Helping make gardening easier
Many of us love to spend hours in the garden pottering, but for those with busy lifestyles, we just want our gardens to look tidy and inviting for the least amount of effort and time spent possible.
So how exactly can we give our garden the least amount of attention to get the most from its appearance?
To help you garden smarter, our team has suggested 10 tips across garden design, watering & garden maintenance to help you see greater rewards from your garden from less effort.
1. In the summer, it's better to water plants in the evening or early in the morning, when the soil is cooler, as less will evaporate than during the heat of the day. It is also better to water deeply every 5 - 7 days, than a little 1 - 2 days. When we say deeply, that would be a bucketful per plant, so that the water infiltrates deeply into the root system. This then encourages downward root growth.
2. When removing existing weeds, make sure you remove all the weed. Get to the roots by using a weeding trowel or knife. If you have weed mat on your garden beds, this is going to be impossible to do - another reason to remove it.
3. Use a thick later of mulch (10cm) to prevent weed seeds from sprouting.
4. To prevent weeds from growing in the first place, choose a vigorous ground cover plant, to minimise the space available for weeds to develop.
5. Invest in a professional garden design or some expert advice so that the plants you have in your garden are low maintenance and require minimal upkeep, depending on where you live and your soil conditions. Experienced gardeners and garden designers will not only know what plants grow well in your area but also which wont take up too much of your time.
6. Invest in some good quality gardening equipment, so that garden maintenance tasks are made easier with clean, sharp, well designed tools.
7. Have a definite border between lawn and garden bed. This makes the overall garden look more tidy and stops the grass spreading into your beds.
8. Consider getting rid of lawn areas which have no purpose. Little patches of grass around the property take time to mow and can look untidy. The same area with an attractive aggregate stone, a feature pot and low maintenance planting can be a much better alternative.
9. Invest in a good leaf blower. Nothing tidies your pathways and concrete areas quicker.
10. Employ the services of a local gardening business to help you. You may only need a couple of hours once a month to make a significant difference to the overall appearance to your garden.
We hope that some of these garden maintenance tips will make life a little easier for you.
If you do need some help in the garden, either garden design advice or a couple of hours garden maintenance a month, please email us as firstname.lastname@example.org and mention this blog to receive 10% off your first visit.