Everyone likes having a garden, a corner of green that is a world away from the hustle and bustle that we generally have to put up with in the day. But most of us don’t have the time to spend hours maintaining a garden to keep it looking neat and attractive. Leaving a garden unattended even for a little while can leave your outdoor space looking less natural sanctuary, and more home of the Swamp Thing.
While you can spend money on a professional gardening service and have strangers going in and out of your private space, your other option is to have a low-maintenance garden. That is, a garden that looks how a garden should look, with minimal effort.
That garden is within reach. Here’s how.
Quite simply put, a smaller garden is easier to maintain than a larger garden. You’re not always in a situation where you can have much input in this point, unless you’re still in the property buying stage. Nonetheless it’s something to keep in mind. Do you really need a lot of space? A smaller, well-designed garden might be all you need to give you that slice of nature you want.
Some plants require a lot more maintenance than others. Choosing plants based on water needs is a process known as xeriscaping. Cacti are an obvious specimen to have in the low maintenance garden as you pretty much just plant them and forget about them. But the thorny florae aren’t your only option. Plant ornamental grasses or succulents like aloe, scilla, gasteria and haworthia.
Get the growing conditions right from the beginning. Having elements like sun, water and nutrition come together from the start will save you time and effort later. Put your plants in locations where they’ll get the right amount of sun. Mix fertilizer, compost or nutrient-rich soil in your garden bed so the plants can get good nourishment and make sure the garden is in an area where the soil drains well.
As for watering, instead of having to go up and down with the hosepipe every day, simply install an irrigation system. Purchase one with a timer and you’ll only need to check on your garden every couple of days.
Mulch the beds of your garden with hay, straw, newspaper or commercial weed barrier to reduce or prevent weeds from growing with your plants. And rather than wait till weeds grow and become difficult to take care of, pull them while they’re young.
Make use of ornamentation and features that add attraction, take up space, but require no maintenance work. Beautiful fences can be made with tapered poles. Landscape boulders take up place and add a dramatic style without requiring any follow up care.
Your lawn is probably the feature of your garden that requires the most care and attention. To minimise this, simply reduce the surface area of your lawn. Plant ground cover in shady areas, pave a portion of your ground, or install a hardscape like a patio, deck or shed.
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This article was written by Daniel Stevens who is an avid reader and gamer. He’s also a fan of the great outdoors and when he’s not writing up a storm, that’s where you’ll find him