5 Ways To Spend Less Time Maintaining Your Outdoor Space and More Time Enjoying it!
With an unreasonably long winter and a painfully short spring, today’s homeowner should maximize their available downtime and minimize the hours spent on household chores. So instead of wrestling with a never ending to-do
list in the backyard this summer, plan ahead and cut your workload down to the minimum. Here are some easy tips.
1.Add non-living décor in place of plants. I hate to use the term garden art because it brings up images of painted metal flowers and garden gnomes pushing wheelbarrows. But adding items of interest to the garden like funky birdhouses, architectural metal shapes, even tall wood obelisks, can create visual interest, while requiring zero effort to maintain.
2.Take the time to sharpen your tools. We all know that kitchen knives work better when sharp. The same is true for all of the blades on your yard tools. No one wants to go over a section of the lawn more than once or ‘chew’ through a branch with dull pruners. If you can’t do it yourself, take it to someone who can.
3.Use wood that is pre-stained for decks and fences. There’s a lot of products that promise easy care and maintenance for wood surfaces. My go-to is MicroPro Sienna. It’s the same price as pressure treated wood, but because it’s treated with a great brown shade, I don’t need to stain it every spring. You get the look of cedar at a fraction of the price and reduce time spent caring for a deck or fence to almost nothing.
4.I hate weeding. I REALLY hate weeding. My secret to avoid weeding all summer is newspaper! We’ve all heard about using mulch in a garden around the plants to prevent weed growth, and it does work…some of the time. If you line the beds with seven layers of newspaper before adding mulch on top of it you take away the one component weeds need to grow — light. The newspaper will also breakdown under the mulch, adding nutrients to the soil below.
5.Instead of colourful plants, use colourful
planters. Plants that flower generally require more care and attention than ones that don’t. And what’s all that work good for? Most perennials and several annuals only bloom for a few weeks. If you want reds, blues or oranges at your front door or on the deck, choose a container that already has them and fill it with lush ferns or rich grasses. It will give you the look you want for your space … all summer long.