The Part-Time Gardener
Many of us are guilty of failing in our garden pursuits. Often, this is because we bite off more than we can chew. We set large lawns and plant high-maintenance flowers. Then, life gets busy, and we don’t even think about maintenance until it’s too late. When we finally look outside, our gardens are a wilderness we can’t begin to tackle.
Sound familiar? You aren’t alone. Many of us fight with this discrepancy between what we’d like to do in the garden, and what we actually have time for. But, half of the secret is to accept what you can do, and create an outside space which suits that need. Rather than trying to be the gardener of the year, admit you don’t have the time. Instead, focus on part-time garden ideas you really can keep on top of. But, what does part-time gardening look like exactly? Read on to find out.
Cutting the grass
Cutting grass is, perhaps, the most persistent job any gardener faces. Most large lawns need cutting at least once a week, but many of us tackle this more often than that. If your grass often gets out of control, it’s a sure sign you need to cut back. It may be that you pave a section of your garden so your lawn’s less prominent. That way, it won’t look half as bad if you leave it for too long. Or, you might want to cut grass altogether with the artificial lawns offered by companies like LazyLawn. Though it’s sad to say goodbye to grass, artificial options look startlingly realistic. And, you’ll never have to cut the stuff again. You can’t get more part-time than that.
Much ado about mulch
When it comes time to prepare your flower beds, it’s also worth thinking about mulch. Mulch is a material you place on top of the soil in your beds. It can consist of anything from hay to compost. The idea here is that you place up to 4-6 inches of the stuff. This then breaks down to keep your plants happy and healthy. It also works miracles at reducing weed growth. How’s that for miracle gardening? While it may take a little longer to start, this is a fantastic way to half the time you spend tending your flowers.
Power to the pots
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If you don’t fancy getting stuck in with mulch, you could fill your beds with pebbles (a great design feature), and invest in potted plants instead. These reduce the risks of weeds because there’s less overall space for them to sneak into. In fact, there’s usually only room for one set of roots in a pot like this. Plus, certain potted plants are notorious for looking after themselves. Ferns like Silver Lady are pretty sturdy, as are options like Golden Cane Palm. All you need to do is a find a nice pot and make sure you’re putting them in the right place. Oh, and you might want to water them sometimes, too.