You love to garden but don’t find time to maintain it. Don’t bother, imply these easy landscaping tips to make a low maintenance garden.
Easy Landscaping Tips for a Low Maintenance Garden
Unfortunately, there is no plant that is maintenance-free and every garden requires regular care and seasonal cleanup work. However, by making some changes you can reduce your efforts.
Grow plants that are low maintenance
1. So what are the plants that do not require special care? The answer is simple, native plants and the plants that are most suitable for your climate and growing conditions you have for them in your garden.
2. For a low maintenance garden, you’ll have to do a sacrifice. Instead of exotic plants, choose indigenous species, preferably those that occur naturally around your area. Such plants are easy to adapt, tough and resilient and will grow well even without special attention.
Group plants according to their requirements
3. Group plants according to their requirements at the right location, plants that require full sun or shade must be planted carefully together. Plants that require moist soil must not be planted with the ones that have low watering needs.
4. Give preference to drought tolerant plants as they require less watering. Also, the plants that grow slowly are a good option as they need less pruning. Those plants that spread widely must be planted too as they cover space, which means fewer plants. Also, don’t forget about the plants that resist pests and diseases.
5. There are a variety of conifers that do not shed their needles in the winter, so in this period when everything seems dull they will look good in your garden. Conifers do not require regular care from pests too.
Opt for perennials
6. Instead of sowing seeds of annual plants routinely, opt for perennials. You will only need to do deadheading and pruning sometimes. Once grown, most of the perennials do well with infrequent watering. These plants are also quite resistant to pests than annuals. If you would like to grow annuals, grow the ones that are self-seeding and require less care.
No lawn please!
7. If you want a low care garden, avoid having a lawn. Instead, design a rock garden there or plan something unique. Plant a flower bed or grow lawn alternatives. Growing ground covers, small shrubs, and bushes is also a good idea. You can also create a wildflower meadow there, this will give a chance to wildlife to thrive.
Don’t overcrowd your garden
8. Plant moderately, don’t overcrowd your garden. The more plants you have, the more your garden will require treatment and attention.
Do something about watering
9. An indispensable solution may be the automatic irrigation system, which practically does not require maintenance, it allows to save time so that you would have to spend on watering the garden. Garden is irrigated by sprinklers or drip irrigation lines. The system is activated at a time you set and dispense the correct amount of water to particular groups of plants.
10. Automated watering system may be expensive, however, there are a few more hacks that can save your time like growing drought tolerant plants or those that prefer dry soil.
11. Large shrubs, long living trees, fruit plants once become established get water from nature and require watering sparingly. Also, you can replace your ordinary containers with self-watering ones.
Use slow release fertilizers
12. Slow release fertilizers limit the use of frequent fertilization. In addition, in the long run, they provide the plants the amount of nutrients they need, gradually.
13. Mulching is the part of easy landscaping. Do mulching everywhere, this will help in keeping the soil moist, water will evaporate less and roots will get ample moisture. Also, thick mulching (2-3 inches at least) helps in eliminating weeds. Around your garden beds, you can also cover the soil with pebbles and gravels. This will make your garden more attractive and it works as a mulch too.
14. You can also cover the empty space of your garden with sun blocking plastic sheeting, it may not look good but doesn’t allow weed seeds to germinate and spread.
Also Read: Tips to Eliminate Weeds