A beautiful garden doesn’t have to require a lot of upkeep. If you’re not green-fingered, here are five tips that could help you to build a garden that’s both pretty and low maintenance.
Some plants require a lot of TLC, whilst others pretty much look after themselves. Choosing the latter type of plants will help you to keep your garden’s upkeep to a minimum. Evergreen plants don’t shed leaves in autumn, which could mean less clearing up for you. Meanwhile, flowers like daylily are vibrant and very weather-resistant, helping them to survive all weathers without protection needed. Flowers like agastache and yarrow also can also be left to their own devices for most of the year. Using tricks like companion planting could also help to fend off pest without the need for pest control.
When it comes to fending off heavy rain and frost, raised beds can be a great option. They keep soil warmer, helping to fight off frosts, whilst their drainage prevents the soil waterlogging. Raised beds also create clear boundaries between plant areas and lawn. You can find tips for building raised beds here.
Paving a large area of your garden over with patio could also save you the hassle of lawncare. For a small garden, paving the entire thing could help to create a courtyard feel. That said, you may still want to add a few potted plants around the garden to keep a natural feel. Patios will still need to be swept and cleaned occasionally – investing in a pressure washer could be worthwhile. You should hire a professional company to lay your patio if you want the area to be completely weed free.
Artificial grass can also prevent the need for lawn maintenance. This grass looks the part but doesn’t require watering or mowing – other than brushing it occasionally to keep it looking springy, there’s little upkeep required. There are many sites online where you can find more info on artificial grass. Many people choose to lay artificial grass themselves, but you can hire a professional to do it for you.
You can also reduce maintenance by choosing weatherproof furniture. Metals like cast iron may rust and need to be repainted regularly, whilst wood can also need repainting and refinishing after a couple years. Opting for a material like synthetic rattan could guarantee less maintenance.