Low Maintenance Garden Ideas for a Stress-Free Outdoors
Having the most beautiful garden in the neighbourhood is something that many homeowners strive to achieve. Planning out how the landscape is going to look and planting things is hard work, but once that’s done, it’s done. The hard part is keeping everything looking great and that requires maintenance. But this can be difficult and time-consuming and most of us just don’t have time to work on our gardens. So if you’re super busy and pressed for time, you should look for low maintenance garden ideas that make life easier.
During the initial designing of your garden, try using solid materials like stone, slate and treated timber. These allow you to add a beautiful element to your landscape that won’t require watering mowing or trimming like plant life does.
Besides, who says a garden has to be all about plants? You can add a deck area to your backyard using treated timber wood. It makes for a great outdoor dining area or a place to sit and relax on your own or with your family and friends and you want have to worry about looking after as many plants or grass.
A great way to make your grass low maintenance is to trade most of your lawn for a paved area so that you won’t have to worry about maintaining a lawn at an overpriced cost. You can accentuate the area with pots and flower vases and still keep it looking like a garden without dealing with any of the high-maintenance stuff.
Another way to reduce the garden area that requires maintenance is by adding a patio to sit down, eat and relax. You can create your patio using materials like, stone or concrete. If done right, you won’t need to do a whole lot of maintenance on the patio and there won’t be as much lawn for you to mow, rake or water.
In order to design a low maintenance garden, it’s important to avoid certain things like having a big lawn. That’s because during the summer months, grass grows too fast and you’ll end up having to do more than mow every week. You’ll also have to remove weeds and fertilize the soil to keep the lawn from dying. The more square inches, the worse it will be.
Another way you can have a low maintenance garden if by avoiding the purchase of plants that require high maintenance. So avoid those plants that need pruning like roses. Oh and those hanging basket plants are bad news as well so avoid those. In fact, if you’re fond of cactuses, create a cactus garden. They are incredibly self-sufficient and require the most basic amount of water now and then. You should also avoid buying too many plants. More plants equal more work that you have to do. Even if you’re planting and growing veggies like onions and carrots, they’re high maintenance and you don’t have time for that right now.
When you design the border shapes around your garden make sure that you create ones that have a simple straight edge. These will be simpler to maintain then borders that have curved or complex edges.
A well-designed garden with a mixture of concrete, stone paths and wooden decks will down on high-maintenance needs and make it easier to keep up and enjoy your garden.