Owning a large garden is a dream for many homeowners. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t drawbacks sometimes, especially when you consider the potential time and money you might have to give to maintain it.
That’s why we’ve put together a guide to help you manage a large garden space without spending too much cash or effort.
Your first step if you want to make your garden more manageable is to look at what furniture you have. Instead of having lots of sofas, chairs and tables that take time to clean and maintain, opt for just one or two sleek designs. How about placing chic corner dining sets next to one large table and then perhaps a few fold-away chairs for when you have extra guests? This way, you don’t have to spend time and effort keeping them covered from the rain and wind, plus there’s less to repair or maintain in the future.
Wild is alright
Think every inch of your garden needs to be kept to perfection? Think again. Embrace those natural areas of your large garden as part of your property’s ‘character’. In fact, these undisturbed spaces can be massively beneficial to wildlife that might use it for nesting and eating.
Low-maintenance flowers and shrubs
Reduce the amount of time and money you spend keeping your flowers and shrubs looking fantastic by planting a variety of easy-to-care-for ones instead. Buxus plants can look after themselves most of the time, while azaleas can often survive in a range of environments even in winter. Flower carpet roses are renowned for their resistance to many diseases and the spicebush plant can tolerate medium and well-drained soils whether it’s with full sun or partial shade, meaning less work for you.
Focus on your lawn
Mowing the lawn is one of those chores that can really eat up your day, especially if you own a large outdoor space. A trick to help you slash the time needed to maintain your lawn is to cut a path, or a few paths, through the lawn and mow around the edges, leaving the inner areas to grow. This looks quirky and still well-maintained. What’s more, many people enjoy the wilder look and the way that longer grasses moves with the breeze.
You could also make this job even easier by opting for a lighter, battery-operated lawnmower or even switch to artificial grass instead.
Save yourself the time and effort of trimming, watering and more by avoiding planting too many shrubs and flowers. If you like to have a full garden and enjoy seeing flowers bloom, try and minimise how long it will take to keep them pristine by planting them in boxes and pots that are kept close together. Weeding is one of the most tiring chores when you own a large garden. However, putting a layer of mulch on your flower beds will help to stop weeds from growing, which will make your garden much easier to tend to.
Hopefully, you now have a few tips at your disposal to make sure your large garden is far easier to maintain in the future!