Creating A Low Maintenance Garden

I am not the most green-fingered person. I can’t even keep a bunch of flowers alive longer than a few days and I have, in the past even been known to kill a cactus. True Story. It goes without saying that my garden is somewhat neglected. For someone with no natural ability for maintaining green spaces, my small lawn area usually tends to look overgrown and somewhat shabby looking.

I have ummed and ahhed over the past few years over what exactly I want to do with it and now, seeing as the inside of my house has had a drastic overhaul, it could be time to turn my sorry excuse for a ‘garden’ into a space I want and enjoy to spend time in.

I really need to find a low maintenance garden ideas to help transform my outdoor space.

Replace the Lawn.

I’m not really maintaining the lawn as it is right now. As you can see in the image above when it’s not completely overgrown the lawn is patchy and in need of more TLC than I am able to give it!

Some ideas I have been considering are to have it totally paved. Part of my garden is paved and part tarmac (for car parking) making it all paved would reduce the need for a lawnmower and even out my space making it a much bigger area overall.

I have been also contemplated covering the grassy area with stones or artificial turf. All options require a lot of work to stop my original lawn coming through from underneath and be something I may have to call in a professional for to make sure it is done properly.

Decorative Outside Furniture.

Once the floor space is changed I would be able to make the most of my garden by adding some garden furniture to help enjoy my outdoor area. Although I do have a trampoline, having space opened up by removing the grass would enable me to move it to another part of the garden and also utilise the space under my kitchen windows for some decorative patio benches and functional table and chairs to relax on. One of the best places I always check out is Groupon. I can usually find some great patio and garden furniture deals on there amongst other things.

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Artifical Shrubbery and Solar Lights

To complete the look I think I would need to add some garden accessories, solar lights, wall plaques and fire pit or chimenea for those cooler nights once the summer sun has gone in.

Some well-placed light up artificial shrubbery or solar powered decorative items would tie the look together to be able to transform my garden from a place where I keep my bins to a relaxing outdoor low maintenance garden. Adding in large scatter floor cushion for the kids would not only give them something to relax on outside in the warmer weather but give added safety when getting on and off the trampoline too.

Do you have any tips for me for a low maintenance garden? I would love to hear any low-cost tips you might have for me!

*disclaimer: a collaborative post*
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