If you long for a garden that is more than a patchy worn out lawn and a few withered plants, you’re not alone. For most of us, keeping up with the garden is next to impossible as we all lead ever more frantic lives. But if your neighbours have started to offer to mow the lawn, and even your garden gnome looks embarrassed about the state of the garden, then it’s probably time to invest some TLC. So here are some tips to transform your garden from a wasteland to the green and pleasant garden of your dreams - without breaking into a sweat.
Watering is one of the most time consuming jobs in the garden during hot weather, and carrying a watering can around or dragging a hose about will take a long time. Instead, invest in a drip irrigation system, which drips water directly on to or in to the soil. The benefits are reduced watering time as well as decreased costs – irrigation is a far more efficient and eco-friendly way of providing your lawn and plants with moisture.
Modern artificial turf has been greatly improved in recent years, and an artificial grass lawn now looks every bit as realistic as the real thing. If you bear in mind that mowing and watering an average sized lawn will cost you money every year, then it’s not hard to see why artificial grass is increasingly being used in gardens as a cost effective alternative. It will involve some initial outlay; artificial grass is normally bought in rolls that are 2 to 4 metres wide, and can cost anything from £15 to £30 per metre, but it does last for years and will save you a fortune on mowing, watering, fertilising and weed control. And that’s not to mention massive savings on time!
Invest in Garden Tools
Having the proper tool for the job will halve the time you spend on garden chores. A wide rake will scrape up leaves quickly, and a sharp good quality spade will make digging easier. Check that your lawnmower is functioning properly, or buy a new one, and a wheelbarrow will help you carry all your tools around without constant trips back to the shed.
Know your Garden
Knowing your soil and understanding the needs of your plants will save a lot of time and trouble. A soil testing kit will tell you the Ph balance of your soil, and help you make the right choice of compatible plants. Similarly, understanding which are shade and which are sun loving plants will enable you to position them correctly.
Feed the Birds
Encourage wildlife into the garden to control pests and diseases. Hedgehogs, frogs and toads will eat slugs, so build a pond and create small hidey holes for hedgehogs. Ladybirds love aphids, whilst wrens, blackbirds and swallows will eat a great many common garden insects.
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