There is a general perception that if you are planting a garden on your property, you should have enough time to spare to take care and maintain it effectively. However, with the use of some simple landscaping tips, you can reduce the amount of maintenance work you need to conduct on your garden, while still retaining the aesthetic value it adds to your property. These tips are ideal for individuals with busy schedules, those experiencing difficulties with mobility, or frequent travelers.
Designing your garden
One of the most important factors that you ought to keep in mind when planning the landscape of your garden is the effort required to transport shrubs, pots, plants and gardening equipment. When you go about designing a low maintenance garden, you should ideally plant those trees and shrubs that require intensive maintenance, closer to your home. This will save you time and energy in transporting water or gardening equipment from one place to another. You will also want to consider planting such shrubs and trees close to a water outlet.
Choosing your plants
While this is certainly an aesthetic decision, the truth is some plants require far less maintenance than others. For example, you may want to choose particular trees and shrubs that require low maintenance over perennial plant species. Although the variety you experience when choosing plants will be diminished to an extent, you will save on maintenance costs and time in doing so. Some low maintenance shrubs and trees need to be pruned as little as once a year.
Use mulch to cover your garden
For gardens that are larger than average, you may want to consider adding a layer of mulch over it. Mulch is a great way to help soil retain moisture so that plants, shrubs and trees do not need to be watered as regularly. Moreover, mulch is also an extremely effective organic solution to reduce the likelihood of weed seedling growing.