20 Tips How to Create a Simple Low Maintenance Garden
We would all love to have a beautiful and traditional English garden that everyone would be absolutely green with jealousy about but not all of us have the time it takes to turn that dream into a reality. There is just a ton of work that goes into not only the planning of a garden of this scale but also the upkeep can become so tedious that you just neglect it and it simply fades away into memory. Instead of being worried that you do not have any other options how about trying a no nonsense approach to beautiful garden spaces that is high in the beauty factor and low in the upkeep department?
You do not have to have full grass and a thousand plants to define a space and make it beautiful. Instead you can use modern and old fashioned products that will make your space pop and also make you feel like you are living in a lush wonderland. All you need is a really good plan and a budget in mind to transform your garden from drab to fab. We’ve put together 20 wonderful tips that will help you to get some great ideas for your outdoor space.
Here’s our top Low Maintenance Garden Tips
- Know your space – What kind of garden do you have? What sort of lifestyle do you live? Well these are questions to ask yourself because if you are single and looking for a place to entertain or you have a family and are looking for a quiet retreat you will want to know this ahead of time so that you can put your plans into actions. You will want to look around your garden right now and find out exactly how much room you have to go with and then start sketching out plans either on paper or in your head about how you think you want things to look. What do you really want to use the space for and go from there.
- It all costs money – If you are choosing a low maintenance garden because you are on a tight budget then start there. Imagine that everything in your garden will cost money, the plants you buy the water that you will use to water everything to keep it alive. Even the time that it will take you to clean up everything or to tend to the garden all costs money and if you are not interested in investing that much money in it remember that when you are picking out things for your garden itself. Do not get in over your head thinking that you will make the time or make more money instead follow your instincts.
- There is such a thing as no maintenance plants – If you do your homework you will find that there are some truly no maintenance plants on the market that you just plant and leave and mother nature will do all the work for you. You can buy things like ornamental grasses that simply need a trim once a year or trees or shrubs that if planted in the right spot can actually do just fine on their own with natures help. It means that having that smart plan in place will prevent you from actually buying things that will keep you constantly tethered to the pruning sheers.
- Fill it in – If you have dirt or grass that you do not want to deal with anymore consider filling in this space with something else. How about doing paver blocks that will turn a boring looking dirt or rock yard into something defined and beautiful. You can find blocks that fit any budget and they look beautiful when laid into place. Once they are laid down and filled in with fine sand of your choice of colours you shouldn’t have to do anything but clean it off once a year and be done with it past that point.
- Decks are in – Even if you have a very small garden space a deck well placed can add not only height and beauty but also fill in spaces that would have been otherwise dead in your garden area. Decks can be built for a little bit of lumber and it doesn’t take a carpenter to do the work. Just a few planks of wood and screws and glue and perhaps a weekend and even the most novice of DIY’ers will be able to put something up that will look absolutely beautiful in their garden or patio area.
- Rock and Roll – There is absolutely nothing with less maintenance than having a rock garden. You do not have to do anything other than lay down a plastic sheeting so that grass and weeds do not grow up between the rocks and then lay the rocks out and you will be done. You do not have to do any sort of watering or upkeep about it at all. You just pour it and in no time you will have a beautiful no fuss way of adding beauty to an otherwise bland back yard.
- Yard without Yard – Do you love how grass looks but have zero desire to actually keep it up so that it looks nice all year long? Well how about using fake grass instead. Long gone are the days of the AstroTurf looking grass that was the bright crayon green. Instead in it’s place is fake grass that looks absolutely real unless you actually reach down and feel it. The only thing you have to do to upkeep this grass is spray it off every now and then in case your pets or other people’s pets have come to visit your yard.
- Succulent Plants – Succulent isn’t just the way you want your steak to taste anymore. Instead it’s a wonderful line of plants that not only do wonderful if you forget to water them but also come in a variety of kinds so that everyone no matter what taste they have in the way they want things to look will have a beautiful choice of plants that will be available to them. One of the best of the succulent plants is bamboo and this grows in almost any climate and will grow back quickly if cut down as well. It’s beautiful and green and if you decide that you can spare a bit of time and you cut off the lower foliage you will reveal the most beautiful stocks that you’ve ever seen.
