Preserving the beauty of your garden takes work, and lots of it. But you want that dream outdoor space for a reason – you just need to make regular garden maintenance as easy as possible.
To help you out, we’ve sown the seeds for a maintenance plan that will ensure your outside area continuously flourishes.
Think about the greenery
Your garden maintenance strategy all depends on its features. Lawns need mowing and, if the grass isn’t ryegrass, scarifying is required to get rid of any thatch. Your lawn should be fed too, as this will keep it strong and fresh, and stop weeds and moss growing. It’s not all about colour and quality either – if you want to make the surface of your patch of turf more even, then top dressing can be carried out.
Consistent hedge-cutting prevents them spilling over into your neighbours’ garden, and shrubs can be kept healthy by reshaping them and ensuring their size is restricted by pruning. Remember to regularly rake and dispose of any leaves that may fall, as well as the cuttings you make, to retain that well-groomed look.
If you have any flower beds, these will require weeding, mulching and fertilising. Mulching will save time on some of your tasks, as it helps the soil to retain water and thwarts weeds’ attempts to grow.
Consider the fixtures
It’s not just the greenery that needs a little TLC throughout the year – your garden fixtures should also be routinely inspected and maintained. This includes repairing walls, fences, sheds and any outbuildings.
You might have to take a good look to see if these structures need fixing. A wall that is missing bricks is obviously in need of care, but it could be leaning or there might be hidden cracks. Fences should be repaired if they’ve started to rot, incurred any weather damage, or have been destroyed by insects.
Splits in the roof, warped wood, or a damp or rotten floor, are all signs your shed needs a revival. Gutter clearance might also be required if it has become clogged or broken, as this could result in damp within your home as well as damage to its structure. Blocked outside drains can also contribute to this, in addition to unpleasant smells, flooding, and an accumulation of harmful bacteria. Upkeep is essential for a healthy property – not just a good-looking one.
Design with ease in mind
There’s no such thing as a no-maintenance garden, but you can design one that requires the very lowest amount of work possible. The style will need to be quite minimal, so you should first decide on the features you’d definitely like to include. If having a lawn isn’t a priority, you may want to swap it for paving or a rose garden.
You might also want to change where these elements are, as this can impact the amount of time you spend cultivating them. A garden that’s easy to navigate around becomes a joy to care for.
Bedding plants require a lot of effort, but there are options that will grow without constant maintenance (like evergreens) and ones that grow slowly (like yew).
Know when to carry out garden maintenance
There’s a lot of tasks involved in garden maintenance, but you don’t need to do them all at once. The end of January is great for feeding with slow-releasing fertilisers (just make sure you have the right one for the job), in February keep off the grass unless the weather is mild and dry, and organic fertilisers are best used when March begins.
Spring will also require weeding and mulching, and the lawn may grow so fast that mowing is a weekly activity. May’s increase in temperature will cause insects to appear, so you might need to take measures to ward them away. Pruning will be necessary as well, and flower beds should be fed in June.
July and August’s extreme heat often means watering your plants more often than usual, whilst September generally sees minimal maintenance and it’s the perfect time for scarifying and spiking lawns as the dry weather comes to an end as this will revitalise the lawn. October is for tidying fallen leaves, and you can use November to plant bare-root trees and shrubs. December’s relatively quiet, but you’ll still need to water plants if there is a dry spell.
Seek outside help
Maintaining a garden is an ongoing process, but if you find that you don’t have the time or confidence to carry out all the necessary jobs, it may be better to source a professional to do the work for you.
They will have expert knowledge on all plants, pests and diseases, so you won’t have to spend any time doing research. A professional will also already have the necessary tools and heavy machinery to work on your garden. This will mean that not only do you not have to fork out for it yourself, the work being carried out will be done to the best standards possible.
The professional you hire will also be a multi-skilled tradesperson – they will be able to offer lots of advice about a variety of areas. You’ll likely benefit from far more than their knowledge on preserving gardens!
With these tips, you’ll have a fertile ground on which you can grow a garden maintenance plan. And, for a helping hand deciding the best features for your garden design, further outdoor care advice, or assistance carrying out the tasks themselves, you can always rely on Dreamscape Gardens.
We have full BALI accreditation, so you can trust us to ensure your garden blossoms. To discover more about our design, landscaping and maintenance services, get in touch with our team today.