Anyone who owns a garden most likely wants it to be a pleasant, relaxing place to spend time. But the truth is that gardens can take a lot of work. You’re going to see the plant-life you want or keep it tidy and stress-free without getting up to sort it out every now and then. However, there are ways to severely reduce the number of hours you have to spend out there to get it just right.
A place to relax
What do you use your garden for? If you would like a garden room where you can relax on some solid material and not have to worry about getting dirty or bothered by creepy crawlies, then it might be better to consider converting a lot more of your garden with a patio or decking. If you want an outdoors space but prefer a little more insulation, you can even consider fitting it with folding doors.
Ponder a pond
Water features aren’t exactly work-free by any stretch of the imagination. They require work to keep them clean and to keep them free of algae. The good thing about ponds, however, is that a lot of the work can be done for you. Even if you want a pond full of life, you can get pond filters to keep your fish and plants healthy while keeping rid of algae and green water. Ponds do need to be vacuumed every month or so, which involves lifting out any fish or plants you want to protect, but that’s a small price to pay.
Mulch ado about nothing
Perhaps you have green thumbs but just not enough time to always be fighting the good fight against weeds. Some people don’t like the aesthetic of a garden that is heavy with the mulch. If you want to protect your flower beds from encroaching elements, however, it’s a sound strategy. You can even use different materials for mulch such as seaweed to do the exact same job. It drastically lessens the amount of work that goes into weeding.
Pestering the pests
Similarly, you might want to protect flowers and especially a vegetable garden from pests who can come and gobble it all up. Pesticides might do the trick but garden owners concerns about them affecting the soil and the other wildlife you might prefer to see are very justified. Instead, you should consider the companion plants to grow alongside your garden that repel pests. Marigolds and chrysanthemums aren’t just pretty, the smell can scare off aphids, mosquitoes, and even pests that threaten your pets like ticks and mites. And again, if it’s slugs that are the problem, then mulch is a good solution.
The tips above are all about saving time, but if you really want a garden that you don’t have to deal with at all then you should consider getting rid of the natural part altogether. There are plenty of synthetic grasses that look as good, even if they do limit what you can do with the garden to a degree.