Article by Sam Bahay
Gardening may be a tedious chore to some but spending a little time sprucing your backyard and mowing the lawn can have a big impact on your overall health. Aside from being a pleasant form of low impact exercise, studies have shown that it can lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. This is good news for your mental well-being, shown to encourage mindfulness and ward off the onset of depression.
There’s just one problem. Gardening is hard work when you have a busy schedule. If you’re looking for a quick, easy solution, take a look at this guide to creating a low maintenance garden.
Resize the lawn
Mowing the lawn can seem like an endless task, requiring ongoing maintenance throughout the year. Why not ditch the lawnmower and replace with gravel or decking. It still looks great, providing the perfect setting for evening BBQs or lounging under the summer sun. If you’re set on a traditional lawn, reduce the size or have artificial turf fitted. This synthetic lawn should stay in good condition for years, calling for minimal maintenance.
Try a new design
Making a few minor changes to the layout of your garden will make watering and pruning much easier. Start by grouping any hanging baskets and flowering beds in the same location. It can also be beneficial to set these up close to your garden storage and water faucet, keeping everything you need close to hand. Switch smaller baskets for large ones which won’t dry out as quick, meaning less time watering. Finally, don’t leave any areas of soil completely bare. Plants, or even gravel, are best added and prevent the onset of nasty weeds.
It may seem counterintuitive to add more plants to a low maintenance garden but there are plenty that don’t take much care and attention. Shrubs provide a look to your backyard and can go without clipping for at least the first three years. They’re also an alternative to perennial beds, which you’d have to stalk and prune frequently. Species such as Camellia, Lavender and Daphne work particular well for winter, flowering with fragrant foliage and providing much needed colour.
If you have a large garden, watering is time consuming and hard to keep on top of. Installing a simple irrigation system doesn’t have to cost a fortune. You can buy an affordable kit that’s quick and easy to install. Once set up, you can program a regular schedule, meaning your plants can be watered whilst you’re at work. It’s also efficient, using much less water and reduces the growth of weeds.
Most of the time spent gardening can often involve weed control. It’s a thankless task that becomes unbearable when you’re trying to tackle a jungle of overgrown weeds. Make light work of it by pulling weeds regularly. It can seem like more work but spending a few minutes removing smaller weeds will save you hours of hassle.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll create an oasis of tranquillity with very little hard work.