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AD. When you’re a parent to small people it can feel all-consuming. Sometimes you barely have enough time to wash your hair nevermind make sure that your home looks spotless. Today I want to talk to you about how to create a low maintenance garden, particularly if you have kids!
How to create a low maintenance garden when you have kids
Choose low maintenance plants
While you’re never going to find a plant that doesn’t require ANY maintenance, you can get very low maintenance ones. Look at evergreen plants in particular. These will just require occasional trimming if they are growing unruly. Look at the expected height and spread of any plants before you buy them. By getting evergreen plants you can have a little colour in your garden throughout the year without the regular maintenance.
Install artificial grass
If you’re looking for the ultimate low-maintenance garden then look at artificial grass. Artificial grass is ideal for your garden, terrace or balcony. It offers a fantastic alternative to real grass that doesn’t require trimming, weeding or watering. This means that you can have a perfect lawn all year round that feels and looks lovely. There are 10s of options when it comes to artificial grass to suit most budgets. You can purchase really realistic looking artificial grass now and there are varying thicknesses and densities available to give you the perfect look you desire.
Artificial grass looks fantastic these days and there is no need for your guests to even know that you have artificial grass. Once it has been installed it requires none of the usual maintenance that real grass or turf requires.
Use the no dig method for planting
Another way to create a low maintenance garden is to use the no-dig method when planting. This helps you to avoid cultivating the soil of your plant pots or borders and instead, you use weed-suppressing mulches like bark, compost etc. Then you avoid walking on the soil or doing anything else that will compact it. This allows you to use the suppressed soil to plant your vegetables or plants in. This is a low maintenance method of gardening that cuts down on the time required to plant significantly.
Create a stylish seating area
If you want to keep your little ones away from your flower beds, and pretty areas, then make sure you’ve got a styling seating area to sit and oversee play time. We’ve recently been gifted an Oxford Teak Garden Bench and it is absolutely beautiful. Not only was it simple to build, but it is comfortable, sturdy and stylish too.
Made from stunning teak hardwood, from a sustainable forest in the Far East, this is a hard-wearing bench, designed for the wear and tear of modern life and being outdoors. It has naturally occuring oils too, giving it a higher level of water resistance.
Avoid fast-growing hedges
If you want to cut down on the amount of time that you spend maintaining your garden then choose your hedges wisely. Avoid fast-growing hedges which will require regular maintenance. Box-hedging will leave you with beautiful looking foliage that is slow-growing and will only require a few trims per year to remove the 4-6inch regrowth.
Creating a low maintenance gardening when you have little ones is a great idea. This allows you to get out and enjoy the fresh air, for free, in your own garden. Also, it means you won’t be a slave to weekly grass trimmings or hedge trimmings, and your garden will still look nice and presentable if you want to throw a barbeque in the Summer!