Some people love to spend hours in the garden watering the plants or performing maintenance tasks like pruning. However, some of us would rather do just about anything else.
If you have a busy life and gardening is not really a passion of yours then a low-maintenance garden can be a really helpful hack to make sure the yard still looks great, but you don’t have to give up your weekends working on it.
Plan Your Garden
Planning is absolutely key when it comes to creating a low-maintenance garden, and can ensure that you have thought about how much upkeep every aspect of the garden will involve.
Working closely with landscape contractors can make all the difference, especially if you explain to them that you are looking for something low maintenance, a good contractor will be able to make decisions based on low maintenance options.
If you move into a new home and take over the garden that the previous owners had, it might be loads of work, it is impossible to tell sometimes. For instance, in some gardens, you might have to water plants or even the grass regularly to keep it in great condition.
Careful planning makes all the difference and can ensure that your garden looks after itself for large periods of time.
Go Big with the Pots
Pots are excellent for ensuring you don’t have to do too much maintenance. Pots limit the way that some plants grow which means that you don’t necessarily have to prune them, and they don’t grow roots into the ground.
Potted plants are really easy to look after and in an area that gets regular rain, some plants might not even need too much in the way of maintenance.
Things like succulents are really good for this and don’t need you to do much in the way of looking after, and certain herbs and pepper plants are also really low-maintenance and will grow in challenging conditions.
Consider Artificial Grass
The grass in your yard could be one of the most annoying maintenance jobs, whether it is mowing or making sure they get enough water. Grass can be a real pain point and in some conditions, it grows so quickly that you’ll feel like you need to mow it every single weekend.
Artificial grass solves a lot of these problems and can help to ensure you’re not spending loads of time doing unwanted tasks.
It’s also good for things like irrigation and for pets, so there is no need to worry about the plastic having other forms of maintenance. Occasionally it may need brushing but this depends on the type of artificial grass.
Choose Low-Maintenance Plants
Lots of plants can quickly get out of control, growing quickly and demanding lots of water to stay healthy and ensure that your garden doesn’t start to look neglected.
Fortunately, there are a lot of different options, and plants that are used to growing in tough conditions and don’t need you to do much. For instance, there is a range of hardy geraniums and wildflowers that will look after themselves for long periods.
If it is totally bone dry for extended periods you will need to provide them with some water, but besides this, they pretty much look after their own needs and can survive if you go away for a few days.
This is another thing that you can seek advice on. You can ask your landscape gardener for a list of plants that will work in the conditions where you live. Of course, this varies hugely depending on where you are in the world and the temperature, plus how much rain you get.
Light the Way with Solar Power
Solar power is the perfect option for lighting your garden and it avoids the need for any complex wiring to get power into the yard.
Solar lights are usually standalone units, meaning they also don’t cost you anything to run, they simply charge during the day in the sunlight, and then when the sun goes down they are ready to glow and light the way.
Solar is also excellent for the environment which makes them a great choice for the eco-conscious gardener.