First impressions of your home do count! You do it all the time when you visit a friend or drive past a neighbour’s home. The entrance to a home is the first impression so make your pavement lawn design stand out with a healthy lawn and a few other focal points.
In South Africa the pavement is supposed to be the responsibility of the municipality; however, that should not stop you having a lovely lawn that you personally care for. A striking entrance is a mixture of design, practicability, and space availability but if created right will produce some striking results. Most of our entrances come with a hefty wall before we enter the property, so use the space wisely and add that touch of green lawn with fabulous plants along the wall border.
Grass does go dormant in the cold winter seasons so adding some green foliage or plants alongside the border will make sure your entrance remains impressionable throughout the year.
Before you design you’re pavement lawn space, take the following points into consideration:
- Drive around your neighbourhood and get some ideas. Have you ever noticed that the entrances to community developments are always well thought out and inviting.
- Make sure you use indigenous lawn coverage for your green space as this will have a longer lasting season. There are many different types to choose from, you may want to research these lawn design ideas before you make your decision. Also, most types of grass will do well in full sun or part shade. Be sure to consider the amount of foot traffic the area will get, as some grasses are more tolerant of heavy usage than others.
- Plan the space before you start planting and creating borders, things change and plants do grow. It is important to take a few minutes to measure the size of your pavement lawn. This will help you determine the appropriate amount of lawn care products and lawn equipment that you will need.
- Consider using a border for your entrance lawn. There are many types of border available but if you find those too expensive find old bricks or come up with something creative and lay them on your lawn border edge. This will prevent the beds from getting larger and encroaching on your lawn.
- Use plants that are evergreen for your garden, as the grass goes dormant in winter, the focal point to your entrance will change from the lawn to your plants.
- Use an irrigation system to water your lawn and garden to be water wise and safety. This can help to keep your lawn looking green and healthy, and it can also save you time and effort when it comes to watering the lawn yourself.
Whatever lawn design ideas you choose, be sure to consider the needs of your family and the climate in your area when making your decisions.
Neglecting your pavement lawn can make your home look unkept and unappealing. You can create a beautiful and functional lawn that will be the envy of your neighbourhood. Be sure to measure your lawn carefully, choose the right type of grass for your climate and needs, and add in some landscaping features to give it personality. With a little planning and effort, you’ll have a lovely entrance space that you can enjoy for years to come.