For some of us gardening is therapeutic; our little safe haven to relax and enjoy the summer sun whilst tending to our flower beds. For the rest of us we’d rather spend time chasing the dog around the garden with the newspaper than pushing the lawn moor along. Regardless of your preference, no one wants to look out the back window to a neglected, rundown garden. These top maintenance tips will help keep it looking tip top minus the effort.
- It doesn’t need to be a mammoth task! Flower beds need a top up 1-2 times a week maximum.
- Water in the morning when the soil is cool, this will stop any water from evaporating.
- Don’t drown your plants, an even covering of flower beds is suffice.
- Avoid plant heads to prevent damage.
- Forgotten to water? Add plant food to your next batch – Baby Bio is great. This gives them a little spruce up for greener leaves and vibrant colours.
- Don’t cut your grass too short – if the temperature rises above 30 °C there’s nothing to protect it. Leave it at least 5cm long.
- The best time to water your grass is first thing on a morning around 8am.
- Don’t drown the grass. 10 – 15 litres of water per sq.m is enough.
- A lot of modern watering cans or hoses come with flow control sprinkler attachments. These are great to achieve an even coverage.
- Keep your plant beds fully stocked to minimise to room for weeds to develop.
- Bark or other mulch is great for preventing weeds sprouting.
- Pull weeds from the root to prevent further growth or spreading.
Automate the Process
- Don’t have time to water the plants or lawn? Get some automatic sprinklers to do it for you.
- Don’t enjoy mowing the lawn? If you’ve got the budget – Automatic lawn mowers take the chore out of cutting the grass but can come at a cost.
- Not feeling gardening at all? Go artificial – Eliminate the process all together and opt for fake grass – There’s a range to suit every budget!
*This post has been made in collaboration with Grass Direct.*