How to reduce the garden mowing and increase the enjoying!

By Paul Hervey-Brookes, February 04

How to reduce the garden mowing and increase the enjoying

Mowing, feeding, aerating and scarifying a lawn can be one of the most time consuming things that you do in the garden.

So, why not reduce your lawn size, do away with grass paths or your lawn completely and go for something entirely different.

Replace grass paths with paving slabs or gravel. Mellow Cotswold gravel or Rustic red carpet stones to create lightness and a traditional feel.  Through both something like creeping daisies will add a soft edge.

Large lawns can be visual deserts and can be replaced with diverse planting to increase biodiversity and areas of prolonged interest.

Creating or extending existing patios and terraces will allow you to create feature areas for interest which are accessible year round.

Rockery stones and cobbles together, combined with structural plants can really make an bold feature. A still water feature using a galvanised steel trough will reflect the sky and add a contemporary feel.  You could be really bold and be inspired by somewhere such as Prospect Cottage and do away with all the grass and plant bold swaths of herbaceous perennials, evergreen shrubs and place drift wood, architectural salvage and large containers amongst gravel, paving and cobbles.

However, if you still want your lawn but wish to reduce its size, you can add an interesting feature within it. Not a flower bed, raised bed or pond but a wide meandering path or dry creek.

Mark out your desired design and remove the grass. Use Natural Sandstone pavers, Harvest Gold decorative stone and intersperse with low planting such as Acaena ‘Blue Haze’ or the aromatic Chamomile.


Paul has his own highly successful landscape design business, and has also designed a range of gardening gifts for Marks and Spencers.

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