Plants add a touch of natural beauty to our homes, and while they all require basic care, it is very much possible to enjoy their gorgeous blooms and foliage by making flower beds that are practically maintenance-free. In this post, we’ll share six tips that will help you design easy-to-maintain flower beds so you can enjoy a stunning front yard and backyard, without putting in too much work!
1. Assess sun exposure in your flower beds
Are your flower beds in full sun, partial shade, or full shade? With this information in mind, you can choose plants with the same light requirements. In the right environment, they’ll thrive, and you’ll get magnificent flower beds.
2. Add edgings
Use edging to separate the lawn from your flower beds. Use any material you like: plastic, aluminum, stone, concrete, wood, etc. The aim is to prevent the lawn from spreading into your flower beds, because once it does, you’ll have a hard time getting rid of it.
3. Choose hardy, low-maintenance perennials
The secret to maintenance-free flower beds is to plant perennials. Depending on their hardiness and sunlight requirements, these plant species can withstand almost any kind of weather, from extreme heat to harsh winters. In addition, by choosing varieties with different blooming periods, you’ll be able to maintain the visual appeal of your flower beds. Astilbes, rudbeckia, daylilies, hostas, campanulas, echinacea, and grasses are all excellent options.
4. Apply a slow-release fertilizer
By opting for a slow-release fertilizer like Fafard’s FLOWER MAX Controlled Release Fertilizer, you’ll enjoy abundant, colourful blooms without lifting a finger (or maybe just one), since you’ll have to apply it only once in the early summer. All the more reason to use it!
5. Spread out a thick layer of quality mulch
Using a thick layer of good-quality organic mulch, such as cedar or wood bark mulch, is key to reducing watering sessions and limiting weed growth in your no-maintenance flower beds.
6. Pull out weeds as soon as they appear
Don’t let weeds invade your flower beds, or you’ll be looking at endless weeding sessions. Instead, take a few minutes to remove weeds as soon as they appear. By doing so, you’ll prevent them from seeding all over the place and taking over at breakneck speed.
Bonus: the right soil for gorgeous, maintenance-free flower beds
Remember that rich soil is the key to lush, blooming, disease-resistant plants. See the soil as the canvas of your easy-maintenance flower beds—the better the quality, the more vibrant and colorful the result. Opt for a planting soil like Fafard’s 3/1 ANNUAL & PERENNIAL Planting Mix, which will support the growth and blooming of all your plants.
By following these tips, you’ll see that creating easy-to-maintain flower beds is perfectly doable. Furthermore, since they will require little care, you’ll have more time to enjoy your backyard and relax. You’ll be able to watch the flowers bloom and the colors change with the seasons, without worrying about overwatering, constant weed control, or the need for frequent plant replacement. Great, isn’t it?