A gorgeous plot deserves a beautiful garden. Whether your garden is big or small, it would need constant maintenance, and you can’t do away with it. There are clever ways to work with nature and your resources to bring out the best in your yard.
Remember that every garden requires a certain level of maintenance. What we can do is help you cut down on garden chores so you will have more time to appreciate it.
Getting the right balance of effort and strategy can help create a beautiful garden space everyone can enjoy. You will be surprised at how stunning your outside space can be with a low-maintenance garden.
Here are some ways to enjoy a low-maintenance garden:
1. What are the best garden tools?
Garden tools are essential in making your garden thrive and easy to maintain. Know the essential garden tools that can efficiently turn your garden plan into reality.
Here are some basic tools to set you on the right path to a low-maintenance garden:
- Hand Trowel: used for planting, plotting and transplanting;
- Garden Shears: used to prune and trim plants, shrubs and even tree branches;
- Hoe: used to cultivate the soil or create an edge for your lawn;
- Fork: used to aerate the soil, break compact soil, and remove unwanted weeds and stones;
- Shovel: used to dig and to move or add soil, compost, mulch, and so much more; and
- Gardening Gloves: used to protect your hands from irritation and untoward accidents.
2. Minimise Your Planting Space
A garden is not just about having plants, so try to limit the planting space. Plants do not need to take up the entire area of your plot to be a garden. Try narrow bed boarding that offers a clean minimal look.
Another way is to create gathering areas such as an outdoor living area, pergola and barbeque grill. You can also set up a hammock or a rug with a couple of bean bags. A garden with a space where family and friends can gather on a weekend offers an opportunity to bond and catch up.
3. Choose and Use Ideal Plants for Your Garden
One ideal strategy is to choose those that are native to your locality. Plants tend to thrive better when they are in their local environment which will require less maintenance.
Native plants that you may want to consider to include Australian daisies, Callistemon, flame pea, everlasting daisies and happy wanderer. If you are not familiar with the native plants in your area, visit local nurseries or your trusted landscaping shop for recommendations.
Shrubs are known as easy-to-care plants that offer a clean and minimal look for borders. They only require trimming every other month, and you’re all set. Choose shrubs that can be perfect for your garden, like Grevillea peaches and cream, ivory curl, copper glow, thyme honey myrtle and silky Eremophila.
If shrubs are too monotonous for you, you can add some perennials to brighten your garden. These plants bloom for months and only need yearly trimming to avoid getting too woody. You can try the perennials, such as English lavender, gaura, aechmea, antirrhinum and other stalwarts.
A focal point is a small area in your garden that aims to draw the attention of everyone. It can be an upright structure designed with several potted plants or a water feature surrounded by perennials.
The idea is to put together plants and ornaments to attract and draw attention. Focal points help the viewers know where to look first while intensifying the beauty of the surroundings. It offers an inspiration for viewers to appreciate your entire garden.
5. Construct Pathways
Another way to optimise garden space is by constructing some pathways. It serves as an access route to and from the house or to the gate. Pathways can also give you a walk-in-the-park feel while enjoying everything else in the garden.
Constructing pathways can also help ease your lawn from unwanted bare patches, infestations and diseases, especially the traffic-prone areas. You can use paving slabs, decorative stones and even mulch to create attractive pathways.
Lastly, schedule a regular clean-up day for your garden. Remove all unnecessary weeds, plants, debris and other things that would otherwise make your garden look clogged. Choose easy-to-clean furniture for your garden. Remember that your goal is to cut lengthy hours of garden chores.
Gardens make a beautiful facade to your home, but you don’t need a whole day to work on it. Spend less time with maintenance and enjoy more family or “me” time.
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