Garden protection is a priority for most of us. Whether protecting it from the vis-à-vis , the wind or the sun , the subject is very often at the heart of concerns! What are the 9 key points to ensure the protection of the garden while preserving its conviviality?
Protecting does not mean shutting oneself up and isolating oneself from the rest of the world. It is rather to create a protective box in which to feel good.
Garden protection for shelter
In the city, the main goal of garden protection is to forget an aggressive environment linked to urbanization. These include hiding from prying eyes or plunging views of neighbors too close. How to forget the vis-à-vis?
1- Modulate the occultation
Whatever the desired level of tightness, you will avoid the uncomfortable feeling of confinement by playing on the transparencies . A perforated structure, such as trellis or claustra , with a vegetation cover allows to hide without sealing hermetically. It’s just as effective and much more user friendly!
2- Vary the heights
No need to go beyond the 2 meters height and set up a concealment that gives no perspective on the environment of the garden. The gaze must be able to escape to the outside. For that, it is enough to create breakages of rhythms in the selected windbreak , whether it is a hedge, trellises or claustras. By combining different heights, it is possible to enjoy views while preserving privacy. In addition, it avoids monotony!
3- Give priority to multifunctional solutions
When the external space is restricted, the occultation solutions must be able to play several roles. They can, in particular, be decorative and help to create the style and atmosphere of the garden. A trellis or a pergola dressed with climbing plants are strong elements of the decoration which allow to vegetate while ensuring the protection of the garden. Similarly, a cloister can have a strong decorative power by itself. It can also be combined with a tray to bring a flowery touch near a dining area for example.
Garden protection for shelter from the sun
Protecting the garden from sunlight when the space is small is a delicate exercise. Indeed, the challenge is to succeed in creating a subtle harmony between the lighted areas and the shaded parts.
1- Choose the right orientation
Depending on the climate zone, the location of a shaded corner will be different. North of the Loire, it is better to implant it in the south or the south-west so as to take advantage of short periods of bright sunshine. On the Atlantic coast, it is better to place it in the southeast for a good balance between shade and sun. Finally in the South, the north or north-west orientation is ideal.
2- Dosing the shade
In most cases, the goal is not to create a dense shadow. It is rather to filter the sun’s rays . Combining a solid structure with plants provides good protection for the garden which is then warmed up without being burned. It can be a pergola or simple stretched cables on which to run climbing plants. Species with fine or cut leaves, semi-evergreen or persistent are the most appropriate. Star jasmine ( learn more about star jasmine ), clematis or honeysuckle , for example, have the added benefit of blooming!
3- Privilege modular solutions
In a small garden, it is interesting to use flexible solutions that will only be seasonal. Umbrellas and shade sails are easy to install and very effective for creating an immediate and beneficial shade. They are perfect complements of plant solutions and they have the added advantage of providing a decorative touch.
Garden protection to shelter from the wind
The wind is not appreciated by the gardener or the garden! It produces a feeling of freshness unpleasant that harms usability. It dries the soil more quickly, thus harming the good development of plants. A good protection of the garden helps to preserve the breath of the wind!
1- Install a permeable screen
Even in a small garden, a waterproof wall such as a wall or a palisade, is not very effective. The wind just passes over and in any case, the length of the protected area will be at best equivalent to the height of the occultation. Plants are excellent windbreaks because they let through the flow of air. A permeability of 50% protects an area corresponding to 10 times the height of the plant!
2- Install a suitable screen
Persistent shrubs are good windbreaks. Among them, the elaeagnus, viburnum, bamboo or orange Mexico are ideal. They benefit from being associated with grasses to form a succession of screens ( learn more about grasses ).
3- Install a custom screen
The arrangement of plants is as important as their nature to ensure the protection of the garden against the wind. A compact, persistent hedge on the edge of the garden is effective but monotonous, especially when the garden is small. Better to plant tight but staggered and if possible on several lines. If it is a question of protecting a specific place like a massif or a small kitchen garden, a low hedge planted in an arc-circle on the side where the wind dominates will be perfect.
Ensuring the protection of the garden is not so complicated! Forget the prying eyes, reduce the heat of the sun or temper the wind blast by following these 9 tips simple and easy to implement. Even more tips to protect your small outdoor space vis-à-vis here .