Do you enjoy your beautiful garden but can't seem to find the time to look after it? If so, a low maintenance garden is the ideal choice for you! We have teamed up with our friends at Bakker.com, Europe’s largest mail-order gardening company, to help make a low maintenance garden a reality. They have put together some useful gardening ideas that will make your garden look beautiful and attractive, without taking up a whole lot of your time.
Building the Garden
Choose a garden design using ceramic or slabs of stone, laid with mortar, which will prevent the monthly removal of weeds. Garden paving slabs combined with gravel provide extra atmosphere in a garden design. Put lining under the gravel, so ants and weeds have no chance of setting up home!
Make sure that rain water can drain away properly; it will reduce green deposits significantly! Use maintenance-free furniture, for example, aluminium and plastic furniture, as it requires a lot less maintenance than wooden furniture, which will need lacking and glossing regularly when exposed to the elements.
Low Maintenance, Evergreen Shrubs, Trees and Plants
Last but certainly not least, use low maintenance evergreen shrubs, trees and plants in the garden! For example, there are many evergreen trees, tall flowering shrubs and herb plants that can be used in your garden that need next to no maintenance. Stick to three or four species in large groups and plant them together to really save time.
Evergreen plants and trees do not shed leaves in autumn and this will save you from having to sweep! You can enjoy a natural garden with beautiful colours, without spending too much time cleaning up the remains of the summer season.
Oh, but maybe a little bit of gardening...
All that remains is to occasionally fertilise the garden, helping to create a colourful, full border without weeds. Cut off the faded flowers and water the plants on hot sunny days. After that, sit yourself down with a glass of wine or a cup of tea if that’s more your thing, and enjoy the whole evening in your newly-revitalised, low maintenance garden.