When it comes to enjoying our outside spaces, some people thrive from tending to annual plants that need constant care and attention. Some grow their own fruit and vegetables that need to adhere to strict timings. But, this isn’t the story for a lot of us.
Between our busy lives of work, kids, and attending social activities, tending to a garden can soon feel like a chore rather than a hobby. For some, it may be a case of being unable to physically tend to a garden that may involve actions such as kneeling. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t mean that we don’t want to enjoy our outdoor spaces, especially during the warmer months. It just means we have a different idea about how we can enjoy them.
Would you rather spend your downtime sitting in your garden with a novel that you can really get your teeth into? Rather than worrying about whether that rose bush you’ve been keeping your eye on just doesn’t seem to be getting any better? Then there are a few low maintenance garden ideas that will allow you to enjoy your garden your way.
So how can you achieve a low maintenance garden that isn’t any less beautiful than the neighbour’s who pour all of their spare time into ensuring their flower beds are pristine all year round?
Keep It Simple
This may seem like an obvious point when it comes to creating a low maintenance garden. But it’s easy to get carried away at the garden centre.
Don’t introduce too many different containers into your garden.
Avoid flowers beds as they will often require a lot of work.
Ensure plants you introduce aren’t annuals as they will only last for one year
Keep away from fast growing hedges – opt for climbers, holly or yew instead.
Another good tip is to spend a little time researching any new plants that you do introduce to ensure that you’re planting them in the right place in the garden. The last thing you want to do is place a plant that requires a lot of sunlight behind a large shadow-casting piece of outdoor furniture – then spend your life trying to work out why it isn’t growing.
Install Features and Focal Points
To create a wow-factor in your garden without the massive upkeep, installing some sort of feature may be worth considering. Water features, such as ponds and fountains, are a great way to create a gorgeous outdoor haven without having to keep a constant eye on it. Although it may be a good idea to remove the leaves every now and then.
By not introducing fish into your water feature, you’ll find that your pond should fall into natural order and be less likely to suffer from algae problems. To keep maintenance minimal, avoid very shallow features, as you may have to fill these in more frequently than you’d probably care to do so.
Lay An Artificial Lawn
Artificial grass is a great way to ensure your garden is a place that looks great. It’ll also provide a comfortable place to sit, play, or walk on when the sun is shining; unlike concrete slabs.
There are plenty of reasons why artificial grass is perfect; whether you have a pet dog, or you rent a flat and have a balcony that you want to make your own. With options to lay artificial lawn permanently or temporarily, it suits a wide variety of needs.
If you’re ready to create the low maintenance garden of your dreams without compromising on quality and aesthetics, shop for artificial grass today. We also guarantee our lawns for ten years, so once it’s laid you won’t need to worry about elaborate upkeep.