As a busy mum, it can be hard to find time to spruce up the garden. If there is ever any downtime, it can be nice to just relax, get some work done, or get some much-needed jobs done around the house. So the garden doesn’t really feature, especially over the winter months. This spring, though, everything will be blooming and flourishing. Unfortunately, that includes the weeds! So if you are looking for ways of creating a low maintenance garden over the coming months, now is the time to do it. By summer, you’ll be needing to pull out weeds every couple of days.
Here are some ideas of how you can create a low maintenance garden.
Change the Lawn
The ultimate way to create a low-maintenance garden is to get rid of the lawn. In peak seasons you might need to be mowing it every week. No weeds can grow in it if it isn’t there. Laying down pebbles or gravel is an alternative. If you have got young children, though, you might prefer it to be like one large patio, with large tiles laid down. If the idea of having a green space does appeal, though, there is a lower maintenance option. More and more people are choosing to get artificial grass in their garden instead. It will need an occasional clean but is softer for little ones. I’m not sure I’m sold on the idea but I’ve seen bloggers on Instagram that have it, and it does look good.
When we become a parent, we want to spend as much time with our children as possible. We want their younger years to be filled with joy, happiness and fun, and as a result of this we try our best to keep them entertained and content through a range of different activities. As they get older, their needs will change which will mean we will not necessarily have to take as much time to think about what we should do with them, and where we should take them for fun days out. When a child is young, they can be content by simply playing with their toys, reading books, colouring or painting. But, as their age progresses they will be happy in their room, playing games, using the internet or catching up with school work.
There are lots of reasons why you should allow your toddler to spend time in the garden. For one thing, the fresh air can be good for them. The open space allows them to run around and play without restriction. Also, you don’t have to worry about spills and marks when they are playing around in the garden. To make the garden extra fun for your child, here are some things that you can add that your toddler will love. Just be careful to ensure they are safe, and you keep an eye on your child while they are doing the below!
Growing your own food is an excellent way to slash money off your food shopping bill, and is a fun and productive hobby to have. Knowing you’ve grown something from scratch is always a proud moment, and it can really help you to appreciate where your food comes from. We can be so used to seeing it packaged in plastic at the supermarket that it’s easy to forget how miraculous it is when fresh produce grows from tiny seeds! While anything you can get going in the garden and enjoy consuming is beneficial, there are some crops that are particularly good. This is because they preserve well, meaning you can enjoy the fruits of your labour long after the growing season comes to an end.
Strawberries are easy to grow in the garden, and are a staple for food storage. Big batches of strawberry jams and jellies are ideal for baking with, or just to slather onto hot buttered toast throughout the year. You could also dry them, and make homemade granola or just use them for cereal toppings. Home dried fruit will last up to a year, so you’ll have plenty of time to use up a big stash. You could go a step further and consider a greenhouse for your garden wooden greenhouses are popular choices. Growing strawberries under cover like this will produce fruit a whole month earlier.
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When you think of gardens, you probably imagine them at their best in spring and summer. However, a true gardener can appreciate the beauty of a garden all year. A garden can be just as stunning in autumn or winter, even if you aren’t lucky enough to get snow. If you love your garden, you should be able to enjoy it all the time. Even if you don’t want to be outside all the time, you can still appreciate it from the kitchen window. There are lots of moves you can make to create an all-weather garden. Come rain or shine, or even snow, you can get out and take pleasure in the fresh air, the plants, and the birds and other animals.
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Build a Conservatory or Winter Garden
You don’t always have to enjoy your garden from outside. Observing it from the warmth of indoors is a great idea too. With a conservatory, orangery or winter garden, you can get a brilliant view of your garden. At the same time, you can set up a comfortable seating area and make sure it’s warm. It can be just as much fun in the summer when you can open the doors and enjoy the sunshine. If you’re planning on reconfiguring your garden, start thinking about a conservatory first. You’ll need to consider how much space you have and how you’re going to rework the rest of the garden.
Just because Autumn is here and it’s colder out, doesn’t mean you can’t still get out and spend time in the garden.
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Even though your garden might not see much action until Spring, it might be a good idea to upgrade it now. A lot of garden supplies and equipment go on discount during months with less demand for them. If you’re thinking of taking on a project for garden improvement, why not turn it into a hangout spot?
The best way to get the most out of your garden space is to make it a place for get-togethers and parties. You can invite friends around or spend some quality time there with family. You might even want to relax there by yourself. Here are some tips for turning your garden into a hangout spot.