10 Tips to Lower Your Garden Maintenance

10 Tips to Lower your garden Maintenance with Sensible Gardening and Living

Know your garden personally. Understand the light properties, soil conditions, temperature and water needs. It helps to make a rough drawing of your garden and study each area throughout the seasons. This knowledge will help you choose successful plantings.

10 Tips to Lower your garden Maintenance with Sensible Gardening and Living


Only grow plants that are suitable to your garden environment. Taking the knowledge you now have of your garden requirements, buy only those plants that will thrive in your location. It’s always difficult not to want all the beautiful plants that are offered, but wrongly placed plants never grow well and are subject to disease, pests and other problems.

10 Tips to Lower your Garden Maintenance with Sensible Gardening and Living

If you see an unsuitable plant you just cannot do without, try growing it in a container, but keep it out of your garden borders.

Give all your plants a good start to ensure their success. That means start them off in a quality planting hole when you first plant them. Dig a hole at least twice as wide and deep as the rootball. If drainage is poor dig a little deeper and add more organic matter. Half fill your hole with good growing medium, plant your plant and backfill will with more amended soil. Water well.

10 Tips to Lower Your Garden Maintenance with Sensible Gardening and Livinf

Use lots of mulch in your garden beds, at least a few inches deep. This will go a long way in suppressing weed growth which will save you hours of weeding later. An organic mulch will also conserve water to help the soil from drying out. As the organic mulch breaks down, it will feed your soil with nutrients necessary for plant health. If you are growing a drought garden, try using a mulch of rocks or gravel around your plants.

10 Tips to Lower your Garden Maintence with Sensible Gardening and Living

Water wisely, watering at ground level is best. Set up a drip irrigation system or even run a leaky hose through your bed. If you have to use an overhead sprinkler then be sure to always water in the morning. This will keep the leaves drier and help to prevent mildew or fungal disease. Always water long and deep to encourage deep root systems which means healthier plants and the need to water less often.

Garden using raised beds of at least 10 to 12 inches above the ground. Raised beds have the advantage of warming up earlier in the spring, have better drainage and make it easier to access your plants. Raised beds are particularly helpful for the aging gardener or anyone with a physical limitation.

10 Tips to Lower your Garden Maintenace with Sensible Gardening

Weed often and when the weeds are small. It is so much easier than waiting to pull mature weeds with strong root systems. It also prevents any weeds from going to seed and multiplying themselves.

If a plant continually does poorly and repeatedly has problems, get rid of it. It will take up more time that it is worth because it will never really look good anyways. It is also a threat to the health of it’s neighbors.

Invest in a few basic good quality garden tools and keep them sharp and clean. Having the proper garden tools will not only reduce your work, but will save the extra wear and tear on the gardener.


10Tips to Lower your Garden Maintenance with Sensible Gardening and Living

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  1. These are all wonderful tips and would make chores either almost non-existent or easier to deal with for sure! Mulching especially- several inches of good mulch that’s easy to work and breaks down fast is ideal for most planting situations.

    One other thing that saves me a lot of headache and time too revolves around keeping track of what plants work well and sticking to those, trying varieties of what works for fun. And, every year, I give myself one or two trials of something new to see what might happen, but I don’t- as you said- force anything to happen when it’s not going to happen. Specifically with my produce, I write down did what and how and all of that, and I keep either purchasing the same seed or save seed from plants that did especially well. I’ve gotten to the point where I look for plant varieties that are bred for purpose in terms of disease resistance especially. A hybrid FRESH tomato still tastes light years better than a tomato from the grocery store, even if it’s not an heirloom or whatnot. Saves time, headache (and harvest!).


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