If you have a large garden, making changes to it to ensure it’s as manageable as possible will help you to save both money and time. Your garden can look fantastic with little trouble if you only know what to do - and we’re going to discuss this below. Take a look and you’ll get a good idea of how to maintain a large garden the easy way. You’ll wonder how you ever got along without the advice below!
Add Some Hard Landscape
Adding a large sweep of paving that runs across the garden creates an area that needs little maintenance and offers a fantastic place for you to relax. It must be professionally laid though if it’s going to work well for you, so see if you can find a local landscaper online before attempting to do something like this yourself. Do your due diligence so you get the result you want for value for money.
Make Your Lawn Easier To Manage
To make your lawn easier to manage, you can cut a path through the lawn and mow around the edges. Leave inner areas to grow and you’ll get more brown butterflies laying eggs on the grasses and invite more wildlife in this way. Undisturbed areas, in the corners and further reaches, are very beneficial to wildlife, especially hedgehogs. If you want an easier way of keeping your lawn maintained, you’ll want to look at things like compact tractors - especially beneficial if you have a lot of ground to cover.
Make Your Planting As Simple As Possible (and some ideas)
If there’s one thing all maintenance-free gardens have in common, it’s that they contain shrubs. By choosing yours wisely, you’ll be able to keep your large garden looking great without barely having to do anything. You’ll find ideas suited to different areas in your large garden below:
Easy Shrubs For Big Gardens
The following shrubs are easy to maintain and great for a large garden:
Syringa meyeri ‘Palibin’ AGM
Sarcococca confusa (Christmas box) AGM
Aucuba japonica (Spotted laurel)
Choisya ternata (Mexican Orange Blossom) AGM
Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ (Red-barked Dogwood) AGM
Hypericum hidcoteense ‘Hidcote’ AGM (St John's wort)
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Gerda' AGM (Common Elder)
Viburnum davidii AGM
Ground Cover Plants
Ground cover plants can reduce your need to weed your garden, again saving you time. Some ideas to follow:
Hedera helix (English Ivy)
Hedera helix 'Silver King' syn. 'Koniger's Variegated’
Hedera helix 'Anita’
Vinca minor (Lesser Periwinkle)
Bergenia cordifolia ‘Purpurea' (Elephant’s Ears)
Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’ (Lamb’s Ears)
Shady Corner Plants
The following plants are best for shady corners:
Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ (Dead Nettle)
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides AGM
Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’ AGM
Hopefully, you have a good idea now of what you should do to easily maintain a large garden. Hard landscaping, less worries about keeping your lawn perfectly mowed, helpful tools, and the right plants will all make a massive difference.
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