Tips for Minimising Garden Maintenance

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It’s great to have an outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy yourself

When COVID-19 arrived on these shores and the country went into lockdown, homeowners up and down the UK scrambled to order outdoor furniture, decking boards, patio awnings and so on—not just because doing up the back garden was one of the few activities still available to them, but because they were going to be cooped up at home for a while and they wanted a place where they could get some fresh air and exercise without exposure to the general public.

The problem is, gorgeous gardens tend not to stay that way without a bit of elbow grease

Many people have outdoor areas that they barely use because they don’t want to deal with the upkeep. If you’re not keen on cutting grass, repairing fences, sealing paving slabs, etc. then you might even prefer to live in a property with no garden at all (especially if you’ve already got your hands full with childcare and work commitments).

However, it is possible to have an attractive outdoor living space that doesn’t need lots of manual labour. Here are a few tips to help you minimise your garden’s maintenance requirements:

Use low-maintenance materials

There are lots of different materials you can use in your garden, and some require a lot more maintenance than others. Turf needs to be looked after, hardwood decking has to be cleaned and stained annually, and stone paving must be sealed or else it’s prone to staining.

If you want to keep your list of chores as short as possible, consider swapping your lawn for a low-maintenance material like composite decking or porcelain patio tiles. Make sure you get a high-quality product that won’t need to be replaced in a few years’ time; for example, solid decking tends to come with a longer warranty than hollow deck boards.

Let your lawn become a miniature wildflower meadow

But maybe you don’t want to get rid of your lawn—maybe you having a little piece of nature on your property. You could switch to artificial grass, but the fake stuff is never quite the same, is it? 

If you love your lawn but hate mowing it, you could simply leave the mower in the shed and let nature reclaim your garden. Some climate-conscious scientists have recently been pushing for people to stop mowing their lawns in order to create more habitats for bees; you could even purchase a few packs of wildflower seeds to give nature a head start and add a bit of extra colour to your garden! 

Fancy flexing your green fingers? Choose low-maintenance plants

Gardening can be relaxing, enjoyable, and good for your mental wellbeing. If you’re looking for some easy plants to start with—or if you just don’t have a lot of spare time—try lavender, hydrangeas, or one of the many evergreen shrubs that are mostly content to look after themselves once established.

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