We all want to enjoy our garden in the summertime, but not every garden is up to scratch. After a couple of months in the wilderness, yours might look a little tired and in need of some tender loving care. The thing is, you can’t be bothered. Don’t be ashamed because we all feel the same way at some point in our lives! The good news is that there are garden maintenance hacks for the inherently lazy for us. The following will make sure your garden looks stunning all summer without the need to break your back or waste time.
Hey, you can thank me later!
Water The Lawn Less
A luscious lawn involves plenty of water, right? Not necessarily according to the experts. They say it’s better to drench the lawn with H2O from a quality commercial hose attached to sprinklers once or twice a week so that the fluid gets to the roots. That way, the growth will be more prolonged and more pronounced. Plus, this method gets the grass used to sessions of drought, so it should be able to survive better when there is less rain. A good rule of thumb is to spend about twenty minutes, twice a week, watering the garden depending on the rainfall.
Blast Dirt Away
Another annoying part of maintaining your garden is the dirt. If you have pavers or stone flags on the ground, the grime sticks to it very easily and it’s impossible to ignore. Spending the evenings scrubbing on your hands and knees with a toothbrush isn’t how you pictured relaxing after work! With a pressure washer, it doesn’t have to be because the high powered stream will blow away the dirt. All you need to do is stand at a distance and direct the debris into the drains. Nothing could be as simple.
Don’t Build With Wood
Gardens like to use wood because it’s a strong and durable material; plus, it’s organic. However, it breaks down over time and causes people like you and I to spend our time covering it in gloss and paint. Sometimes, we even need to take out full panels and replace them with new ones. I find that vinyl fencing is the answer as vinyl isn’t as degradable as wood. Not only does it keep its color in all weather conditions; it has five times the tensile strength and isn’t toxic. Oh, it’s very pretty too, so there’s no need to worry about the aesthetics.
Clean The Grill
It isn’t summer without grilling food and inviting friends and family over for a BBQ. The problem is the cleaning up that takes place after. Everything sticks to the grill and it’s tough to get it spotless. Thankfully, a lot of heat and an onion is all you need. Turn the BBQ up until it’s piping hot to soften the dirt and start rubbing with one side of an onion to remove grease stuck-on food. Or, if you don’t want the taste, you can use aluminum foil.
There you have it – genius garden hacks that save on time, money and stress!