How to Have a Beautiful Garden When You’re Short on Time

June 27, 2024

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Many of us would love to spend our days relaxing outside and spending time in our gardens. Unfortunately, all of the responsibilities of modern life often prevent this from happening.

You may be concerned that you will have to wait until you are retired before you can create a beautiful garden and have time to actually enjoy it. But the good news is that it is possible to have a thriving garden, even when you are short on time.

To achieve this, you simply need to think about your backyard differently and take an alternative approach. 

A girl tending to a potted plant.

Keep reading to learn how you can create a beautiful garden even when you’re short on time. 

Eliminate Time-Consuming Gardening Tasks

There’s no doubt that some jobs in the garden can be incredibly time-consuming, especially when they need to be performed regularly. Cutting the grass is an example of this.

Over the summer months, your lawn will soon become overgrown and unsightly if it isn’t mowed frequently. However, when your schedule is packed, mowing the grass isn’t a top priority.

To eliminate this time-consuming task from your to-do list, you may choose to switch the grass for some pavers. Pavers are far less maintenance and make it so much easier to keep your backyard looking neat and tidy.

Pavers for a front sidewalk.

Make Watering Your Plants Easier

Having a garden that’s alive with color is a beautiful sight. However, having lots of flowers and plants in your backyard can mean that you need to spend a lot of effort watering and weeding. This isn’t ideal if you are short on time.

There are a few tricks you can do to minimize the time you spend watering and weeding your plants. This includes adding mulch to your soil. The mulch helps soil to stay moist for longer and also reduces the likelihood of weeds growing. 

Another trick to help you keep your garden thriving without too much effort is to introduce a watering system. Using a timed sprinkler means that you don’t need to remember to water your garden, as it is done for you.

A beautiful wooden flower box full of pink and white flowers

Choose Hardy Plants

There’s no doubt that some plants are trickier to look after than others. Some plants and flowers can look beautiful, but keeping them alive can feel like an ongoing struggle.

Choosing hardier plants that are able to withstand a range of conditions will make your life a lot easier and will keep your garden looking good with minimal effort.

So, when choosing your plants, look out for those that will thrive in your soil type, but are also able to withstand a range of temperatures and varying amounts of light. This will mean that you won’t need to worry about protecting them from winter frosts or shading them during harsh summers.

Purple black eyed pea flowers.

Choosing perennial plants is an excellent way to enjoy your plants for longer, without needing to re-plant bulbs and seeds each year. This will ensure your garden blooms beautifully each year even when you are short on time. 

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