Many of us have hectic schedules, which means that finding time for DIY and gardening jobs can be tough. If the last thing you want to do on your weekend off is try and navigate you way through an overgrown lawn, these time-saving tips could help.

Planting suggestions

If you have flower beds, or you’re eager to inject some colour into the garden, there are ways of making life easier. You don’t have to tend to your beds every second of the day to enjoy stunning results. Choose perennial plants for longer-lasting, low maintenance results. Buy ready-potted plants and dot them around your decking or patio. Opt for grasses or shrubs if you’re a novice looking for an easy way of making your garden look great. If you’re keen to go traditional and sow seeds, look for simple tips and tricks online.

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Invest in irrigation

Do you struggle to find time to water your plants? Are you away a lot with work? If so, an irrigation system could be the answer. Investing in a watering system will save you time and energy. You’ll also save money on water bills, as your system will control water usage, as well as making your lawn look healthy. If you’re eager to learn more about irrigation, head over to ProIrrigation

Employ an expert

Has your garden gone to pot over the winter? Have you simply not got time to mow the lawns and tend to the seedlings? If you don’t have the time or the inclination to get into the garden yourself, there’s no shame in hiring an expert. Look around for a local gardener, or ask friends or colleagues for recommendations. Arrange for your gardener to visit once or twice a week, and you can enjoy your garden without any stress or hassle.

Go for low maintenance

If perfectly manicured lawns and extravagant displays of flowers aren’t your thing, that’s fine. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort by opting for a low maintenance garden. Replace turf with pebbles or bark chippings. Swap benches for a swing chair. Replace traditional borders with potted bay and olive trees. Use lanterns and outdoor up lighters to create ambience, and lay floor cushions on your decking to make the space more welcoming. If you’re keen to create a statement feature, why not build a rock garden, or invest in a chic, understated water feature.

If you want to keep your lawn and you have a large garden, you could always create separate areas. Section off an area for chilling out or entertaining, which requires little attention. Keep a manageable area of turf and fill the remaining space with a summer house.

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Many of us find it increasingly tricky to work through our daily to-do lists, but gardening doesn’t have to be time-consuming. If you choose the right plants, you hire help and you take appropriate advice on board, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. You’ll have spare time, which can be spent enjoying your wonderful garden.