A Simple Guide to Low Maintenance Gardening
Having and maintaining a garden can be a hassle if the appropriate steps aren’t taken to put routine maintenance procedures into place. There are plenty of techniques that can help keep work minimal in any season and any garden, and there are also ways to build special gardens that require minimal maintenance. Below we’ll reveal several tips and methods professional gardeners use to simplify maintenance practices and help their gardens become more self-sufficient:
1. Understand Soil Preparation and Pest Prevention
These are two topics every gardener should be familiar with to get a better grasp on their garden maintenance capabilities. Giving your plants an ideal soil rich in the right balance of nutrients and elements will ensure that you don’t have to come back later to supplement with special teas or other feeding regimens. Likewise, building the garden with pest-resistant features built-in can prevent you from having to perform tedious pest removal maintenance in the future. One trick many gardeners in the UK use to keep weeds out of their garden is to surround the gardening area with professional-grade artificial grass like Grono.
2. Know your Plants and Schedule Plant Maintenance
Some plants are easier to take care of than others. So it seems that, fundamentally, a low-maintenance garden would require low-maintenance plants. On the other hand, even the pickiest plants can be cared for with minimal maintenance if the owner/caretaker is familiar with the plants needs and has prepared a simple garden planner and the proper environment to accommodate those needs. Most maintenance can be streamlined by studying the plants’ nutritional needs and marking the calendar on specific dates/times for feeding, watering, and checking.
3. Keep Equipment and Necessities Organised and Close
It’s hard to get things done quickly and reduce maintenance requirements when you can’t easily get hold of the tools needed to quickly tackle issues as they arise. Thus, the simple act of installing a modest gardening shed in close proximity to the garden can work wonders to make maintenance time feel a lot easier and go by a lot faster.
4. Learn About Automated Systems
If routine watering is making up a huge portion of your garden maintenance, consider using automated irrigation systems with timers, sprayers and pumps. If engineering a simple DIY auto-irrigation unit doesn’t sound like your thing, maybe try using a DIY drip-feed system, which would give each plant or raised bed a reservoir that slowly drips water into the soil. Since watering and feeding make up a huge portion of the maintenance regimen, automating these tasks can drastically minimise the work involved in keeping your garden in optimal shape.
Check Your Garden Daily
Finally, as a bonus tip: Schedule a set time or timeframe in the day to stop and check all of the plants in your garden. This is a great way to reduce stress, bond with the garden, and get any necessary maintenance tasks done, which, if you’ve followed the tips above, should be minimal.