Some people love gardening, some people hate it. If you fit firmly into the latter group, you are probably looking for ways to make gardening easier or just avoid the jobs around your garden completely. Of course, you don’t want to neglect your garden to the point where it looks a mess. That can be embarrassing and may get you in trouble with the neighbors or even the council! That good news is that there are lots of ways to make gardening easier without sacrificing the beauty of your back or front yard. Let’s look at some of the possibilities that you will love.
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If you absolutely hate, hate, hate mowing the lawn and you very well might, we suggest you think about getting rid of it all together. Instead, of having a naturally green lawn, you can replace it with astroturf. You can speak to a landscaper about this possibility, and we’re sure they’ll be happy to help you out. It’s become a very popular choice for people who either don’t have a lot of time on their hands or live in poor climates.
What is astroturf? It’s basically just artificial grass, and since it’s artificial, it will stay thick, full and green no matter what the weather is like outside. You should get at least a few weeks where the neighbors' grass is yellow, and yours is a lush green. It’ll take them a little time to figure out what’s gone wrong but eventually, they will guess your grass is no longer natural. Still, this won’t change the fact that your yard will look absolutely stunning throughout all the seasons, come rain or shine. Of course, the biggest benefit if that you won’t have to get the lawn out every-time it gets too long because it won’t grow at all!
Of course, if you’re not massively fond of the idea of digging up all your grass – it’s expensive – you could just opt for a rideable lawn mower. This is way more often than pushing an old outdated machine around, and you might even enjoy it. Some people find cutting the grass this way to be quite relaxing.
Pave Over A Few More Areas
If you want to make your garden easier to manage, you need to make sure that it’s divided into sections. Dividing your garden into sections will limit the area that needs care and attention and ensures that your garden looks both modern and stylish. As such, it’s really a win-win, but how do you do this? Well, again, talk to a landscaper or complete the work yourself. You can add paving stones to one section of the garden and create a stunning seating area. Add some sofas and modern garden furniture to complete the look and make sure you have a brilliant place to share drinks with guests or family in the summer.
If you don’t want to pave over the area, you can think about adding some decking. It’s the same basic idea, and an elevated deck could look absolutely fantastic as part of your back garden. We know what you’re thinking. Won’t I have to maintain it? Well, there are two ways to make that easier. First, make sure that you are weatherproofing the deck with a covering. By doing this, you should be able to make sure that you the climate doesn’t cause it to rot or fade. As well as that, you should consider purchasing some time saving garden tools like a high-pressure washer. This will get rid of the stains, the dirt and any other issue from decking, wood or paving quicker than you’d imagine and once again, they are quite fun to use. Your decking will look brand new again in a matter of minutes.
Bring On The Wildlife
You might think that bringing in wildlife will actually lead to your garden needing more work, but this isn’t true. The right wildlife will make sure that some of the little bugs and insects that can be a bother are dealt with easily. For instance, if you bring in ladybirds into your garden, they can eat the aphids that will chomp away at your most beautiful plants. Attracting ladybirds can be accomplished by giving them a nest. You can do this by not filling in cracks or holes on the side of your garden wall. This is the perfect place for ladybirds to set up home.
As well as this, you may want to think about bringing in the bees with some pollinated flowers. These bees will buzz around and help keep your flowers healthy, fresh and vibrant ensuring that your garden never starts to look like a flower graveyard.
Slugs can be a massive issue of course, but they can be sorted out if you build a pond in your garden. We know this sounds like a lot of work, but it will pay off in the long term because the predators that are attracted by this type of environment will chomp them up for you.
It can seem like the best way to keep planting simple in your garden would be to just scatter seeds by throwing them in the air. This will certainly give your yard a unique aesthetic, but it probably isn’t the best way to keep the level of work under control. To do that, you need to think about companion planting. Companion planting is a simple enough concept. Essentially, you put plants together that can help one another. For instance, a taller plant can provide smaller ones with shade or even shelter from the heavy wind. They’ll complete your work for you so you can keep your garden healthy and vibrant with very little effort at all.
We hope you have fun with some of these ideas and consider changing up your own garden. If you are struggling to keep your garden looking great with minimal effort, why not just consider letting it grow wild? The kids will love it, and if done right, this can look rather stunning.