5 Tips for a Low-maintenance Garden
It’s every homeowner’s dream to have a beautiful garden, but a nightmare when it comes to maintenance. A manicured garden requires a lot of hours spent in maintenance and money to buy products to keep plants healthy.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You can enjoy a stunning lawn with low-maintenance.
Natural grass occupies most of the space in your garden. Consider changing to artificial grass, which doesn’t grow and doesn’t need chemicals to keep it healthy. Select plants that don’t grow much but give you colorful blooms with a wonderful scent. Be creative and go wild with your plants. Allow Mother Nature to care for them.
Stick to Unfussy Plants such as Perennials
A low-maintenance garden needs unfussy plants that will come back for many years. Perennials are a popular choice among gardeners. They pop up flowers with beautiful colors that please the eyes and emit bold aromas.
Prepare to fall in love with our personal choices of perennials for your garden.
They are known for surviving almost anything; changing temperatures, irregular watering, and fits any type of soil. Although their blooms last a day, they flower profusely.
The blooms of low-growing phlox cover the ground. In summer, the tall phlox produces flowers that provide a beautiful backdrop to your landscape. They require little TLC and release a sweet scent.
The large blooms provide elegance and appeal as they come in blends of lavender, blue, and white. It can live up to 50 years.
Install Artificial Grass
Maintaining natural grass in your garden requires mowing, watering, re-seeding, fertilizers and weed killers. All of these activities have to be done repeatedly, requiring costs and time off from your relaxation time.
Consider a switch to artificial grass with low maintenance, and will make your garden look beautiful all year. Since fake grass doesn’t grow you don’t have to mow the lawn. You have to hose at least once a week to prevent accumulation of grime, bacteria, and residue of pet droppings.
If you have kids or pets, you’ll have that peace of mind that they are playing in a safe place. Cuts and bruises can be avoided, except the crying. There are turfs especially made for pets, so you don’t have to worry about diggings.
Although artificial grass is a big investment, it will recover its cost over time. Premium turf lasts about 20 years and can be extended with proper maintenance.
Grow Evergreen Shrubs
Apart from making your garden look stunning, evergreen shrubs give you the much needed privacy, and shelters birds and wildlife.
Evergreens come in various shapes and sizes with different shades of green. When shopping, pay attention to the label or instructions. Shrubs don’t stay cute for long. You don’t want a maintenance nightmare by pruning four times a year.
We have picked our favorite evergreen shrubs to help in your selection.
1. False Cypress
It has soft-fern like needles and graceful limbs, it can withstand cold weather. False cypress is an accent plant that grows in a pyramidal shape and low-maintenance.
The leaves are dark green and glossy that perfectly matches its striking scented bloom. Gardenia loves warm climates and blooms all season long.
3. Arborvitae, Round Form
A dwarf evergreen shrub that grows 24 inches tall. It’s adorable in its roundish form and can be tucked anywhere.
Spread Mulch on Beds
Mulch is spread on top of the soil as a covering. It is used to keep moisture in the soil, prevent weeds from growing, block sunlight to the soil, and make garden beds attractive.
Wait until your plants have started growing before applying mulch. Your beautiful plants will die if they get buried in mulch.
Keep your mulch about two inches away from the base of your plants. This will keep your plants from rotting, prevent insects from nesting, and stimulate air circulation.
Let Some Areas Go Wild
Let Mother Nature design your garden to create a more natural flowing space with little restrictions. Allow your plants to grow around the edges without contouring them to the shape they’re not. This will mean a lot less maintenance for you.
Research before you select the plants that are native to your area. Be sure that plants will fit the space when they achieve maximum growth to minimize trimming. Native plants do not require chemicals to be healthy and to ward off insects. You can find some plants in your vicinity growing naturally.
Combine the traditional spaces of your garden with the naturally wild look. Bring in the pristine yard and blend it with some savage plants to go wild. Wild doesn’t mean it’s neglected, it’s bringing the design into your work.
Low-maintenance gardening simplifies your life and lets you spend more time enjoying your space rather than maintaining it. Try some of these low-maintenance garden ideas and see how much free time you will regain in your life! From perennials and mulch to shrubs and artificial grass, by combining these low-maintenance options, you can create a truly stunning garden that requires minimal effort and time. Hopefully, our tips helped you change the way you view gardening as a whole and now you know that gardening not only doesn’t have to be an insufferable chore but also can be a fun activity
About The Author: Jennifer Williams is a PR & Communications specialist working with Festivalturf.com to create content that would help its customers understand company mission and products. Jennifer is a DIY enthusiast settled in Las Vegas with her 2 dogs. In her free time you can find her working out in a gym, reading a book or browsing Reddit’s /aww subreddit for cute pet photos.
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