A gardener is, in some ways, like an athlete. Like sports, gardening often requires the emergence of the spirit, mind, and body to make progress, perform, and succeed. Just like hitting a home run in baseball, throwing a winning touchdown pass, or playing scratch golf, gardening is not the easiest of tasks. However, when an amazing garden does blossom from the intellectual use of our hands, it is as amazing as a defining moment in sports.
Many of us might have felt that we wanted to play sports at a higher level but simply did not have the time and energy to devote to such an endeavor. For outdoor lovers and plant enthusiasts, gardening might also feel like an arduous undertaking, given all the time constraints life places on us. However, if you plan your planting carefully, a beautiful low-maintenance garden can flourish right before your eyes.
With a little thought and a lot of care, you can be enjoying your new garden from the delight of your classic porch swing before you know it. Let’s take a look at seven steps that will help this gardening dream become a reality.
1. No Seeds Or Leads For Weeds
Any low-maintenance garden will be as weed-free as possible. The way to accomplish a non-intruded garden is to make sure there are no weeds from the start. Removing all weeds and seeds from your soil pre-planting can help assure that there will be no surprises or unwanted strangers sprouting up. Another key is to make sure weeding issues do not grow unmanageable. Destroy weeds at the root of their existence and do not let them get out of hand when you do find them, and you should have a much more stress-free gardening experience.
2. Make Sure Your Garden Paths Have Purpose
Attending to and viewing the flowers and plants you have nestled into the ground can at times be challenging due to the size, shape, and other needs in your garden. A design idea to make your gardening life much easier is to plan pathways and stone walkways in such a manner that allows access to all of your perennials, annuals, and biennials. The more robust and intuitive the segmenting of your garden is, the less time you will waste navigating difficult terrain or conquering hard-to-reach obstacles. As an added perk, a well-laid-out garden makes a visitor’s time much more delightful as well.
3. Put Your High-Maintenance Plants In Carefully Selected Locations
It is essential to be aware of what plants will be more finicky and to plan accordingly. The more difficult a plant is to tend to, or the more susceptible it is to disease or disaster, the greater the need for a strategic position within your garden. Fruits, flowers, vegetables, and other shrubberies with known issues should always be located in areas that facilitate their needs and makes them highly serviceable.
4. Lawn Logistics – Let There Be A Layout
If a lawn is incorporated into your gardening environment, very close attention should be paid to its shape and size. When plotting the dimensions of your lawn, make sure it is conducive to maintenance and easy to mow. It is also wise to build structured edges around your lawn to discourage wild growth and to make edging simpler. Implementing a bordered and properly formed lawn can go a long way toward happier gardening.
5. Excitement For Pots Should Not Be Contained
The beauty of a garden is that it can be interpreted in many different ways and it all does not have to be embedded in the ground or dug into the soil. Planting pots, ornamental containers, and overhead planting hangers are all ways to add a little flair to your garden while still minimizing the upkeep. In case of drastic weather, pots and containers are also great ways to transport precious garden members indoors and away from harm.
6. Strong Chants For Strong Plants
There are many theories and gardening techniques, and one such movement is xeriscaping. This is where gardeners make a conscious effort to plant species that rely on very little water and nutrients to exist. If you purchase native plants that are environmentally friendly and are accustomed to specific climate conditions that represent your living conditions, you will be rewarded with a more hassle-free yard. Bushes and flowers that have low watering needs include butterfly bushes, boxwood, California poppies, Dahlberg daisies, and petunias.
Even the addition of a rock garden or rock formations is a great way to show your dedication to lowering maintenance and an environmentally friendly garden, and it will even be easier on your wallet as well. Using plants and systems that demand very little water are great time and resource savers, and they can be the ideal solution for the busy, distracted, or environmentally aware gardener.
7. The Gym Is Not The Only Place To Trim
Since plants are living organisms just like us, they constantly need grooming. Making sure your garden is properly trimmed is a key piece to the puzzle that is low-maintenance gardening. Assuring that your plants have all of the appropriate nutrients and are cut to a size that induces vibrant and healthy growth will make your gardening experience that much more enjoyable and easier to manage. Feeding your plants nutrients and water in a timely manner will also help keep them in top shape. Planning and implementing drip irrigation or a soaker hose system and a sensibly scheduled trimming pattern can do wonders for your gardening frame of mind and overall gardening sanity.
Summations And Additions
Above all else, planning and research are vital elements to the proprietorship of a prolific garden. Intelligent planning, including the seven steps above, and a solid well rounded gardening knowledge base will ultimately provide you with the tools necessary to produce a colorful and fruitful piece of land you can be proud of. Below are a few additional notes to further help with the planning and research.
- Devote a sketchbook to your garden. Map and draw out the lawn, walking and access paths, irrigation networks, and pot and container decor. You can use different colored pencils for your work to define distinct garden characteristics for clarity and ease of reference.
- Keep a journal and log all of your gardening findings and ideas. Keep track of what works and inspires in both written and drawn forms.
- Do not hesitate to read an article or search the internet for gardening information. If available, consult an expert at the local nursery. You should also befriend other garden enthusiasts as well. The more support you have, the better.
- Keep the environment and yourself in mind when planning. Gardening is meant to be fun. Think about what will make you most happy and try to merge that with a low-maintenance, environmentally-centered approach.
If you have taken garden planning seriously, and you stick to the advice given above, you will be headed in the right direction toward a peaceful and beautiful planting experience. By deploying certain sets of gardening principles, techniques, and tactics like the ones given above, the entire gardening experience becomes more enjoyable and less burdensome. When it comes to gardening, it is best to take your time and plan ahead, as this may very well save you lots of trouble and heartache in the future.