Low Maintenance Garden Guide
Having a garden is a luxury that many would-be homeowners, inner city dwellers and flat fans covet. It offers an extra space to socialise and provides a great place to relax in and get back to nature. That is until you have to do some maintenance and your peaceful Sunday sitting on the grass becomes a noisy one pushing a mower around it. If you’re one of a growing number that would prefer to enjoy their garden rather than spend endless hours weeding, planting and mowing an extremely low maintenance garden that requires minimal time commitment could be for you.
So, how do you achieve this and still end up with an outdoor space that is both elegant and practical? Planning is key. It is the crucial step that allows you to build the perfect low maintenance garden and enjoy it as you’d intended year after year. There are several key design elements you should focus on in order to build a chore free garden…
Grass is exceptionally common in British gardens but it is far from being a low maintenance feature. Consider replacing turf with artificial grass, paving, pebbles, decking or for homes with young children, soft rubber flooring. All of these choices require a lot less TLC than grass.
There is no such thing as a plant that requires zero attention. They will all require some form of love and care whether it be pruning, watering or feeding. There are however plants that require less maintenance than others. Evergreens are a prime example and can be put into most gardens, receive very little attention and still survive. Avoid complex plants like roses however beautiful they may look. Making an informed planting choice is not only crucial to making your garden look nice, it will also determine exactly how much upkeep your outdoor living space requires. It’s worth talking to an expert in your local garden centre about the best plants for your area and skill level before committing.
Borders and Weed Control
Weeding is one of the more taxing jobs – so if you aren’t sold on hours hunched over borders tugging out unwanted greenery use a protective membrane before planting. This will stop the majority of weeds pushing through but still allows you to plant shrubs, flowers and plants.
Ponds and Water Features
This is a tricky one because a pond can drastically change the overall appearance of any garden. The number of pumps and filters required plus the need to feed and monitor any fish make them a very high maintenance feature. However, natural ponds that don’t have added life will maintain their own balance and require almost no work.