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5 hacks for a low maintenance garden all year round

You don’t have to sacrifice hours of your time every week just to have a beautiful garden. Creating an inviting outdoor space is a great way to feel at peace as you get home every day. As an added benefit, having a low maintenance but appealing garden can dramatically increase your property’s curb appeal, driving up its value if you decide to sell.

Low maintenance garden - lounge room opening up to a small garden

Low maintenance garden ideas

Rectangular lawn

If you want to maintain a lawn, it’s a smart idea to keep it a rectangular shape. This will make it significantly easier to mow. In fact, irregular shaped lawns can take up to 10 times longer to mow. Though a rectangular lawn looks less spectacular in comparison to a one with a unique shape, the time savings can definitely be worth your while.

Irrigation system

Planning out an irrigation system for your garden will take some initial time, money and effort. However, in the long run, it will make maintaining your lawn almost effortless. Sprayers and drippers are a water wise and efficient way to water your garden. If you don’t want to DIY, you can also hire a professional to set up your irrigation system.

Artificial hedges

If you need to create some privacy or you want to separate parts of your garden, such as your driveway from your yard, artificial hedges are a great alternative to fences or walls. They have all the aesthetic benefits of real hedges, without the hassle. High quality artificial hedges will be durable, recyclable, free from toxic chemicals and easy to install.

Artificial hedges - boxwood hedges for low maintenance garden

Succulents and cacti

If you’re hoping to add some real plants into your garden, succulents and cacti are one of the best options. Not only can they tolerate hot temperatures, you hardly have to water them. You could even set them up so that they are watered with your irrigation system. Some popular kinds of succulents and cacti include zwartkop, blue chalk and crassula campfire.

Perennial flowers

Though succulents and cacti are great, they won’t be able to add any colour. Perennial flowers are relatively easy to maintain but will give your garden the burst of colour they need. Unlike annuals, they will continue growing year after year. Example of perennial flowers include lavender and geraniums.

Gardens are a huge part the home for many people. You want your garden to look nice and neat without having to constantly mow the lawn or trim your hedges. Many prospective home buyers will have the same perspective and will love to see a property with a stunning yet easy to manage garden.


Guest author: James Pointon is a Commercial Manager at OpenAgent.com.au, an online agent comparison website helping Australians to sell, buy and own property.


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