Gardening can be the ideal method of expressing yourself, and taking care of a garden doesn’t have to require much more than your time. There are several low-maintenance ways to create a garden that works for you and with the environment, giving you the perfect space to relax even while getting your hands dirty.
You can reduce garden maintenance by following these tips:
1. Add a water feature
Add a water feature that doesn’t require much work to the garden. A pond can be attractive and can add some wildlife to the garden. If you don’t want so much upkeep, consider a waterfall or fountain feature instead, which requires no pumps or filters and is far easier to clean than a pond. It provides sound to your garden as well.
2. Plant native species
Use native plants in your garden if you want something that requires less upkeep and is more environmentally friendly. Native plants are easier for local wildlife to use as food and tend to be better adapted for local conditions. They also require less watering, fertilizer and pesticides.
Replacing your garden fence can re-invigorate a neglected area. Tired and rotten fencing is ugly and a safety concern. Therefore ensuring your fence is well maintained and looking its best can be time-consuming, especially if you have a traditional wood fence. You could try an alternative product, like composite fencing panels that look like wood and don’t require regular maintenance to look their best.
4. Plant for the future
Plant perennials, especially shrubs and vines, in your garden. Shrubs will come back each year with little or no additional care from you, while vines will cover unsightly spots on your home or provide a place for birds and other native critters to build nests.
5. Replace grass with a manmade alternative
Provide a very low-maintenance alternative to lawn. If you want something that doesn’t require mowing, another option is to replace your grass with a manmade turf. It is an artificial lawn that looks and feels like real grass, even though it is not. These types of synthetic lawns require no mowing or fertilizing and are typically used when the ground is less than ideal for growing real grass.
6. Create seating areas
Another option to reduce large lawns is to add a seating area. Replace your lawn with an area that has several seating areas, such as patio blocks or decorative chairs. You could add these areas to the garden but use themed items that are not affected by weather, such as plastic furniture or stones. This will add a sense of theme to your garden and allow you to get comfortable in the chosen space.
7. Create a wildlife area
A wildlife area is another way to reduce maintenance in the garden. A wildflower garden is simple to create and your local environment will provide the plants that you need. You can also create a birdfeeder or a bubble nest for birds to use in your garden.
8. Minimize watering
Watering should be done only when it is necessary. Check your garden regularly to see if you have enough water stored up for the season or in case of a drought, you can use plant pots with drip-feeders instead of traditional watering cans. This can avoid excess water going down the drain, which means you reduce maintenance on your garden.
There are many ways you can reduce the maintenance required for your garden, from replacing your fence to replacing your lawn. You could also use alternative plants that need less upkeep to save time and effort on long-term maintenance. Following the steps above will help reduce the time and money you spend on maintaining your garden, leaving you more time to enjoy it.