If you love your garden but you don’t want to spend all day every day out there this summer, there are a few tricks you can try to make it a little more low-maintenance. You could try starting small with one of two projects to focus on. Investing in the right tools will also be a great help. There are also certain gardening techniques that are simpler than others and you can still get your outside space looking perfect this summer. You’d be surprised what you can grow in pots and other containers. Here are a few gardening hacks that will make your life easier.
Manicured lawns take a lot of work and they aren’t the best for the surrounding ecosystem. For a low-maintenance lawn you create a more meadow type feature. Let your grass grow longer and plant a few native wildflowers. These will grow easily and you’ll get a nice array of color in the spring and summer. Another alternative to cutting the grass yourself is to invest in a robotic lawn mower. These work in a similar way to roomba vacuum cleaners. Why not let technology do the work for you?
Plant your flowers, vegetables, and herbs in containers as these will be easier to maintain. You can choose the size depending on the crop you grow. You can also move your containers around to get more sun and they’ll be easier to locate when it comes to watering. Even though you’ll get a smaller yield you can still grow a decent range of fun things. Here is a complete guide to container gardening.
Invest in some of the best gardening tools to make the work more efficient. Look for tools with an ergonomic design to help take the strain off your hands and wrists. Even a decent pair of gardening gloves can do wonders at protecting your hands. You could also get a mat or cushion for kneeling on if you’re going to spend a lot of time sitting or crouched on the ground.
Ensure you have easy access to all your tools by storing them according to how often you use them. Keep the tools you use the most often easily within reach and close by so that you don’t waste time looking for them. You could try using the vertical space in a shed, garage, or even the exterior walls of your home to hang larger tools. This way you can keep them out of the way but they’ll still be accessible.
Choose a couple of garden upgrades to work on this summer. You might want to grow a small vegetable garden or work revamping your patio. Don’t take on too much and complete each landscaping project before moving on to the next. You could even try something creative like making your own planters from upcycled household items. Find a project that interests you that you don’t mind spending a bit of time on.