How to Plan a Garden That's Low-Maintenance
1.Small or awkward-shaped areas of lawn take longer to mow. Make life easier by straightening or smoothing edges, and use wide, straight paths with edges flush to the lawn for quick mowing.
2.Use a mulching mower and leave the clippings on the grass to avoid having to dispose of them. It will help feed the lawn too!
3.Consider replacing your lawn with a wildlife-friendly wildflower meadow that only requires occasional trimming. Grow a native wildflower mix that is adapted to your local conditions.
4.Make garden beds straight or gently curved. Raised beds help to bring the growing area closer to the gardener, so they’re easier to tend and reduce bending.
5.Layout your garden so that the parts that require more maintenance are closer to where you need to access them, or next to your tool store or shed so you spend less time moving tools and equipment around.
6.Grow thirsty plants that need regular watering near a water outlet, or install an automatic watering system.
7.Containers need a lot of watering and feeding, but by grouping pots together, or using fewer, larger containers, watering will be much quicker. This also slows the rate at which pots dry out, so less watering overall is needed.
8.Plant low-maintenance vegetables and fruit, including
•perpetual spinach or
•soft fruit such as currants and
•fall-bearing raspberries; or
•apples, pears and other hardy free-standing fruit trees.
9. Also, plant easy-care trees, shrubs, and ornamentals.
Hardy trees and shrubs suited to your soil and climate are usually lower maintenance options, such as:
Many grasses require cutting back just once a year, such as:
•such as miscanthus or
while ground-covering perennials help crowd out weeds such as:
Bulbs are often very low-maintenance too. For spring bulbs, simply take half-hour in the fall, and plant a bag of bulbs! Daffodils and Lily-of-the-Valley are great choices for our zone, not to mention deer-resistant.
10. Reduce the amount of weeding you need to do by covering any areas of bare soil with thick mulches of organic materials such as bark chippings, which will gradually rot down and help to improve the soil.
taken from https://www.almanac.com/video/how-plan-garden-thats-low-maintenance
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