If the idea of getting up early on Saturday morning to commune with your landscape is an idea that you cherish, but don’t dare pursue because of the high level of maintenance required, you may be surprised to find out that a perfect garden doesn’t always require backbreaking labor or gallons of water to keep it alive. In fact, there are lots of ways to make gardening easier and increase the time you have to spend glancing at your pert little petunias.
Gardening Doesn’t Have to Be Hard to Be Rewarding
Maintaining a garden was a massive labor of love, with a massive emphasis on the labor part. But people have been keeping some type of plant life semi-domesticated since the dawn of human evolution. And, since the dawn of development, we have been trying to make the process easier and more effective. Whether you are growing fountain grass or exotic herbs, there’s something on this list that’ll improve your gardening experience:
Sprinklers. The old standby for greener lawns everywhere, sprinklers can be utilized in other situations, too. For example, if it is a nice sunny day and the risk of water standing on leaves is small, use you to water your vegetable garden plot. You can also help young trees and shrubs get a fantastic start by sprinkling them softly every warm, dry day.
Drip irrigation. Sprinklers are great for big areas, but what do you do when you just want to water a few specific plants? Drip irrigation is the answer you seek. You can use these systems with basic timers or upgrade to a much more sophisticated system that can allow you to slowly drip water at the base of plants that don’t like water in their leaves or otherwise require individual care.
Native plants. There’s no such thing as a plant that requires zero attention, but native plants come fairly close. Instead of having to fret over special care for plants that are delicate in your area, pick the ones that have spent generations evolving there.
For prairie dwellers, native grasses are a great start; those from the desert can do some pretty amazing things with barrel cactus and dramatic succulents. Visit your local nursery or ask your landscaper what plants are native to your area.
Containers. From pots on the patio railing to gutters loaded down with strawberries, containers make gardening so much easier. You can start with the perfect soil mix, ensuring that drainage isn’t a problem, then add a little fertilizer and your favorite plants. Now you just have to water and watch those babies grow.
Vertical gardens. Plants in and on the ground tend to end up in a mess — especially if those plants are vines! Vertical gardening isn’t limited to these twining climbers, you can also hang degrees of containers, allowing you lots of extra space for growing things. Like with any containers, you are totally in control of the environment, but vertical gardening minimizes bending and kneeling. Win-win.