Low or easy maintenance gardening is what many people would like to achieve in their family home, either through necessity or as a preference. No garden will be zero maintenance but most gardening activities have a lower input solution or alternative to consider.
When you have to consider low maintenance gardening
with busy lives, many homeowners are looking to keep gardening tasks to a manageable level. However, there are particular circumstances when easy or low maintenance gardening is most relevant. These might include:
Design and Planning
Start by looking at how much input you can make to the garden and the features or functions that are most important to you. For example, if growing your own vegetables is high on the priority list, keep a veg patch that will meet your needs while minimising activity elsewhere such as replacing lawn with paving or a rose garden with a shrub border.
Try to position features that are more labour intensive closer to the house or the shed so that you are not wasting a lot of effort walking, carrying or wheel barrowing items up and down the garden.
Consider installing a water point close to where you are most likely to need it (e.g. a greenhouse). Equally, it may be that an automatic irrigation system, especially for lots of pots and planters, could take a lot of stress out of watering.
Some design decisions will not be so obvious. A living hedge may require clipping every year but if kept to a manageable height this might in the long run be less onerous than having to paint and replace wooden fencing.
Here are some ideas to consider when thnking about have a lawn or changing the current one that you have.