Any gardening fanatic will always tell you how incredible it is to be at one with their little patch of the great outdoors, how rewarding it always feels and how relaxing it can make a weekend. Any gardening realist, however, will pop in a caveat about how frustrating it can be too. Of course, it’s frustrating, though. Keeping on top of a garden can consume the hours of your life faster than a locust can consume a cabbage.
Luckily for you, it is not all doom and gloom in the gardening world. You see, with the right prep and planning, tools and strategies, you can make your garden much less maintenance. Hat means you can stop working on your garden and start enjoying it.
It’s All In The Planning
If there is a universal truth that flitters about in the professional world of landscaping, it is that putting in the hours at the front end will seriously pay off down the line. That is why it is always worth starting off with a plan. Our recommendation is to go down the zoning route, which is easily done by measuring your space and then dividing what you have into different zones. Have somewhere for playing, somewhere for growing, a spot for relaxing and a place for entertaining. It is also worth planning how you can keep maintenance down with biggish structures, trees, bushes, paved areas and decked hideaways.
Have The Right Tools
If you are thinking about cutting your lawned area with a scythe then you may want to reconsider your options. You see, tools are designed to save you time, which is why it is well worth investing in some of our favorite garden tools. Things like pressure washers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers and pole saws can all drastically reduce the amount of time it takes to complete a task and that is what will help you create a low-maintenance garden. Less time equals less work. It is a rather simple equation when you think about it.
Pick Suitable Plants Only
The key to any low-maintenance but beautiful garden is choosing the right plants to entertain. As a golden rule, you want to choose plants that are a little hardier. That way they won’t need quite so much attention, which is sort of the dream. The other thing to consider is plants that don’t need quite so much watering because believe it or not; watering can be quite the time-consuming chore. The best way to make sure you get the right plants is to look at your garden, where the shaded areas are, which parts get the sun and where the water lies. Once you know this you can research what plants are best suited to what conditions. Voila, you are setting yourself up for an easier life.
Lawns Aren’t Compulsory
Lawns require a lot of attention, which is why you should consider some of the less intensive alternatives out there. It could be that you drop a salt water swimming pool in there, or perhaps you eat away at the space with some lovely flower beds, or nice winding paths or ground cover, all of which will limit the amount of mowing, fertilizing, watering and just about everything else that is associated with the upkeep of a glorious looking lawn.