Low Maintenance Gardens
Relax and Smell the Roses
Robot vacuum cleaners are a fun way to get a rather boring household chore done. And ride-on mowers are great too if you have acres of lawn. But if you dream of lazy afternoons lounging in your garden with a good book, then can’t relax as you feel guilty about all the watering, pruning and dead-heading that needs to be done, it could be time to make a change. Practical advice and help is at hand with Michael Graham’s top tips for creating a low maintenance garden.
- Get rid of all the plants. There’ll be nothing left to water, prune or keep alive.
- Too radical? Then limit the number to between 5 and 10 varieties. Think swathes of hardy and colourful geraniums, fuchsias and verbenas which flower over a long season and generally look after themselves. These are plants that keep on giving, coming back year after year and needing minimal watering in dry spells.
- Reduce the size of planted areas, or replace some with paving. A patio or deck area for entertaining naturally commandeers an area of lawn that would otherwise have been crying out for some care and attention. Throw in a barbecue, dining table and fire pit and you’ll be set for summer.
- Artificial grass has come a long way, but if the smell and feel of freshly cut grass is something you can’t compromise on, then try to make any areas of lawn rectangular or square in shape for easy mowing.
- Make foliage your friend, with slow-growing evergreens and conifers among the easiest to look after. Bamboo or tall grasses also work well and weeding around clumps is far easier than delicately trowelling between individual plants.
- If you do have a penchant for high maintenance plants, laying down some mulch will reduce the need for labour-intensive watering.
And if even that makes you want to have a small lie down in the shade, then you could always opt for an environmentally friendly wilderness garden and share your outside space with some very happy bees and butterflies.
Is your garden a bed of roses or a thorny problem? Michael Graham would love to hear from you. Do get in touch and follow us on Facebook, or for more blogs and town and country properties for sale, www.michaelgraham.co.uk