Garden maintenance, the war on weeds, call it as you wish it’s never going to go away.
Here are my top tips for gradually changing your tactics so that you can spend less time working on your garden and more time enjoying it.
Ok so mowing still takes up a large percentage of your maintenance time in the garden. A rationalization strategy is needed. Firstly remove as many obstacles to your mowing as possible. Then identify all the spots in your garden which are difficult to mow or require a strimmer to be tidied up after the mowing. Could any of these areas be planted with low maintenance ground cover plants to avoid them being mowed at all?
Very often if you have bought a “French” garden you will find plants shrubs and trees dotted about on the grass. In this sort of situation each and every “obstacle in the grass extends your mowing work time. I suggest that you go back to the “English” garden concept where plants and shrubs are planted in beds. Beds of shrubs give you a chance to group the plants for better effect and also create a shape of bed with a contour which is “mowable”. By mowable I mean, an edge that your mower can smoothly get around without you having to stop and do complicated manoeuvers.
Just think of this as rationalisation, make your garden more efficient….