6 Tips For a Low-Maintenance Garden
January 21, 2019
Landscaped outdoor areas are beautiful to look at, but let’s face it – not all of us have the time, energy or skills to upkeep a perfect garden.
But don’t despair, there are loads of great ways to create a beautiful, green space, without having to put in maximum effort.
Here are six handy tips for a low-maintenance garden that don’t require a green thumb.
Fewer Plants, Less Work
This may seem counterproductive because a garden is nothing without plants, but more plants = more upkeep.
So, if you’re aiming for low-maintenance, having a handful of potted plants, one or two trees or a few hardy shrubs and bushes is the answer. Go for sturdy plants that don’t need coddling, and ask your local sellers about species that will thrive with minimal attention.
Cut Down Lawn Space
Lawns take hard work to maintain. You can cut down on this by paving or gravelling over a portion of grass to create a walkway, path or play area.
You can even opt for a small deck, gazebo or barbecue area on your lawn; anything to clear a swath of grass. Not only are these surfaces easier to clean, but they look great too.
Keep Tools Together
A lot of time is wasted on little things like trying to find pruning shears or going back and forth from inside to outside in search of a broom.
A low-maintenance garden requires organisation; keep all cleaning, repair and gardening tools in one area, like a shed or in the corner of your garage. This will make it easy for you and your family to contribute to upkeep like watering or raking.
Choose Low-maintenance Furniture
Aside from the greenery, consider the kind of furniture you’ll be putting outside. These items are part of your maintenance routine, so if you’re looking for items that are easy to clean, durable and won’t get damaged, aluminium outdoor furniture is your best bet.
Made from durable material, these tables, chairs and benches only need minimal care to keep them looking tip top.
Next to bugs and insects, weeds are the biggest bugbear in any garden. Besides destroying your plants, they take time and effort to get rid of.
The good news is, you can prevent much of this by spreading mulch on your flower beds, shrubs, planters and pots. A layer of mulch not only keeps weeds from sprouting, but it also nourishes your plants.
Install a Water Feature
If you have space and budget – try putting a water feature in your garden.
These are generally self-regulating and only need to be cleaned periodically, but they’ll do so much to liven up your outdoors. Even if you don’t turn it on all the time, and it’ll become the focal point of your garden.