Fake it until you make it: a guide to low maintenance gardens
On top of working, cooking, cleaning, exercising, and maintaining an active social life, the majority of us just don’t have the time to give our garden the proper care it needs and deserves. There are, however, a number of inexpensive solutions to have your gardens glowing this Summer, with minimal effort involved! things you can do to rectify this problem.
Go (anything but) green
Replacing sections of grass with a patio areas might be an expensive outlay at first, but it needs little to no upkeep over the years to come. A paved area has a level of versatility that the same size area of grass simply cannot compete with. A patio can function just as easily as a daytime lounge area as a cosy, night-time refuge.
When you begin to contemplate the possibilities of such an addition, it becomes ever more attractive. Imagine the safe haven offered by a patio fitted with swinging hammocks and plush loungers. Or if that is not to your taste, it can just as easily be a formal outdoor dining area with a barbeque and fire pit for company. The possibilities are endless.
Catch some rays
Adding some solar lights to your garden is an inexpensive way to brighten the area up, without the hassle of extension leads and plug sockets. www.taskersonline.com have a range of solar lighting to help you to turn your dark garden into a fairy wonderland this Summer – perfect for those BBQ nights you just don’t want to end!
Make hand-edging a thing of the past
Keeping those edges neat is the perpetual thorn in every gardener’s side. There are a number of ways to remove this nuisance as painlessly as possible without having to go through the notoriously back-breaking technique of hand-edging.
One route would be to take the plunge and opt for the kind of permanent edging solution that is only available with artificial grass. A cheaper and labour-saving alternative however is to invest in edging shears,
Replace your needy lawn with more independent plants
One way to get rid of the demands of a grassy lawn without resorting to an artificial route is to embrace woodland plants as an alternative. Woodland plants require far less attention than lawn, saving you time and money, as allowing you to retain the authentic vibe of your garden.
The nuclear option
The nuclear option is of course just to abandon all hopes of taming your outdoor area into anything that even remotely resembles a garden. On the plus side, your garden is more likely to support a greater variety of wildlife.
From drastic changes to doing (literally) nothing at all, there are a number of ways you can create a low maintenance garden. Ideally, you will have found an option that suits you. But if not, maybe you will at least be able to take some inspiration from this list as a foundation for your own research.