Gardening can be an enjoyable pastime, but not many people want to spend all their time tending to their garden. Even if you like getting outside to mow the lawn or deadhead a few plants, a garden that requires constant attention probably isn’t an attractive prospect. Instead, you need a backyard that’s low-maintenance and won’t grow wild if you don’t have the time or energy to tend to it. If you’re tired of your current outdoor space or you’ve moved to a new home with an overrun garden, you don’t have to put up with it. Use these tips to create a garden that you can leave alone for the most part. You can enjoy spending time in it without thinking about the work you need to do.
Focus on Non-living Features
If you don’t want to have too many plants in your garden, you might think that it could look a bit bare. But there’s still plenty you can do with your backyard, without leaving it looking like a paved-over wasteland. All you need to do is focus on other features instead. Create a space that’s perhaps like an outdoor living space instead of a cultivated garden. For example, you could make wooden fencing a central feature of the area. Choose decorative panels, latticing and trellises to make things more interesting. You can place a focus on patio or deck areas and include places to sit down so you can use the space for socializing, as well as peace and quiet. You might want the focus of your outdoor space to be a swimming pool, a barbecue area or gazebo, instead of a lawn that you need to look after.
Choose the Right Plants
You probably don’t want a space that’s completely free of greenery. But you don’t wish to have anything too high-maintenance. One of the ways to ensure this is to pick the right plants and to plant them in the best place. There are plenty of flowers, bushes, shrubs and trees that you can have in your garden that don’t need a lot of attention. The most important thing to do is avoid anything that will grow extremely fast and start taking over the backyard. It’s up to you to decide how much work you want to do. Maybe you’re happy to go around with a pair of secateurs every few weeks or do some weeding now and then. Watch where you plant things too. Fiddly borders or lots of individual pots could create more work for you in terms of weeding and other tasks.
Set Up Automated Systems
There’s nothing better than getting technology to do a job for you. All you need to do is program it, and then you can sit back and watch while it does all the hard work. So, for example, you might want to get a sprinkler system installed to water your grass and plants. If you do, make sure that they target important areas, and you’re not just spraying water onto concrete or wasting it any other way. Another excellent tool you can use is a robot lawn mower. If you don’t want to go out and cut the grass, get something like a Flymo that you can turn on and set down to roam around. You could also try an irrigation system and something to collect rainwater for a more eco-friendly way to water.
Have a More Relaxed Lawn
There’s no hiding that your grass can be one of the most time-consuming things to look after. Getting rid of it might be a better option, but if you’re set on keeping it, there are some things you can do to make it easier to look after. For one thing, you can develop a more relaxed attitude to caring for it. It doesn’t need to be in pristine condition all the time, so let it grow a bit longer instead of mowing it so much. You can also change the terf to a more hardwearing species so that it’s lower maintenance. Get rid of fiddly bits too and keep your lawn in an easily manageable shape. You could install edging too and, of course, you could hire someone to come and take care of your lawn for you.
Look at Lawn Alternatives
If looking after the grass is too much, you might decide that it’s better to get rid of it altogether. You can use low-maintenance plants to add green parts to the garden. And you can use something else as the main material on the ground instead. Some people choose to pave over the area, but it doesn’t tend to look too good if it’s just plain concrete slabs. Some alternative materials you could try using include gravel, decking, bark or paving. If you’re worried about a dull and monotone effect, it’s best to use a combination of different surfaces. For example, having some parts with decking, some as a paved path and some with gravel will create different textures and colors to give the garden extra dimension.
Go for a More Natural Look
Learning to love a more natural garden could be the key to having a low-maintenance backyard. If you don’t mind things getting a little wild, you can leave things to grow out more than some people might be comfortable with. Instead of having a cultivated space that you manage down to the last leaf, choose a design closer to a cottage garden. You can have wildflowers and other things you don’t need to pay attention to. You could add a water feature that you can leave alone without having to use pumps and filters that require maintenance. Avoid putting fish in ponds and other water features so that you don’t have to put as much effort into keeping them clean.
You don’t need to enjoy gardening to own a garden. With the right design choices, you can create a space that you can use for what you want to do, instead of spending all your time mowing and pruning.