Low-Maintenance Gardening

Todayʼs gardeners look for ways to have a beautiful yard with minimal maintenance. Fortunately, as the call for more sustainable gardening practices has grown louder nationwide, gardeners everywhere are learning that environmentally sound methods quite often require the least maintenance.

Continue reading for some tips on easy gardening and a beautiful, low-maintenance yard.

Make the most of mulch

If you're not already mulching, you should start. Itʼs a bit of work at the outset, but mulch is inexpensive and well worth the investment of labor. Mulch flower beds and around trees and shrubs to keep moisture in the ground so you can cut back on watering. Mulching offers the additional benefits:

  • Inhibits weed growth
  • Prevents soil compaction
  • Adds to beneficial microorganisms in the soil

Mulch also gives your yard a clean, professionally landscaped appearance.

Select the right plants for the landscape

Select native trees, shrubs and perennials that work in your climate and with your soil. Natives have evolved to survive the rigors of climate and soil in a particular place so theyʼll need less water and pampering. Contact your local horticultural extension service or ask your local native plant nursery for advice.

Plant perennials

Avoid planting annuals unless you just enjoy buying those instant bursts of disposable color. Perennials come back each year, and if you choose those acclimated to your area, they require little maintenance beyond spring fertilization and an occasional watering in dry times. A carefully planned perennial bed will also crowd out the weeds, so you don't have to pull them as often. Choose perennials with a long blooming season.

Add a low-maintenance sprinkler and irrigation system

Youʼll recover your costs for the initial outlay for these systems in water savings over the years. There are many models to choose from, but look into an automated system that you can program to turn on while youʼre away from home. Some systems even have sensors that monitor the moisture in the soil, so that youʼre never wasting water.

So get busy and get gardening the low-maintenance way. You'll have more time to enjoy your yard.