Mowing the lawn and trimming the bushes are probably no one’s favourite activities. Its no secret that most people are living busy lives and that gardening is unlikely to become a top priority. And yet, the fact that garden chores have to get done is undeniable for any responsible homeowner. That is if you want your exteriors to look good and stay functional.
Neglecting garden maintenance can quickly lead to your beautiful outdoor spaces transforming into messy, unsightly jungles. They will be uninviting to both your own family and guests. On the other hand, a well-maintained garden is pleasant to the sight and welcoming. In reality, any time spent working on your garden, as little as it might be, is time well invested. Plus, unlike what many people might think, keeping a garden looking its best doesn’t have to be an all-consuming or impossible job to accomplish.
Maintaining a garden you can be proud of is well within reach, even if you are not a garden maintenance expert. There are many ways to make the process of looking after your plants, lawns, trees and flowers far easier. By applying some essential tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way towards gardening success.
Here are 5 smart ways to simplify your garden maintenance:
Make smart garden choices
Evaluating your needs and expectations is the first and most thing when it comes to good gardening maintenance. How much time can you devote to your garden? Are you willing to hire a professional gardener? Are you manually skilled enough to maintain intricate garden designs? These are all key questions to ask before even getting started with your landscaping since they will greatly impact your garden maintenance routine. Some plants are higher maintenance than others, or better suited for certain types of spaces and weather, so you should take every factor into consideration. Always make sure that your garden can fit your lifestyle. When it does, taking care of it is a breeze.
Set up a watering system
Sprinklers and drip irrigation systems are great ways to save precious time and work in your garden. All plants, just like you and I, need water to survive. Failing to water your plants properly can cause serious damage. Overwatering your plants, placing them in constant contact with water though, can put your garden in the risk of pests and disease. With a smart irrigation system, you can save yourself the trouble and make sure your plants are always getting watered in just the right amount. Plus many of these systems can be set on a timer. That way, you can set it up and forget about it.
Having a professional gardener to help out periodically, even at least once a season, can greatly benefit your garden while also reducing your workload. A professional gardener can also be of great value by giving you advice on plant choice and care. With their help, you can keep a healthy and beautiful garden without getting overwhelmed.
Scan for Pests
Dealing with pests is one of the worst nightmares for any gardener. Pests can severely damage your precious plants and, when widespread, be extremely hard to manage. Preventive action is the best way to keep a healthy garden and avoid finding yourself with a problem that is out of hand. Periodic plant scans and the appropriate use of pesticides will help any bug or plague problem escalate into a garden disaster.
Make use of non-green elements.
Plants are extremely beautiful, but like all good things in life, involve work. If you want a garden but aren’t as eager about the work it entails a great option is finding balance in your garden composition. Having a few flowers lined with stones or gravel can prove far more maintenance-friendly that filling the space to the brim with plants. If you want to simplify your workload, design your garden according to your needs.