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How to create a low maintenance garden

Many people think that creating a garden you can really be proud of requires money, time and lots of planning. And even once you’ve created the garden of your dreams, you need to be tirelessly committed to attending to all of its needs and demands, just to keep it presentable. In reality, with an understanding of the most arduous gardening tasks (and the plants that make them a necessity), you can create a low-maintenance garden you’ll really love.

Discourage weeds by packing plants close together

One of the most time-consuming and physically demanding gardening chores is weeding. Identifying the pests, and then uprooting them and ensuring they never return can be incredibly difficult. Remove the weeds, and your garden becomes a lot easier to manage.

Instead of opting for environmentally devastating weedkiller products (that have also been found to be toxic to human cells), you should instead consider the many more environmentally-friendly methods. Putting some thought into the arrangement of plants can go a long way. By packing your garden full of plants, you don’t give weeds the space to flourish and ruin your otherwise pristine garden – all the while siphoning off precious water, nutrients and sunlight from your favourite plants.

Container gardening

Placing all your garden’s plants into a container is another alternative that really works. Within the confines of a container, your plant only has a limited amount of room to grow. Because of this – as well as eradicating the possibility of weeds materialising – you don’t have to bother with another tedious task – edging and pruning. With rigidly regimented boundaries for each plant, there isn’t any space for unwelcome problems to develop.

Using containers to house your plants needn’t come at the cost of the aesthetic of your garden. Durable containers are available in patterns and colours of all styles, and taking the time to ensure that the design of each container synchronises with the rest of your garden, can create a compellingly vibrant and eye-catching outdoor space. You can, however, just as easily opt for a muted and understated design in line with your own aesthetic taste.

Incorporate decking or a patio into your garden

While the initial investment can be an obstacle for some, installing decking, a patio or artificial grass in lieu of a lawn, is a time-saving move long-term. Unlike constantly growing grass, shrubs or trees, a patio (or likewise) doesn’t lock the gardener into a constant, unending and ultimately unwinnable tussle to keep it at a manageable size. As well as giving you somewhere to position chairs and a table, patios and decking are popular because, when done well, they also look great and break up the monotony of an all lawn garden.

Watering plants

This point is especially important if you have a large garden, with a massive array of plants that need regular watering. Setting up an autonomous irrigation system will not only save you a great deal of time, it can also be a financially (if you have a water meter) savvy move. By incorporating self-priming pumps into your garden irrigation system, you can more accurately and easily provide your garden the water it needs to flourish.

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