Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

WE don’t all have the time or in­cli­na­tion to spend our week­ends man­ag­ing the gar­den.

But we sure want to look like we’re on top of things, right?

Jenny from Rev­ell Land­scap­ing shares her Low Main­te­nance Gar­den Guide for a no fuss, ap­peal­ing land­scape.

Do plenty of re­search to un­der­stand the year-round cli­mate within your gar­den in­clud­ing the type of soil, avail­abil­ity of land/wa­ter and sun­light it re­ceives.

By thor­oughly un­der­stand­ing the type of set­ting where you are gar­den­ing you will be able to choose plants that will thrive with a lit­tle work on your part, so you can sit back and en­joy the beauty.

Choose plants that look good all sum­mer but don’t re­quire dead­head­ing.

Go for peren­ni­als or shrubs that live many years.

Don’t over­crowd your gar­den – the more plants you have, the more gar­den will re­quire treat­ment and at­ten­tion.

Group plants ac­cord­ing to their re­quire­ments – those that re­quire more/less sun and wa­ter should be planted to­gether.

Se­lect plants that are slow grow­ers as they will need less prun­ing.

Mulch keeps the soil moist, elim­i­nates weeds around your gar­den beds and pro­vides plants with nu­tri­ents.

You can also cover the soil with peb­ble and gravel which work as a mulch and make your gar­den more at­trac­tive.

An au­to­matic ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem will free up time you might have spent wa­ter­ing.

If you want a truly low-care gar­den, avoid lawn al­to­gether and de­sign a rock gar­den, pa­tio or some­thing unique

Re­search will help keep your gar­den look­ing its best.

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