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Plant a Low Maintenance Garden this Spring

If you’re like many people, you love gardens but fear that you don’t have the time in your busy schedule to take care of one. Well, think again: low maintenance gardening means that even those with little time or experience can enjoy the delicious produce and beautiful scenery gardening can provide.

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First, decide where you want to put the garden. Make sure the area you pick gets plenty of sunlight – but also make sure that the area doesn’t get scorched by too much sunlight or you’ll spend far too much time watering. Use your garden fork to break up clumps of soil, and your shovel to dig out any rocks and other debris. Mulch the area next, using your garden rake to spread out both the soil and the mulch. Mulch not only looks nice, it also traps moisture and keeps weeds at bay, minimizing the amount of work you have to put into maintaining your garden.
For successful low maintenance gardening, pick healthy plants that have already been started at your local nursery. The tags on these plants will tell you exactly how to care for them and how much sun and water they’ll need. The tags will even tell you how far in the ground you need to dig to place each plant.

Low maintenance flower garden

Gardening shearsA great low maintenance flower garden should include shrubs and garden pavers as well as flowers. The pavers can be used to create one or more pathways through the flowers. Shrubs such as dogwoods, burning bush and rhododendron add color and coverage, and usually only need to be pruned with a pair of gardening shears once each spring. Many perennials such as blazing star, hosta, geraniums, lavender, aster and coral bells are perfect options for a low maintenance garden. Not only are they drought resistant, they grow back every year and they take minimal time to plant and water. Simply grab a trowel, dig a hole to the depth specified on the package, place your plant in it and cover it with soil. Water the plants once a week with an efficient soaker hose and voila, you have a stylish, low maintenance flower garden that adds beauty to your yard and home.

Low maintenance vegetable garden

Before planting a low maintenance vegetable garden, you may wish to place a black plastic weed block over your entire garden space. This not only helps keep out the weeds that tend to grow rampant in a vegetable garden, but also helps keep moisture in, minimizing the amount of time you have to spend watering. Simply cut a hole in the plastic sheet at each spot you wish to plant a vegetable plant from your nursery. The best vegetables to plant in a low maintenance vegetable garden are generally hardy, relatively error-proof options like zucchini, cucumbers, beans, carrots, peas, tomatoes and lettuce.

Low maintenance gardening is all about saving time while still enjoying gardening. Using these tips can give you the best of both worlds: a beautiful garden and free time left over.

 

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