Many people mistakenly believe that keeping your garden in good condition requires hours and hours of back-breaking work each week. However, the truth is that with some clever planning and the right tools, you can have a lovely-looking outdoor space, without having to spend all of your spare time weeding, pruning and planting.
Splurge on a decent lawn mower
Nothing takes the joy out of gardening like having to push along a tired old manual mower for hours on end, only to be left with a scruffy-looking lawn covered in patches of uneven grass. Investing in a high-quality mower will make this somewhat laborious task far faster and easier. If your budget can stretch to it, consider purchasing a drivable model; ride on mowers not only make quick work of lawn cutting, but they also produce extremely evenly-cut grass. They're particularly useful for those with any kind of mobility issue which prevents them from using standard push mowers.
Reduce the lawn area
One of the simplest ways to create an aesthetically-pleasing but low-maintenance outdoor space is to cover some of the existing grass in your garden with gravel, paving slabs or decking. In addition to cutting back on the amount of lawn that needs to be watered, fertilised and mown, this will also establish areas in which you can stroll, sit, dine and entertain guests. If you decide to install decking or another type of paved seating area, make sure that you choose a suitably shady spot, so that you can sit outdoors without being constantly exposed to the heat of the sun.
Opt for self-sufficient plants
When shopping for plants and shrubs, it can be tempting to pick up whichever beautifully-coloured ones first catch your eye. However, if you're determined to keep your garden looking good with very little effort, it's important to do a bit of research before committing to purchasing a particular variety.
Generally speaking, perennials are the best choice for those interested in creating an easy-to-maintain, but visually-pleasing outdoor space; they are, as their name suggests, plants which can survive for several years before needing to be replaced. Whilst they do require occasional cutting back and some seasonal mulching to prevent the growth of weeds, they are largely self-sufficient and as such are ideal for anyone who wants to add a bit of colour to their garden without having to spend every free moment pruning and watering.Share
22 July 2016
Hello. My name is Tina and this is my home improvement blog. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. My mother used to always say that you could discover a lot about a person by how clean their bathroom was. Because of this advice, I have always been very worried about the state of my bathroom. Last year, I was convinced that the bathroom was too old and grubby so I contacted a team of contractors who came out to work on it. They re-tiled the place and installed a new sink and splashback. I really love me new bathroom and I hope you like my new blog.