The Secrets of a Low Maintenance Garden

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Are you jealous of your neighbour’s perfect lawn? Do you wonder how they manage it when you hardly ever see them gardeningIt could be that they have learned the secrets to a low maintenance garden that always looks great.

If you want your garden to be more like theirs, you need to learn the secrets they’ve already mastered. Luckily for you, I know them too, and I’m willing to share…

A Good Design

The first secret of a low maintenance garden is a good design. If you really think about the space you have, you can design it in such a way that it will, for the most part, take care of itself.

Using planters instead of planting directly into the ground, paving over some of the space and using the permaculture technique of designing out any problems will give you a beautiful garden that needs little work at any time of the year.

Fake It

If you love the look of a lush green lawn, but you don’t have the time required to keep it mown and free from yellow patches, you might want to consider putting down Astrodeck lawn instead. You’ll never have to mow the lawn again, but it will look as great as your knowledgeable neighbour’s next door.

Choose Plants Carefully

Some plants take a lot of time and effort to maintain, while others need nothing more than a bit of water now and again to thrive.

If you want to spend more time enjoying your garden than you do working in it, it is vital, therefore, that you choose low maintenance plants like hardy perennials, seed sowing leafy greens and dwarf plants that won’t have to be staked.

If you’re not sure which plants and flowers are easy to maintain, get offline and visit your local garden centre who should be able to point you in the right direction.

Give Up Digging

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Did you know that it’s possible to create a garden that doesn’t require any digging at all? No-dig gardens are perfect for the lazy gardener who doesn’t want to spend too much time getting his or her hands dirty.

To create such a garden, use raised beds and movable planters, which can easily be maintained by adding compost or mulch instead of sweating as you till the soil. It’s the smart thing to do.

Work in Harmony with Nature

Nature is the world’s best gardener, so it makes sense to work with her if you want to spend as little time maintaining your garden as possible.

By attracting birds, insects, frogs and other animals to your garden, you can naturally control pests and rodents that ruin the beauty of your outdoor space. Just make sure that the food you put out is attracting the right kind of wildlife, the ones who will help you to keep your garden in control, rather than make the problem worse.

Are you a low maintenance gardener? What are your own personal secrets for maintaining a beautiful garden with only the minimum of effort?

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