Last year I featured The Walled Gardens at Croome in one of my blog posts, That entire adventure, which took us to beautiful walled gardens highlighted by art exhibits, has inspired this particular blog post. Often it’s so easy to take your garden for granted. In fact, most homeowners make extensive changes to their home, but neglect to make some necessary changes to their garden. It’s true that gardens can be high-maintenance and homeowners don’t always have the time to tend to them. Maintaining a garden when you have a pet can also be very challenging, too. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful garden. You just need to ensure that yours is low maintenance. Summer is not only the best time to spend outdoors with your pets, family, and friends; it’s also the ideal time to make a few changes to your garden. Here are some of the things you can do to make it easier to maintain:
Modify your garden plants and your lawn: House Beautiful recommends you strip your lawn altogether and opt for a paved or gravelled one instead, as it’s easier to maintain and is more pet-friendly. If you do decide to keep your lawn, keep it at a more manageable shape and size—one that won’t require you to spend all afternoon mowing it. When it comes to your plants, choose hardy evergreens that require very little care. You can also add shrubs to your garden. Make sure you get the slow-growing compact shrubs as they don’t need much attention. They only need trimming every six months or so.
Don’t take mulching for granted: As it’s the best way to reduce water evaporation, improve soil texture, and insulate your soil. Fine Gardening notes that deep mulching eliminates frequent watering and feeding too. It’s enough to keep weeds from growing, which means you can leave your garden alone without worrying about weeds taking over. Mulch is also a good way to make sure your garden soil retains its moisture. Organic ones are a great choice, as they can rot down to provide essential soil nutrients and encourage soil organisms.
Install a good irrigation system: If you have a very busy lifestyle, a good and reliable drip irrigation system will come in handy for your garden. It delivers water directly to the root zone of a plant, which eliminates the need for watering during the summer months. It saves you a lot of time, too, as you only need a few seconds to turn on the drip system. Your plants also don’t end up with wet foliage, which you get from sprinklers. This is important as it can eventually lead to diseases.
Keep the upkeep down: The summer months are a great time to spend outdoors, and while most of us would like nothing more than to fill the days with BBQs and great food, the good weather is also the best time to improve and maintain your garden. For instance, your fences will probably need repairing or replacing. In most cases a lick of colourful paint will do the job (and present the perfect opportunity to be creative), but in some cases you may need to replace the panels due to damage. The good news is that modern fences require a lot less maintenance and replacing. The wide range of fence panels on Screwfix show how modern designs are all pressure treated, which allows them to withstand the elements for several years. There are plenty of maintenance-free fence designs that you can choose from, too with Family Handyman recommending vinyl as a great option.
The garden is a personal space to relax or kick back with friends and family, yet too many people let them get out of control and therefore unusable. If you want your garden ready for endless BBQs and late night drinks, follow the maintenance tips I have provided above.