Taking good care of your home can be surprisingly difficult. Especially if you want a beautiful low-maintenance garden. If you have a relatively large home or even a home with lots of different features, then it takes a while to maintain everything and keep it all in good condition. The more complex or detailed your home is, the more time it’s going to take to clean, wipe down and dust. But that’s just one of the responsibilities of a homeowner. Taking care of your abode takes time but it certainly shows if you’re diligent about it and take your time to carefully maintain both the interior and exterior.
However, one of the places that take arguably the most time to maintain is your backyard or garden. This is one area of the home that takes a surprising amount of time to plan, maintain and generally just look after. That’s because many of the beautiful things in your garden are living organisms that take a lot of love and care. Everything from your plants to the grass is alive, meaning they need to be taken care of if you want to ensure that they look beautiful and survive for many months or years.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t get a low-maintenance garden. Most of us would love to have a beautiful garden and the main barrier that prevents us from doing it is realizing just how much time it’ll take to get a proper garden that looks, feels and even smells great. If you’re interested in creating a stunning garden that looks and feels amazing, then here are a couple of useful tips that you can use.
Finding replacements for your lawn
Your lawn is one of the most complex and difficult things to take care of in your backyard or garden. It’s one of the largest things you’ll add, it takes a lot of work to maintain and you need to keep it trimmed which can take a lot of time. You’ll also need to invest in expensive tools to trim and maintain it, making it a surprisingly expensive investment. Fortunately, there are ways to get rid of your lawn or at least replace it with something else to make it a bit easier to maintain.
- If you’re adamant about keeping your lawn, consider having a sprinkler. This will water your lawn on a regular basis but you’ll need to check that the sprinkler reaches most of your lawn and is practical to install. This doesn’t save you from having to mow the lawn but it does mean you’ll be able to water the lawn and surrounding flowers without any manual labour.
- Consider replacing your lawn with artificial grass. The idea of having fake grass in your backyard can seem strange to some, but artificial grass has come a long way and you can get extremely convincing imitations now that are indistinguishable unless you examine it closely. Fake grass doesn’t require any kind of watering or cutting and stays the same size forever. It’s a wonderful alternative to a large lawn, especially if you’re getting fed up of constantly having to water and mow it.
- Create paths and paved areas around your backyard. A great way to cut down on the amount of lawn in your backyard is to create paths or make paved areas. This is a brilliant option because it adds unique elements to your garden while simultaneously making it easier to maintain. A paved area isn’t going to need as much maintenance as grass, hence why we highly recommend it.
- Replace parts of your lawn with flower beds. Flower beds are fantastic for people that want to add some visual interest and colour to their backyard. Unlike your lawn, they don’t require mowing but they will need to be watered and trimmed now and then. However, flower beds can be considerably less work to maintain if you have a bit of knowledge on how to look after those plants.
Maintaining your lawn takes a surprising amount of work. Simply getting it to a point where there aren’t large amounts of weeds can take some time, but making it stand out and look amazing and even is even more difficult. That’s why we’d highly suggest getting rid of your lawn in exchange for something like artificial grass, paved areas or even flower beds that are a bit easier to maintain.
Think inanimate objects
One of the biggest reasons why your garden takes a lot of time to maintain is because it’s filled with living things. We briefly mentioned this in the previous section and explained how a lawn is perhaps the most time-consuming thing to take care of in your garden. The fewer living things you have, the easier it’s going to be to take care of. That’s why we suggest mixing in a couple more non-living things in your garden if you want it to be easier to maintain. Here are a few suggestions:
- Consider adding decking to your garden. Adding decking is surprisingly simple and adds a whole new dimension to your garden. You can place all kinds of furniture on the decking, you can use it for cooking equipment and you could even build a shed or roofed area on your decking. It has plenty of uses and is much easier to maintain than a lawn. Simply pressure wash it or give it a good scrub every few months. You’ll want to ensure it’s coated with some protective layer when you first add it to make it more durable and long-lasting.
- Stones and rocks can add more natural vibes to your home. You may want to consider adding rocks and stones to create a natural-feeling environment in your garden. The light grey hues of rocks and stones add some visual interest and contrast to green gardens full of plants and trees. Large rocks typically don’t need much cleaning unless something is staining them. A quick blast with a hose or a gentle scrub every few months is usually enough to keep it clean.
- Gravel can be a good option for paving. Gravel is a surprisingly effective option for creating beautiful paths around your garden. They require a bit more maintenance than regular paths because you need to rake them to keep them even, but it’s a great way to make your garden a little more interesting and also take up space that would otherwise be used for high-maintenance lawns.
- Get weatherproof garden furniture for your backyard. Cheap outdoor furniture is fine for the most part, but if you want to spend less time cleaning it and keeping it well-maintained, then weatherproof outdoor furniture is a great option. This could be something as simple as a tree stump as a chair or even wooden furniture with waterproof cushions on it.
The goal here is to use more inanimate objects to maintain the natural feel of your garden. Technically speaking, it’s more about focusing on low-maintenance replacements throughout your garden. This can help you create a beautiful backyard that is vibrant and full of life but does require a bit of monetary investment and perhaps some DIY skills if you want to add it yourself.
Things to avoid for a low-maintenance garden
Now we’ll move on to a few things that you should avoid for a low-maintenance garden.
First, make sure you don’t grow anything that will essentially serve as food for common garden pests. Vegetables are a good example of what you should try to avoid growing in your garden if possible. This is because pests may chew on your vegetables, causing a lot of damage and making them essentially worthless outside of composting. Vegetables and fruits take a lot of effort to grow so it’s a huge waste of time if you don’t protect them from pests. When you consider the amount of time and effort it takes to grow vegetables and fruits and also protect them, you’ll realize that it’s a huge commitment that might be too much to handle.
Secondly, try to avoid growing any plants that require artificial assistance. For example, any kind of climbing plant will typically require you to watch the plants carefully to ensure they’re growing in the right direction. These can be tricky to maintain and will quickly grow out of control if you neglect them and don’t trim them on a regular basis.
Lastly, try to avoid container plants. Not only do the containers need to be cleaned, but you also need to pay very close attention to the container plants because they need to be fed, watered and occasionally re-potted. Container gardening can work if you purchase much larger containers since you won’t need to maintain them as frequently. However, having lots of small containers around your garden will be a lot of work.
We hope that these tips have helped you create a beautiful low-maintenance garden. You’ll likely need to give up some of the things you’ve grown used to, such as lots of colourful plants and a natural lawn, but the time-saving tips are often too good to pass up.
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