Creating a Low-Maintenance Garden

If you want to give your home some added curb appeal, a garden is a great way to do so. However, if you don’t really have time to invest in gardening, it can seem like a hopeless cause. The truth is that you can create a low-maintenance garden that is easy to care for and makes your home look amazing.

 

Choose Low-Maintenance Plants

Depending on the environment that you live in, there are many low-maintenance plants that will thrive. If you live in a warm environment, you’ll want to look for plants that are drought-resistant and require little maintenance. Some great examples include agrave, black-eyed Susans, beardtongues, and African daisies. If you live in a colder environment, then you’ll want to opt for plants that can thrive in the cold extremes. Some examples include ajuaga, achiella, and alcea.

 

Pick A Mulch That Will Last All Year Round

One of the biggest ways to kill the curb appeal of your garden is to get a colored mulch that fades from the sun’s rays. Instead, you want a mulch that will retain its color throughout the year and will only need replacing annually. There are various residential mulch services out there that can help you to determine the type of mulch that is best for your environment and how much you’ll need to mulch your garden.

 

Pay Attention to Where the Sun Hits

While you may run with the theory that since all your plants are outside, they’ll see the sunlight regularly. That’s simply not the case. There are plants on one side of your home that may receive less sunlight than others. Take a couple of days to see how the sun moves across your garden. Identify areas where there is a big lack of sunlight. You’ll want to put plants there which thrive in little to no sunlight.

 

Ensure the Soil Is Properly Fertilized to Start With

Before you get started planting any flowers in your garden, you want to make sure you’ve got a solid foundation for optimal plant growth. Your soil should have an adequate level of nutrients to ensure proper growth of your plants. Perform a quick soil test. Testing kits can be found at your local gardening center. Identify if there are any nutrients missing. If so, simply apply a fertilizer with the nutrients your soil is missing.

Preparing a low-maintenance garden can be a fun experience for the whole family. It’s a great option that will ensure you have a garden that you’re proud of and increases the curb appeal of your home. The best part is that you won’t have to commit time every week to taking care of it.

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Author: Lizzie W

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball. You can find her on Twitter @LizzieWeakley.