Keeping a garden doesn’t mean spending free time watering or pruning when you’d rather be walking the dog, enjoying family or taking a run.
Try these six ways to make your garden low-maintenance and water smart.
1. Plant low-water perennials. Colorful perennials, such as Black-eyed Susan, coneflower, succulents and salvia can take periods without water, plus they don’t mind heat and return again and again.
2. Pair your plants with purpose. Plant natural mosquito control in a container to keep the pests away. You can also plant marigolds next to tomatoes to repel slugs, tomato worms and other garden pests.
3. Create a raised garden bed. Why spend time weeding the garden. Plant raised garden beds with low-water plants, such as lavender and rosemary. Line the bed with landscape fabric and make those weeds unwelcome in your garden.
4. Go vertical. The best part about keeping a vertical garden is that when you water one plant, it drains on the other, helping to reduce water usage. Vertical gardens also cut down on bugs so you’ll spend less time ridding your garden of pests.
5. Make your own compost. With leftover kitchen scraps, create your own nutrient-rich compost. Compost is your homemade soil that helps you raise healthier plants that require less of you over time.
6. Mulch, mulch, mulch. Besides compost, the other great ingredient for your low-maintenance garden is mulch. Mulch helps plants retain water. Try the mulch calculator to figure out how much you’ll need for your garden.
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