Creating an outdoor living area that adds value to your property is rewarding. You get to see the fruits of your labor and also get to use it too.
However, it’s one thing creating or designing your perfect garden, but it’s a whole other thing keeping it looking its best.
Without the correct maintenance, your garden can go from looking amazing one minute to looking sad and neglected the next. Nature always rules insofar as everything we do to Earth, including roads, buildings, etc. returns to nature as nature intended. On a smaller scale, our groomed lawns and landscaping will quickly breakdown and be overrun with weeds, bugs and so on if we don’t maintain then.
In this article, we have some quick fixes to keep your garden in tip-top condition with little maintenance.
Garden Maintenance Tips
Before we get to the maintenance, start well with the right soil, lawn seeds, fertilizer, and irrigation. Plant what will grow in your environment with little effort. Then maintenance takes minutes instead of hours or days every month.
1. Look Out for Bugs
Pests or bugs in your garden can cause several issues for your plants. Not only do bugs and insects cause superficial damage when they chew through plants and vegetation, but they can also infect the plants with viruses or bacteria. If you want to keep your plants looking healthy, then you should invest in a pest killer that will keep insects away.
2. Weed Control
Weeds deprive other plants of water and nutrients. To avoid this from happening, you will need to remove them throughout the year, particularly in the growing season.
3. Water Your Plants Regularly
If the weather is good, then it’s important to remember to water your plants to become dehydrated. Remember, like humans; plants need water to remain healthy.
4. Drainage is Important
Drainage is important for several reasons. Not only can excess water kill plants or crops, but it can also increase soil erosion or soil slippage. This is why it’s so important to get rid of excess water on your land. In fact, although you may not think it, even sloped landscapes need drainage to remain beautiful. KG Landscape say it’s important to know the soil type and drainage especially on slopes.
There is no ‘one approach for all’ when it comes to landscape design. It’s important to understand that all landscapes are different and what will keep the maintenance to a minimum is starting with a landscape design plan that focuses on making the most of the slopes and drainage.
5. Mow the Lawn
If you want to keep your garden looking amazing, then you’ll need to remember to cut the grass on a regular basis. However, it’s important to remember not to cut your grass too short. Cutting grass too short can make the root growth slow down, leaving your grass susceptible to drought and heat.
6. Ensure Proper Pruning
Research has shown that pruning plants help them to grow. It’s a good idea to prune your shrubs and trees in the winter season before the weather gets too dry or too hot. Remember not to go too mad. Do not remove more than 25% of a plant at a time.
One of the best tips we can give you when it comes to pruning plants io always leave the lower branches on trees. This is because the lower branches provide shade for the plant.
Like building a house, start with a landscape design and use plants that work in your region well. Don’t put off regular weeding and watering, a few minutes every week is more productive than hours or days every couple of months.
Having a beautiful landscape or garden around your home will not only make your time outdoors more enjoyable, i.e. less maintenance, but it will also add value to your home.