If you’re looking to make your spring garden maintenance a breeze, you’ll want to check out these low-maintenance tips! Many people dread doing additional gardening in the spring, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can do plenty of low-maintenance tasks to help get your garden ready for the year ahead.
Editing your plants, planting in blocks rather than randomly, and choosing easy-growing perennials are just a few examples. So, check out these tips if you want to make gardening less stressful this season.
More wildflowers mean more wildlife and less maintenance. Consider adding low-maintenance borders of native perennials like coneflowers, asters, and bee balm to add texture and colour to your landscape without needing heavy pruning or extensive weeding.
Be ruthless with your perennial cutback!
If you have perennials that attract slugs and snails, such as hostas and Solomon’s seal, it’s best to get rid of them. Choose low-maintenance substitutes like geraniums, gaura, Japanese anemones, or ornamental grasses—there are plenty of choices available that don’t need extra care.
Take anything too tall that needs regular stalking; the trick is to do less but get more (in terms of low-maintenance planting).
Density is critical when planting your low-maintenance garden. Planting in blocks rather than randomly will help the shrubs knit together, helping to keep weeds at bay and hydrate the soil. Not only that, but it also looks much better and adds more visual interest to your landscape.
Ornamental grasses can add a low-maintenance, elegant feel to your garden. They don’t need mowing, and their low water needs make them perfect for low-maintenance gardens. Plus, they come in a wide variety, so you’re sure to find something that fits with your other plants and looks beautiful!
Low-maintenance structural shrubs like hebe, osmanthus, and buddleia are great for low-maintenance gardens. They require little pruning and have low water needs, plus they provide structure to your garden. Planting them together will help keep the ground moist and suppress weeds—let nature take its course.
Covering garden beds with a layer of mulch will help reduce the need for watering and feeding and keep weeds at bay. Mulching helps to lock in moisture, reducing water consumption by up to 70%. It’s an easy, low-maintenance task that’ll help keep your garden looking its best.
Smaller beds require frequent weeding and mulching—something that low-maintenance gardens aim to avoid. So, instead of having many small beds, create a few larger ones with low-maintenance plants. This will help keep maintenance to a minimum and create a more visually appealing garden.
If you have a small garden, it’s tempting to go for lots of small pots of containers, but these take a lot of work. Only use large containers as few containers with a combination of plants create impact but significantly less work.
Look for plants that don’t need a lot of water, like olives, lavender and rosemary. Succulents are low maintenance, too and look great in low-maintenance gardens.
Annual plants need more attention but perennials don’t, so think osteospermum and verbena for way less maintenance.
Here are some more tricks to save you time and money…
Landscape fabric is a low-maintenance way to keep weeds from invading your garden. Make sure to cover it with mulch, so it’s less visible and allows for water drainage. Here’s a step-by-step guide to using landscape fabric.
- Clear the area you want to cover of all plants you no longer care for and weeds.
- Pin down the landscape fabric using galvanised wire or pegs.
- Cut around the remaining shrubs and make some more for your new shrubs.
- Ensure the holes are small but not so tight they strangle the plant
- Cover the area with bark, mulch or pebbles
Make sure you group plants according to their water needs—this will help save time and water. Group low-water plants together and keep them away from high-maintenance, thirsty plants like roses and hydrangeas.
If you can stand it, leave your lawn alone, and let it grow wild, encouraging wildlife, bees and spiders that will maintain the garden for you.
Lawn fatigue is real, but so is lawn envy. If you need more tips on looking after your lawn, read our blog on lawn maintenance here.
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Get your low-maintenance garden to a great start by following these simple tips! With some planning and forethought, you can create a beautiful landscape requiring minimal maintenance. And the best part? You’ll be able to spend more time enjoying your garden instead of working on it.