Gardening continues to be a popular activity as reports indicate that there is growing demand for gardening supplies, and sales are expected to reach $7.9 billion this year. Apart from a bolstered demand in vegetable and flower seeds, there has also been an increase in sales of outdoor furniture and lighting as more homeowners are now making the most of their backyard. A garden can be a sustainable and enjoyable way to make use of your outdoor space, but busy families may find that the upkeep can be a bit of a challenge, since it takes time and effort to maintain a nice garden. Fortunately, with a little planning, there are various ways that you can create a fun, beautiful, yet low maintenance garden that you and your family can enjoy.
Limit the number of plants
One of the easiest ways to have a low maintenance garden is to limit the number of plants you have. Aim to have no more than six to 10 varieties so you can take care of them well. Choose hardy and low maintenance plants since they have a better chance of surviving abrupt changes in temperature. Those who love flowering plants will want to have geraniums, zinnias, marigolds, pansies, and English lavender in their garden. Avoid planting climbers such as ivy, which need control and endless looking after. Instead, choose low-maintenance shrubs like holly, dwarf Alberta spruce, or Blue Star Juniper. Protect your shrubs and flowers from being trampled by people or animals by putting a wooden fence around your garden, and remember to stain, paint or seal the wood to keep your wooden fence protected from wear and tear.
Choose durable and easy-to-clean outdoor furniture
Wicker furniture is the traditional choice for outdoor furniture, however, it’s important to know that this material isn’t impervious to sun damage and moisture. Moreover, wicker needs to be regularly dusted, vacuumed, and oiled to keep it looking its best. Instead of wicker, consider vinyl or resin furniture that mimics the look of wicker. To clean it, you only have to wash it every few months with water and mild soap. You may also consider furniture made of tubular aluminum or wrought aluminum, since they only need periodic cleaning with soap and water. Add water and weatherproof outdoor pillows, as well as an outdoor rug that only needs to be hosed down and air dried.
Rethink your landscaping materials
Anyone who has a lawn knows that it needs regular work and maintenance to keep it looking green and neat. If you don’t have the time to look after a lawn, you can pave it or replace it with decking tiles. Keep in mind that the more hard landscaping you have, the less work you’ll have to do in your garden. Avoid landscaping with gravel since it gets everywhere, and you need to rake and contain it to prevent your garden from looking messy. Instead, use slate tiles or slabs, which can be easily swept clean with a broom and hosed down every few weeks or so.
Having a low maintenance garden can help you appreciate your outdoor space more. Consider these tips to create a fuss-free oasis in your backyard and enjoy it with your loved ones for years to come.