8 Gardening Tips for Lazy Gardeners

Posted by admin on Feb 20, 2020 under Uncategorized
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Many of us don’t have the time, nor energy to spend hours upon hours tending to our gardens. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that people take shortcuts to ensure their garden looks good, with minimal effort. In this post, we’ve outlined some handy gardening tips for lazy gardeners.

Here are 8 gardening tips for lazy gardeners:

1.      Perennial plants are your friends

The first gardening tip for the lazy gardener is ensure you are choosing the right plants. If you don’t have much time for gardening but like to have some plants in the garden, low-maintenance perennials are a good place to start. These are plants that last for a long time and come back year after year.

Some examples of perennial flowers are:

  • Hemerocallis (Daylily),
  • Hosta,
  • Hibiscus,
  • Perovskia (Russian Sage),
  • Dianthus (Pinks),
  • Lavandula (Lavender)
  • Echinacea (Coneflower)

2.      No more tiling!

If you’re after simple gardening tips for beginners, many would say tiling is the way to go. However, tiling isn’t only hard work, but it’s also very time consuming to lay. It’s worth noting that it can also cause problems when it comes to selling.

Instead, another option to help you create a low maintenance garden is to go for artificial grass instead. This can be pricey to install but is a great gardening tip for lazy gardeners who don’t have time to cut the grass regularly.

3.      Get some garden furniture

Another gardening tip is to check that you’re buying the right garden furniture for your needs. By taking time to choose the right garden furniture, you can make your garden look tidier and more put together.

Teak furniture is a good place to start as it’s easier to maintain and can withstand the unpredictable Great British weather.

4.      Grow easy to care for vegetables

If you want to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in your garden but you don’t have the time to constantly care for them, one simple gardening tip is to make sure you plant easy to maintain crops. There are quite a few easy to grow veggies to choose from, such as onions, pepper, cherry tomatoes, asparagus and beans.

If you start to develop a passion for growing your own fruit and vegetables, you may want to look into building your own greenhouse. 

You may also like: Greenhouse tips for beginners

5.      Install an irrigation system

For most people, waking up an hour early to water the plants is not an option. In this case, the easiest way to go about it is to install an irrigation system. This system collects rainwater and transfers it directly to the plant and hydrates it drop by drop, without you having to lift a finger. This will not only save you time, but precious water as well.

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6.      Simple ways to kill the weeds

One fast and easy way to kill weeds is by making sure they don’t grow in the first place. A simple gardening tip for lazy gardeners is to make some holes through black plastic when you take out the actual plants, and make sure the rest of the plastic is covering the ground. This way the weeds won’t get direct sunlight that would help them grow. However, this trick is not very environmentally friendly as it involves using plastic. 

A better way to prevent weeds is by using mulch. You can make your own and save money by adding together compost, leaves, straw, pine needles or wood chips. Add this to the areas where you worry about weeds and you’ll be sorted!

7.      Grow plants that attract natural predators

Everyone knows that pests can be a pain. One handy gardening tip to protect your plants and keep pests at bay is by having plants that attract natural predators to your garden, such as bees. These natural predators will feed on the pests and make sure your garden is happy and healthy.

Some plants that attract bees are:

  • Ivy
  • Echinacea
  • Thyme
  • Lungwort

Another natural predator is the ladybug. Not only is it pretty-looking but it will also help you protect your garden from pests.

Some plants that attract lady bugs are:

  • Dandelion
  • Calendula
  • Mulberry
  • Mint

Read more: The best ways to attract wildlife to your garden

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