4 tips to a perfect garden that requires little effort to maintain 2022

4 tips to a perfect garden that requires little effort to maintain 2022

Having a beautiful garden is a goal a lot of us aim to achieve. However, maintaining it can be time consuming and this puts us off tending to the gardens we already have. Having a beautiful garden doesn’t always need to be difficult. Here are 4 tips to help you create a perfect garden that requires minimal maintenance. 

1. Plant shrubs instead of flowers

A garden with beautiful and colourful flowers is lovely but requires a lot of tender love and care. If you want living elements in your back garden that don’t require much work, low maintenance shrubs are a good option.

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Shrubs are easy to plant meaning you can do this yourself. You can find advice on how to best plant them from gardening centres. To purchase what you need, such as topsoils, plants and gardening tools, there is a Home Depot weekly ad that lists all your gardening needs to help you get started. For example, on page 4 they currently have garden soil that feeds your plants going for $10 for 5 bags, and each one can last up to 3 months. 

There are lots of interesting shrubs to choose from that can make your garden look appealing without the need to plant flowers. Once the shrubs are established, they will need very little maintenance as not much watering is required. You can have a mix of both if you don’t want to totally eliminate flowers from your garden. 

2. Consider hardscaping 

Having a lawn in your backyard requires time to look after it. If time is something you don’t have but you still want a garden feel, you can consider hardscaping. 

Hardscaping is all the nonliving elements that can be found in gardens. Examples include paving, gravel, decking, stones and walls. You can design a garden that is largely hardscaping with minimal greenery. This reduces the time you need to spend maintaining your garden. 

Installing hardscaping can be labour intensive and time consuming to begin with. You can do it yourself or get some professionals to come and do the work for you. After it’s done, you will have a garden that you won’t need to put much work in going forward. 

With hardscaping the most you may need to do is periodically maintain it as and when required. 

3. Artificial turf

If hardscaping is not appealing to you but you still don’t want the hassle of maintaining a traditional lawn, you can go for artificial turf or grass as it is popularly known. Artificial grass became popular in the 1960s after it was used in the construction of the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. The grass is made to look as natural as possible with a lifespan range of 10-15 years. The life span goes up to 20-25 years where there is no heavy traffic. 

The initial cost of installing artificial grass may be high depending on the grade you buy and whether you choose to get it installed professionally or do it yourself. With artificial grass, you get what you pay as there are different grades that look different aesthetically and have a certain level of comfort underfoot. It’s a long term investment that pays off by giving you a long period of minimal garden maintenance. 

4. Hire gardening professionals

Many people want to have a traditional garden with a mix of all the living elements including flowers, shrubs, bushes and traditional turfs. The alternatives may just not be as appealing. If this sounds like you, then one way to have it all in your garden while spending very little time on it yourself is to hire professionals. They can tend to it for you and all you need to do is enjoy it when they are done.

Hiring professionals requires you to have a set budget in place in order to pay them regularly. This is an option a lot of people who can afford it go for. Prices for gardening professionals will vary depending on location and expertise. It is worth shopping around and looking out for referrals to get the right professionals for your garden. 

There is no such thing as a zero-maintenance garden. Every garden requires some work to keep it looking pristine. What determines the level of work is what you choose to put in your garden. 

4 tips to a perfect garden that requires little effort to maintain 2022

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We are already in spring! The time of rebirth and for gardens to flourish across the nation. Also, this is the perfect opportunity to plant and beautify your garden. But can you do it without spending a lot and being an expert? Of course, yes! You need a little creativity and follow the tips that we share below:

The first thing you should do is get to know your garden very well to determine which plants will thrive before shopping. You need to understand how and when the sun illuminates your garden, what kind of soil you have, the pests that increase in the area, and what has happened before.

4 tips to a perfect garden that requires little effort to maintain 2022

If you’re new to gardening, don’t worry; visit neighbors’ gardens to see what plants are thriving, consult with experts at nearby nurseries for local pests, and help identify the type of soil you have. Soil testing usually costs about $20.

Planting the native plants of your region in your garden can save you a lot of money on maintenance. These plants can be grown without much effort and little care as they are used to the type of soil and local climate.

To find out which plants are native to your region, ask local nurseries and conduct a little research in the Wild Flower Center database. Also, approach your neighbors; surely, they can help you.

You can reduce your yard’s water use by up to $70 a year by growing drought-resistant plants and planting your yard strategically. The experts at houselogic.com recommend planting small plants and grouping them according to their water needs.

Also, the time you water your garden is important. It is recommended to do it in the early morning hours, just before sunrise, so that the plants are hydrated all day. Watering them later only makes the water evaporate faster before it penetrates well into the soil. If you wait for the night, the humidity and the water that accumulates create an ideal environment for the proliferation of pests and bacteria in your garden.

4 tips to a perfect garden that requires little effort to maintain 2022

Known as “mulch” in English, it helps keep moisture in the grass or grass and minimizes water loss. You can buy it at your favorite store or make your organic mulch using grass clippings from your yard and fallen leaves from your other plants.

But you must be careful and make sure that the leaves of the plants you use are free from any epidemics as you would risk contaminating the other plants. Other slightly more permanent options would be to use stones and landscaping wallpaper.

You must know your plants and the pests that can attack them to be alert in case they appear and learn how to get rid of them. Weeds increase very quickly and compete with your plants for food and water, while pests take advantage of your plants and can contaminate your entire garden.

It is cheaper to invest in pesticides and use them than to see your garden die and replant it again. The Department of Agriculture has a list of the most common weeds in each region, available in English only, But we recommend that you visit local experts or your neighbors and check with them.

As with all major purchases you make in your home, compare the prices of each plant at different nurseries and home improvement stores like Home Depot. Avoid buying pretty plants impulsively without knowing if they will grow in your garden or not, and above all, try to buy at the ideal time:

At the end of the season. In addition to this, you don’t always have to use new gardening tools. Visit your neighborhood yard sales for a few weeks, and you’ll be amazed at what you can find for your garden for a fraction of the cost of the store.

Keeping your plants pruned is necessary more than for the appearance of your garden but for the health of your plants. If you plan to do it yourself, make sure you know how much to cut, and when to do it so you don’t harm your plants.

Otherwise, hire a designer to prune your plants at the right time to promote growth. If you plan, you can pay for this expense. Talk to several professionals and buy prices; maybe it’s something you only need to do every 3 months.

4 tips to a perfect garden that requires little effort to maintain 2022

Just as we recommend that you look for native and drought-resistant plants, we recommend that you plant a type of grass with these characteristics, such as the common grass or guinea grass.

It is important to water them often and use fertilizer to promote their growth. You could also choose to remove all of your grass and create a design of small rocks and plants. Visit gardens in your neighborhood and look online for ideas for new ideas.

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