Are you a weekend gardener? I do not mean do you garden on the weekends , I mean do you spend your whole weekend gardening! Do you spend your weekends working in the yard trying to complete an ever increasing list of jobs? Does what once brought you pleasure now bring you pain and a feeling like things have gotten out of control?
Don’t feel alone many people face they same problems. They started out enjoying time in their yards doing little projects or building planting beds, but now it has gotten to the point where the maintenance has begun to take over their lives. Gardening is suppose to be an enjoyable pass time not a stressful or back breaking second job. Here are some ideas that I think will help you to bring the joy back into your gardening and to give you back your weekends!
It all starts with a list. You need to get a notebook and do an assessment of your yard. Your tour should start at the front yard entrance and continue around the whole yard. I want you to take your time and look at everything. Be every critical while on your tour be sure to jot down what you see if there are current task you are doing that you hate write these down as well These are the things you will need to look at and think about.
- What areas do you like the most.
- What areas do you like the least.
- What plants do you spend the most time maintaining.
- What areas do you really like that do not require very much work
- Are there areas that seem to be constantly needing weeding.
- What is the hardest area to mow on the lawn
- Are their areas that you just love and want to keep no matter how much work.
- Are there areas that you could change the design on and make more maintenance free.
- Can you imagine any changes that would help eliminate the jobs you hate most.
Now that you have your notes it is time to make a plan. Okay grab a cup of coffee or a cold drink and your notebook and lets get started. Go over your note and think about each area. Think about the things you hate to do the most and put a mark next to these items. Put notes next to things you want to keep the way they are . Put notes next to things that you want to change. Also add any thoughts you have of what you would like to see. Alright now that you have reviewed you notes start a list based on each area and what you think about it from your notes. As you make this list place an X next to those things that you like but are a lot of work and a check mark next to the things you love and would not eliminate no matter how much work it involves.
Your goal will to be to start eliminating all the areas that you have not marked first. The areas you hate or do not care about so much. These are they items you will want to tear out and replace with low maintenance areas such as lawns or shrub beds. Once you have this list you will have a road map of where to begin.
Once you have the biggest headaches out of the way start to work on those X’s maybe add some drip irrigation to cut back on watering time. Put down some thick mulch to help control the weeds. Use pre-emergent herbicide to cut back on the weeds. Once you have gotten things more under control you will have time to implement time saving techniques in these areas. Eventually your garden will not be consuming your whole weekend and you will start to enjoy the pleasure of your garden instead of dreading the drudgery.