Gardening

The "No Work" Garden

The “No Work” Garden

Many gardeners love tending to their gardens. They derive joy from the process, as well as the beautiful results it produces. But some gardeners just want to get to the finish line as quickly as possible. They want the stunning garden and perfectly manicured lawn, but they don’t want to give up the better part of their weekend to get there.

Is there such a thing as the “no work” garden? Let’s take a look.

Choose Great Companion Plants

Sickly plants that can’t survive by themselves are a major headache for gardeners. Tending plants and rooting out weeds can be a time-consuming ordeal. But thanks to so-called “companion plants,” it might not be as hard as you think to look after certain species in your garden. Companion plants are plants that you want in your garden which help to keep other plants strong, according to http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/. Although you may have to spend a little extra time doing research, figuring out which plants go with each other, it’s time well spent.

 

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Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

If you truly want your garden to be “no work” you have to create the conditions to allow it to become an ecosystem in its own right. While this might involve making a few sacrifices here and there, it means that you’ll end up with an attractive garden that pretty much looks after itself. The first thing to do is to introduce the right wildlife to keep pests under control. A pair of ducks, for instance, are great at hoovering up bugs and slugs – things which can ruin plants in your garden. If you do decide to use ducks, make sure that you’ve got a large area for them to roam freely, as their droppings can damage grass if they are kept in a concentrated area.

An alternative to introducing ducks is to introduce plants that will help lure natural predators to your garden to remove any pest problems. Ladybirds, for instance, will feed on aphids. Toads and frogs in a pond will eat slugs.

 

Use Robots

According to the http://www.thesmartfuture.net/robot-lawn-mower-reviews/ robot technology has moved on considerably – to the point, in fact, where robots are now able to mow your lawn for you. The technology is actually rather similar to vacuuming robots that automatically vacuum up all the dust from your living room. On board, computers instruct the robot lawn mower where to go, and it’ll learn the shape of your lawn.

You’re not just limited to robot lawn mowers when it comes to robot garden automation. There are also other watering gadgets available which will automatically water your plants when they detect the soil moisture levels dropping below a certain threshold.

 

Use Raised Beds

Getting down on your hands and knees can be demanding on your joints. That’s why using raised beds is a good idea. It makes pruning and planting lots easier by bringing plants up to a more manageable height. Just remember that the soil in raised beds dries out more quickly than soil at ground level, so you might need to water more often.

 

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