A majority of people work shifts or days that are not conducive to fully working a garden. It is of the utmost importance to start the process of having a difficulty-free garden. This post provides you with that first step and helps accomplish a precise understanding of the challenges you may face as a weekend gardener. The goal is to construct a garden that virtually takes care of itself.
Most people never find a way to evade the overwhelming sense of responsibilities and burdensome work that seems endless, as required by a high-maintenance garden. If you want to avoid the consequences of planting a garden that will be overwhelming with your work schedule, you’ll need to start by making a decisive audit of the maintenance of your yard and garden.
If you and your family are planning a garden, begin by taking a walk around your yard space and determine how much time you take to look after those areas.
- Which plants demand the most care, at this moment?
- Are there places in your yard that make you happy and require less care?
- What areas do you love so much that no matter the maintenance it takes you don’t want to change them?
- Can you foresee any areas being downsized, or that can be revised with a low-maintenance layout or gardening approach?
- Do you have an issue weeding the area?
- What areas of your lawn are the most difficult to mow?
As you do an initial examination, remember it is acceptable to acknowledge what you dislike when it comes to gardening work. It’s important that we eradicate these areas first.
People that you know may have a different opinion when it comes to lawn maintenance and gardening. For example, I don’t like mowing the lawn. Not because I don’t like the exercise, but we have a huge yard (just over an acre). Thank God for riding mowers! Other people and their kids may actually enjoy the exercise or enjoy getting some sun. You may find weeding tedious, while others will enjoy grabbing weeds by the handful and tearing them forcefully out of the ground by the roots. Part of your survey is to jot down the areas that involve extra work. How you feel about each spot and specifying which areas are explicitly time-consuming.
Once you’ve completed that task, take your inventory, and indicate with a checkmark next to those items that you expect to retain regardless of how much work involved it takes. For the other items on your list, put a question mark (?) next to the ones you take pride in looking at, but take too much work. You will find techniques you can implement to these problem areas that will end up saving you time.
You should make a plan to get rid of those areas that you left UNMARKED. You will want low maintenance ways to make these areas into places of satisfaction, instead of an ongoing chore. You must first IDENTIFY the issues out there in your yard before you can DO anything to lessen the efforts. Do this as a first step to accomplish bliss in your gardening experience.