Struggling to cope with the upkeep of freshly-cut lawns and perfectly clipped hedges? Then, create a no-work garden instead! These clever tricks will leave you with an outdoor space that’s beautiful and easy to maintain…
8 easy ways to create a no-effort garden:
If your garden is on a slight hill and is just mainly lawn with a single path through the centre then landscaping the space into level tiers can create an illusion of a bigger space – tiers are also easier to plant and maintain than a sloping lawn that needs mowing!
Raise the beds
Elevating the beds means you don’t need to bend down to tend to plants and can dig at a comfortable height.
The raised beds also improve drainage as the soil doesn’t get too waterlogged. Adding a layer of gravel or wood chippings will keep the beds looking tidy, while also preventing weeds from growing.
Easy care planting
Low-maintenance evergreens and perennials will provide year-round interest and they only need the occasional prune or tidy-up.
Indigenous plants are a low-maintenance choice and, if you have a small space, choose smaller-leafed plants, as large leaves can make your garden look more compact. Use containers to bring in seasonal colour and group them together for easy watering.
Read more: 10 ways to get kids gardening
Light it up
Dotting solar lights in the raised flower beds will provide mood lighting in the evenings – and they’re virtually maintenance free!
Link the outdoors to the indoors
When planning your outdoor space, choose a wall colour that works with your interior scheme for a seamless indoor-outdoor feel. Don’t forget to match the materials used in both spaces, too – this can make both of the areas appear a bit bigger.
Choose outdoor furniture that’s weather-proof and won’t need to be painted or varnished regularly.
Fake a lawn or lay pavers
Artificial grass is the ultimate easy-care option (no mowing, no water, no fertiliser required, and no muddy footprints on the kitchen floor!) – and the latest products look so realistic.
Putting in paved spaces and pathways will eliminate any fussing with the lawn. Slate and slabs are easier to clean than decking, and won’t need to be raked into place like gravel.
Bring in a water feature
If you want to add the soothing effects of running water to your garden, but don’t want the hassle of cleaning and weeding a pond regularly, try a simple water feature.
A modern water blade – set into a stone veneer wall and combined with an LED colour-changing light strip – creates a low-effort, eye-catching focal point, and drowns out surrounding noise in an urban garden.
Create a spot for dining
An outdoor dining area is perfect for summer entertaining (or relaxing!), and a tiled surface makes clean-ups a breeze. Want to fake the look of a colourful garden? Plant-filled pots and planters will do the trick.
Add a braai for less mess indoors, and choose dining furniture that can withstand outdoor wear and tear.
Lifestyle writer at Essentials magazine with an interest in chatting with interesting women with a story to tell, weekend hikes and food spots with a kids play area to enjoy uninterrupted meals.