Low maintenance garden ideas for busy homeowners – Rated People Blog

Everyone loves a pretty garden, but looking after your outdoor spaces takes time and energy. If you have a busy schedule, but still want to make the most of your garden during the warmer months, the below 5 tips are here to help. Creating a haven in your garden is easier than it looks!

If you’re ready to get started on renovating your garden, speak to a skilled gardener or garden landscaping specialist to request a quote.

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1. Low maintenance plants

You can’t have a garden without flowers! Greenery give your garden a pop of colour, whilst also helping you create a natural atmosphere. However, plants can also be time consuming to maintain. If you’ve not got much of a green thumb, don’t worry, there are plenty of low maintenance options for you to choose from. Here are a few tips for you to follow:

  • Limit how many different kinds of plants you have in your garden (under five varieties), as this will reduce maintenance time
  • Opt for perennials that don’t need to be replanted every year, such as evergreen shrubs and flowers like Dianthus and Echinacea
  • Choose from this list of low-maintenance plants to cut back on gardening time: succulents, pothos, yucca, lavender, agave, spider plant, peace lily, or daylilies
  • Mulch your plants to lock in moisture and reduce the need for watering. Mulching also protects roots and reduces weed growth

Though these tips will definitely help you cut down on your garden’s maintenance, keep in mind that you’ll still need to give your plants a bit of tender loving care, including watering, fertilising, pruning, and occasionally checking for disease or pests.

Want someone to do it for you? Speak to a gardener today to request a quote.


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2. Get rid of your grass lawn

One of the most time consuming aspects of any garden is the lawn. To cut back on maintenance, you have two options. You can either:

  1. Convert your grass lawn into either artificial grass or Astro turf
  2. Extend your garden’s hard space by turning your grass lawn into a deck, paving, gravel or a patio

Both of these options will allow you to remove the need to regularly mow, fertilise and maintain your lawn.

Speak to one of our tradespeople today to get started:

Want to keep your natural grass lawn? Why not hire a lawn care service to tend your lawn for you?

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3. Choose low maintenance landscaping materials

If you’re thinking of getting a garden deck or patio, you’ll want to consider materials, as some are higher maintenance than others.

For example, wood tends to be more time consuming as it needs to be regularly sanded and stained. On the other hand, composite is a very low maintenance landscaping material as it’s long-lasting and doesn’t require any treatments.

Or, if you’re thinking of getting garden paving, we recommend low-absorbing materials like granite and porcelain. These will allow you to cut down time on regular scrubbing and cleaning. To avoid weeds growing in between your paving slabs, have them filled in with paving sand to seal any gaps.

Decided on your new, low maintenance garden design? Request a quote today to get started.


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4. Don’t forget about outdoor lighting

The easiest way to create a cosy and aesthetic outdoor space is by making the most of outdoor lighting. Lights increase your garden’s security, extend your outdoor living space, add functional and aesthetic features, and enhance mood and atmosphere. Not to mention you can use them to highlight certain landscaping in your garden, such as water features or trees.

And the best news? They’re super low maintenance! You could opt for:

  • Solar-powered lights
  • Spotlights (also known as floodlights)
  • Pathway lighting
  • Timer and smart lighting
  • Motion-activated lights
  • String or fairy lights

By choosing weather resistant, solar powered and timer activated lights, you can completely remove any maintenance on your part, as the lights will recharge themselves, switch on and off according to how you pre-set them, and have a long lifespan thanks to their durability. Speak to an electrician today to find the right outdoor lighting for you.


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5. Get someone to do your garden maintenance for you!

If you do want a large lawn, lots of different flowers and plants, water features, irrigation systems, hedges and other high maintenance garden features, then why not simply hire a garden maintenance specialist to do all these jobs for you?

You can request a quote today by clicking on the link below:


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When it comes to low upkeep garden projects, always opt for long lasting and durable flowers and materials that won’t take up a lot of your time and that will allow you to enjoy your garden, year round. This will clear up your schedule for a relaxing summer spent in your beautiful garden, minus the maintenance. 

So, what are you waiting for, invest now to save time later!


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