. Nonetheless, as long as it’s not a harmful or invasive species (such as weeds), then there’s no harm in seeing what happens. This is the natural approach after all.

Furthermore, you can always take appreciation from some of the wild areas around your home. This is a great way to find the wild plants growing in your area. The benefit of keeping some of your fauna local is that it can potentially encourage the development of further wildlife. It is probably something that the wildlife in your area has grown accustomed to, so a little familiarity in your garden might help cross the transition.

Going vertical

Finally, when all the horizontal space is taken up, don’t forget you can go vertically. If you have spare walls, for instance, you can grow plants and vines up this. There are various tools and wooden frames you can buy to help encourage growth. This requires maintenance, however, in case the plant gets out of hand, but it’s always an easy way to add some greenery to an otherwise barren-looking wall.

On a similar note, don’t forget the likes of hanging plants. These essentially add little extra plots of land. Whilst there on a much smaller scale to the garden matting, it adds extra fauna and foliage where there previously may not have been any. As an alternative to vines, it can add a little extra plant-life next to notably dull areas.


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