Top 10 tips to help create a beautiful low-maintenance garden
Whether you have a small courtyard or a green expanse, every garden requires some form of upkeep. However, if you have limited mobility you might opt for a low maintenance approach to your outdoor space.
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For those who don’t have the time, the ability or have yet to catch the gardening bug, we have developed some top tips and advice to help you keep on top of your garden; allowing you to enjoy gardening again without the associated pain and physical effort.
- Position labour-intensive features, such as a vegetable patch closer to the house or garden shed so that you aren’t spending time unnecessarily walking up and down or carrying tools backwards and forwards.
- Build raised flower beds. Raised beds are much easier to maintain in terms of weeding and planting and they’re a great way to garden if you have limited mobility because they reduce the amount of strain on your back.
- Reduce the size of planted areas in the garden, for example by making borders narrower with a path around the lawn. The fewer plants there are, the less work there will be.
- Choose your plants wisely. Hardy evergreens, once established, will require very little care – just make sure that the space that it’s planted in is big enough for it to mature to the full height and spread. Also, focus on reducing the number of plant types. By having fewer processes – and by getting to know your plants better – maintenance will require less time and effort.
- If your garden is surrounded by hedges, choose slow-growing hedging plants such as yew or holly which won’t need regular clipping. Alternatively, replace a hedge with a fence or wall.
- Reduce the need for weeding by opting for shrubs, where possible, instead of perennials. Shrubs are easy to plant through a weed-suppressing membrane that can be covered up with mulch, i.e. wood chippings or slate chips. Shrubs offer year-round structure and low upkeep.
- If you have a lawn, choose a turf mixture that has been specifically designed to be hard-wearing and low maintenance. A simple, rectangular lawn will also be much easier to mow than something complex.
- If lawn maintenance is still too much, consider paving, gravel, bark or decking to add some texture and flat space to your garden.
- Add focal points to the garden with an arch, arbour or pergola. Once they’re in place, you can sit back and enjoy them for years to come.
- Relax! It doesn’t matter if the grass is a little bit long, or if there’s a weed or two. Design your garden to be forgiving – if you’re constantly trying to maintain striped lawns and immaculate borders the work will never stop. Opt for a softer design and it will still be somewhere for you to enjoy, without as much hard work. It’s also much better for wildlife such as butterflies and bees.