Sometimes it's hard for busy individuals and families to invest the time in a large garden. You can still enjoy a beautiful (and bountiful) harvest with these tips for a low-maintenance garden.
If you want a garden, but you don't have the time to invest in hoeing, raking, weeding and amending the soil, there is still hope. Try some of these ideas:
Choose plants that will thrive in your natural soil.
Choose your site and determine whether or not it's shady or sunny and if the soil is naturally wet or dry.
Once you have a clear idea of the environment, pick the perfect plants to thrive there.
Choose hardy perennials that need little attention, can withstand summer heat and even the occasional drought so you can avoid having to weed, water and deadhead often. Ornamental grasses, vines, hostas, daylilies and artemisia are all hardy perennials that can survive your busy schedule.
Shrubs and trees are also low-maintenance guests in your garden. They'll provide visual interest, and blooming varieties, like azaleas, will show off in the spring. Make sure you look for bushes that are appropriate for your region.
If you plan to incorporate containers in your low-maintenance garden, use a bigger container. Smaller pots dry out more quickly, and mix your potting medium with polymer crystals, which will reduce the need for watering.
Incorporate mulch into your garden to lower the amount of work required. Not only can mulch look beautiful and add vibrant colors and fragrances to your landscape, but it can reduce water evaporation and discourage the growth of weeds.
Snake a soaker hose through your garden to make watering as easy as flipping the switch. While you'll still have to water your plants regularly until they're established, the soaker hose will do most of the work for you.
Use the Cold Hardiness Map in the Lowe's Plant Guide to find the perfect plants for your region. Also remember that your local Lowe's Garden Center carries the best plants at the right time for your growing zone.