- Planter boxes – Instead of having large areas of plants that are growing directly in the ground how about using planter boxes. You can use anything as a planter box and in small spaces this is absolutely the way to go. You can plant things that do well in little to no sunlight. You can plant anything you’d like in them and because they are in containers they are easily accessible and they will really even if they die you can replace them easily enough. Its a great idea for those people who are limited on space and also limited on a budget because as we said before anything that you have could be used as a container including an old bucket or even a chucked tea set could really bring beautiful spots of Colour to an otherwise bland space.
- Think about the kids – If you have children you know that they can run your yard ragged in a matter of hours. If you are doing this because you have children think about catering to them specifically. How about pouring concrete in your garden and painting play spaces for them to use while they are outside. You could paint things like hopscotch and four square designs so that they can truly have an oasis to play in that you know won’t cause them any sort of harm. Having a concrete patio or garden means that you do not have to do any sort of upkeep other than washing it off with a hose and a brush now and then to make sure that they do not slip and fall on water that’s collected or getting off stains that might have happened as we all know kids make messes.
Pots, plants and shrubs are down to personal choice, how much work do you consider high maintenance? The number 1 way to reduce the bulk of the garden work is hard landscaping. By creating paved or decked area’s this will dramatically reduce the area you need to tackle.
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The next 10 tips to keep you garden work and maintenance low!
- Moss isn’t for Rocks anymore – Instead of planting grass how about using moss as a ground cover that will be resistant to most anything that nature might throw at it. You will need to find out what zone that you are living in so that you can pick out the right kind of moss that will do well for your area but you can plant as little or as much as you want and no matter if you live in a constantly wet place or a place that is more dry you will be sure to find one that will do the trick and really have bursts of colour that you deserve.
- Automatic Watering – Now this isn’t just for the rich anymore. There are many DIY projects that specifically talk about making your own automatic watering systems for your garden plants that will take the work out of doing the work in the garden. If you absolutely must have plants but you are afraid you will forget to water them you can put these systems on a timer and without any fuss at all keep your garden plants well watered and looking beautiful.
- Collect Rainwater – With the automatic watering systems comes an issue of how much money it costs to water everything. With drip systems at an all time high demand if you put a few rain barrels on your patio or in your garden to collect rainwater you can also have free water that you can water all of your plants with whenever you want them to be watered. It’s free and it’s perfectly legal to do this.
- Simple is better – Instead of over-thinking everything how about just keeping things simple. Instead of needing to make things complex and very time consuming just pick out beautiful pieces that you love that you make work in your garden or on your patio so that you have a space all to yourself. You do not have to spend a ton of money on anything if you find something that you like put it in the garden and see how it works for you. Do not let others tell you that you have to have specific things in your space because this is where you will come to relax or entertain.
- Native Plants – If you want beautiful plants that will do well in your zone then pick plants that are native to it. Do not spend your time in specialty garden shops that sell plants from all over the world. Go to your local ma and pa shop and get things that grow every day in your neck of the woods for a low maintenance garden
- Borders are good – Define spaces because the more you define the better looking the place will be. It will look finished and polished and everyone wants that in their garden area. So use soft circular edges that will box in beautiful areas and will help to just make everything look finished and lovely.
- Stepping Stones – Did you know that you can make and even go out into nature and find your very own stepping stones and bring them home and put them in your garden? This is a low cost or free option for those high traffic areas that just need a bit more in the way of paving but you do not want to spend the money on blocks.
- Vines are Beautiful – Vines are green and beautiful and can really make a great addition to any garden or patio. No matter how small or large your space is having a wandering vine in the garden makes it look almost whimsical and beautiful all at the same time. Make sure that you pick a variety that will do well in your zone though so you do not have to put in extra work.
- Music to the ears – Putting in a small water feature or having wind chimes is a wonderful way to add some music to an already beautiful symphony of nature. If you live in a flat and you hear the sounds of cars over the sounds of anything else this would be a great option for you.
- Stay away from ponds – No matter what anyone tells you ponds are a ton of work and they aren’t something that you want in your space. You want to stay away from anything that isn’t nature made in this department because they attract bugs and wildlife that you perhaps might not be ready for. Having a nice birdbath might actually fix your need for having water in your yard though so try that.