Ways to Reduce Garden Maintenance

by Keith Markensen

The idea of having to maintain your beautiful landscape can be a frightening one as it can be time consuming and labor intensive. If you are of the opinion that a garden with high maintenance needs is not for you, then you should consider planning one that has low maintenance requirements. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are constructing a low maintenance landscape.

Tips for a Low Maintenance Landscaping Designs

Use native plants in your design in place of “exotics”.

Because native plants have already adapted themselves to their surroundings, they are easier to maintain. They are generally easier to obtain and are less expensive than exotics.

Make use of snowmelt systems

If you live in an area that has heavy snowfalls, it is a wise idea to invest in a “snowmelt” system. Basically, this is a series of hot water pipes that melt the snow, thus saving you hours of backbreaking work.

Have automatic irrigation systems

An irrigation system set on a timer will water your plants without you having to stand with a hose for hours. Set up the system when you are constructing the landscape and it will save you a lot of time.

These automatic systems can be purchased in places and are relatively inexpensive.

Use Mulch

Using both organic (that which decomposes) and inorganic mulch will assist in the prevention of soil erosion and makes an excellent weed suppressant. Mulch also assists in water conservation as it reduces evaporation and reduces soil temperatures around the roots of plants.

Plant arrangement

Choosing to use larger groups of similar plants can reduce maintenance levels. If you have similar plants grouped together it is easier to control the watering, fertilizing and pest reduction as they have similar needs. Haphazard plantings of single varieties can make your job more difficult. It is also wise to create your beds so that they are narrow enough to allow easy access.

Regardless of all of these points, how you plant your specimens is vital. If they are not correctly planted according to individual plant requirements, they will either not grow to their full potential or may even die. This adds to your maintenance.

Ensure Simplicity

A simple “minimalist” landscape is easier to look after and if planned correctly can actually look far more attractive than a complex design. Rule number one is to ensure that you do not “over-plant”; you should allow for space for the plants to grow freely. This will ensure that you don’t have to prune or trim as often. Keep the variety of plants to a minimum as well.

Reduce size

Large, expansive gardens are fantastic to view but take a huge amount of maintenance to keep up that look. Home landscaping is best done on a smaller scale. Even without the use of rock speaker system, a smaller variety of plants in a small garden can be welcoming. If you have a large yard, reserve a small part of it closer to the house for landscaping coupled with an wireless speaker system and allow the rest to naturalize.

Following these simple tips will save you of time and money.

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  1. Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, really useful information.

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