Have you always dreamed of owning a beautiful garden but have been put off by the thought of the constant upkeep and maintenance it would require to keep it looking nice? Well, who could blame you?
Life can be hectic, and most of us don’t have time to devote several hours every week to the upkeep of our gardens. That isn’t to suggest, however, that a garden can’t be low-maintenance while being stunningly attractive; it just takes a bit of thoughtful care and planning, that’s all.
And today, with all of the landscape design apps and technology we have at our fingertips, it has never been as easy to plan an awesome, low maintenance garden as it is today. On that note, here are seven tips to keep your garden looking great with minimal effort.
Unless you are one of those people who seem to have been born with green fingers, you will probably know just how hard it can be to keep plants and flowers alive in your garden. No matter how much information you read and how much care and attention you give them, sometimes, your favorite plants will just wither away and die - almost in the act of defiance.
Of course, the culprit in these scenarios is usually a lack of experience from the gardener, especially when it comes to some more fragile plants with very specific requirements. With that in mind, if you are going to cultivate a low maintenance garden, it’s a good idea to only stick to the hardy plants and trees that don’t require much care, such as perennials and evergreen shrubs like lavender and euonymus.
Artificial grass is your best friend if you’re looking for an easy life as a gardener with a low maintenance garden. Seeding, fertilizing, weeding, and mowing all become a thing of the past, and you can just sit back and admire your beautiful lawn all year round.
Shrubs and bushes are extremely low-maintenance plants that you can incorporate into your low maintenance garden. They provide lovely natural plant shapes that require little to no pruning, are pest and disease resistant, bloom consistently, and are tolerant of a wide range of growing environments.
Some are evergreen, while others have colorful flowers, all low-maintenance shrubs require little more than keeping them properly watered until they’ve established themselves in their new location.
If your garden has any paved sections, it’s better to leave them alone. As you would know, these areas require very little maintenance (apart from a jet wash once or twice a year), which is ideal if you want to live a simple life.
Paved sections, when done right, can give a garden a distinct aesthetic while also providing a useful place for things like barbecues or a children’s play area - so think twice before you get rid of concrete in your garden.
Container gardening is the method of growing plants in containers instead of in the ground, which provides a vast array of benefits for those looking for an easier life with their garden. Rather than digging holes, trimming roots, and taking care of large plants, it’s much easier to manage everything from a handy little container instead.
On top of this, container gardening is ideal for urban locations where a full-fledged garden isn’t possible since it allows you to make the most out of a small area. An excellent option for a low maintenance garden.
Hedges can cause problems in gardens for several reasons. First, it can cause conflict between neighbors if they are used as a divider between properties since if you don’t do your share of the upkeep, it will negatively impact the people who live on the other side. Secondly, lots of animals and pests find their homes in hedges. To avoid all of this, swap the hedges for fences and enjoy a much more straightforward life.
Putting a layer of mulch down on your soil is an excellent way to prevent weeds from germinating by blocking their light and smothering them if they do manage to sprout. Mulch also helps prevent soil erosion, and it helps to keep the ground underneath both fertile and protected. It’s a no-brainer if you want to keep your garden weed-free but ready for new plants.
There’s no need to shy away from your garden projects! When you need to get rid of larger amounts of garden waste or debris, we have the perfect solutions to help you clean up. With these seven tips and ideas for a low maintenance garden, you can be sure you’ll grow a beautiful garden with minimal effort that you can be proud of.