Gardening is a great summer hobby. Tending to the plants and watching them flourish brings great joy to some people. For others, it’s just another chore that they have to deal with. It can’t be left because the garden will get out of control and it’ll look awful, but spending all of that time keeping it in check doesn’t sound like your idea of fun. Well, luckily for you, you can have the best of both worlds. With a bit of clever planning, you can have a great garden that doesn’t require any tiresome upkeep at all. If you’re fed up of pulling weeds and trimming bushes, try making some of these simple changes in the garden.
Get Rid Of The Greenery
Anything that grows needs regular maintenance. If you really hate gardening, why not just get rid of it all? Taking out the lawn and replacing it with gravel negates the need for regular mowing, which is always a pain, but gravel doesn’t always look that great. Installing a balustrade is a great way to replace all of that lawn space with a great decking space. It’s perfect for entertaining and it doesn’t require any upkeep whatsoever. It’s a much easier option than taking up the lawn because you can just put the balustrade in over the top of the lawn. Decking is perfect if you want to give your home and garden a great rustic look.
If you don’t like the idea of decking, you could lay a patio instead. Some people prefer it but it does need a little more care than decking because you’ll get weeds and plants growing up through the gaps. Either way, it’s much easier than mowing the lawn every couple of weeks.
Hedges around the edge of the garden are probably the most time consuming area, especially if they start growing into the neighbor’s garden because you’ll have to make sure they’re trimmed regularly. Ripping them out completely and replacing them with a fence means you’ll never have to get the hedge trimmer out again.
Use Raised Beds
Maybe getting rid of all of the greenery is a little too drastic for you. It’s still nice to have some plants in the garden, you just don’t want to spend hours on your hands and knees every weekend keeping them in check. Using raised beds is a great way to keep some plants in the garden without all of the maintenance. If you put some lining in the bottom of the bed, you won’t have to deal with troublesome weeds.
Hanging baskets are the perfect way to limit the size of your plants. When you plant them in the ground, they’ll quickly grow and spread if you don’t keep them trimmed regularly. However, the plants in your hanging baskets will be limited. You can replace all of the lawn and flowerbeds with decking or patio, and use hanging baskets to inject a bit of greenery into the garden. That way you’ve still got some plants in there, but you don’t need to mess about stopping them from getting out of control.
Gardening is a time-consuming chore, but it doesn’t need to be as long as you plan your garden well.