Enjoying a beautiful garden is still possible even if you’re on a busy schedule. With a few simple tips, your garden can always look vibrant all year round.
Luckily, there is a wide variety of low-maintenance plants that you can choose from. There’s also no need to incorporate an expensive landscaping in order to achieve a dramatic effect in your garden.
Here are the different and easy ways to design a low maintenance garden.
Transform your lawn into a gravel garden or meadow
Add features that have easy care design such as a pebble foundation or walkway. It can give your garden an interesting appeal during the winter season. Use gravel to line your walkways and floors – it ads texture that requires minimal upkeep and stays tidy.
Identify and create areas for specific use
These areas can include an herb or vegetable garden, a play zone for children or pets, and an entertainment area for family members and guests. Make sure to identify the shady and full sun areas of your garden, and then plant accordingly.
Consider planting a water-wise garden
There are many interesting and colorful varieties of cacti, aloes and succulents that you can incorporate to achieve a low maintenance garden. Even plants that need regular watering can still be considered so long as they are planted in a specific zone that have drip irrigation or any other similar watering method installed. Choose native plants to your area – they will require less maintenance overall.
Install an irrigation system
Save hours of watering by hand by installing an irrigation system in your garden. One of the easiest ways to feed your plants is by using a slow-release fertilizer that you can expect to last for the whole season. You can incorporate the compost prior to planting in the containers or you can sprinkle around the plant bases that are growing in the border. This method can be particularly useful when the soil is poor.
Choose low-maintenance plants for your garden
Trees can be the absolute low-maintenance plant that you can consider in your garden. Just make sure they don’t have a lot of pest issues in your area, and mind how and when they drop their leaves. Also consider shrubs (Mahonia, Heather, Daphne, Euonymus); conifers (Juniper, Thuja occidentalis, Cryptomeria japonica, Pinus mugo); grasses (Stipa tenuissima, Miscanthus sinensis, Carex elata Aurea, Festuca glauca); perennials (Sage, Chives, Dianthus, Bergenia); bulbs (Muscari, Cyclamen, Crocus, Snowdrops); and climbers (Pyracantha, Jasmine, Hydrangea, Passiflora caerulea).
Reduce the lawn’s overall size
This can help in giving your lawn some minimal upkeep such as once-a-week cut in the summer along with maintenance in the spring and autumn and regular edging. Replace those regularly used lawn areas and paths in shade with concrete landscaping.
Build and design outdoor living areas
Extend your living space and create more entertaining options that can be useful in warm weather with outdoor lounges, dining areas and seating spots around fire pits. Decks, patios and terraces are great ideas for cutting down on planting lawns and spaces that otherwise would need maintenance. No doubt, these gathering spaces will not only make good reasons for you to enjoy your garden more often, they also require less maintenance compared to garden beds!