We all want our gardens to look fantastic, but the reality for many households is that not everyone has the time available to keep it in great shape. When you are busy mixing work and childcare, and factor in all the other things that need doing in a modern lifestyle, spending time outdoors talking to your favourite flowers and trees seems wasteful.
The good news is that there are plenty of options available for anyone that wants an attractive garden space but doesn’t have the time to give it the attention it deserves – and needs. In today’s guide, we’re going to go through some of the best hacks for busy parents that will not only help you tend your garden in less time but also give you more opportunity to enjoy it. Read on to find out more!
Cut down your lawn space
If you have a huge lawn, you can expect to spend many hours each month cutting and trimming it, especially during the fast-growing periods in spring and early summer. The solution is simple enough. Lose half your lawn – or all of it, if necessary – and you won’t spend as much time tending it. There are a couple of things you can try to ensure your garden still looks fantastic. First of all, consider a patio. As http://lifestylepatios.com/ points out, you can design and build a beautiful patio area precisely for your needs, and it’s much easier to care for stone than it is to care for grass. You might also find an answer with artificial turf. Some of the synthetic products out there are almost indistinguishable from the real thing these days and even allow water to drain through to the soil below.
A beautiful garden doesn’t have to resemble something you might see at the Chelsea Flower Show. In fact, there are plenty of merits of allowing your garden to run wild a little. Not only is it incredibly low-maintenance, but it’s also a huge attraction for all kinds of incredible wildlife. Bees, insects, birds and small mammals all prefer meadow-like areas in the wild, and it’s no different for your back garden. All you need to do is trim occasionally when the plant life starts to get unruly, but it’s literally a 10-15 minute job if you have a good strimmer.
If you do want to plant flowers in your garden, it takes a lot of work to ensure they keep coming back year after year. Unless that is, you choose to use hardy perennials – the robust, live-forever plants and flowers that keep growing without much attention at all. Geraniums are one of the toughest plants out there – and beautiful to look at, too. Try some Shasta daisies, Hydrangea, and Butterfly Bush if you want something a little different.
Finally, are you tired of weeding? If so, you’re in excellent company. It’s one of the most time-consuming and tiresome jobs for gardeners all over the world, and unless you are happy with using nasty chemical weedkillers, it’s a necessity. However, according to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/, there is a solution – if you can put aside some time. Dig up all your weeds and lay a water/air permeable synthetic sheet that sits on top of the soil, but below the mulch. It will smother weeds, stop them from germinating, and cut the amount of work you have to do by a significant amount.
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