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Low-effort hacks to make your garden look amazing

teacher avatar Mark Shorter, DIY expert!

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    • 1.

      Low effort hacks - Introduction


    • 2.

      Low effort hacks - Solar lights


    • 3.

      Low effort hacks - Rockery, Artificial lawn


    • 4.

      Low effort hacks - Clean patio, Hardy perennials


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If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you have your very own oasis that you can go to whenever you want to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Gardens are a great place of relaxation, and it’s been scientifically proven that gardening is not only good for mental wellbeing, but it’s also good exercise.

The only trouble is, despite all our desires, most of us don’t have all the time in the world to spend pruning, deadheading and tending to our gardens every single day, and if you own a garden, you’ll be well aware of the fact that it only takes a few weeks before your garden looks unkempt if you don’t keep on top of it.

So, in this course, we’re going to be looking at some hints and tips that we can use to make our garden a lot more maintenance free, whilst at the same time, keeping it looking amazing.

This course is for anybody with a garden who would love to make it look its best without spending hours each day and also without spending a fortune.

So, let’s start with one of my favourite things to put into any garden: solar lights.

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Mark Shorter

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1. Low effort hacks - Introduction: Low effort hacks to my huge garden. Look amazing. If you're lucky enough to have a garden, then you have your very own oasis. You can go to whenever you want to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Gardens are a great place for relaxation. And he's been scientifically proven that gardening is not only good for mental well-being, but it's also good exercise. The only trouble is, despite all our desires, most of us don't have all the time in the world to spend pruning, dead heading and tending to our gardens every single day. If you own a garden, you'll be well aware of the fact that it only takes a few weeks before your garden looks unkempt if you don't keep on top of it. In this course, we're going to be looking at some hints and tips that we can use to make our God a lot more maintenance free. Whilst at the same time keeping it looking amazing. This course is for anybody with a garden who would love to make it look its best with their spending hours each day out there. Let's start with one of my favorite things to put in any garden. Solar lights. Low effort hacks to my garden look amazing. If you're lucky enough to have a garden, then you have your very own. A way you can go to whenever you want to escape the hustle and bustle of life. 2. Low effort hacks - Solar lights: Satellites, lots of any sort are a great addition to any garden because they're not only add atmosphere, but they also allow you to get more use out of your garden once the sun goes down. There are several benefits to using solar powered lies instead of their main spout cousins. Firstly, there's the ease of use. Solar powered lights can be installed in an instance. You don't need to mess around worrying anything up. And you're not limited to having the light's position mirror parallel source. You can simply hook them up and away you go. Secondly, celluloid won't be a drain on your finances. Not only are solar powered laser lot cheaper to buy in the first-price, but they also won't cost you any electricity since they run on the Sun. The only thing you should really consider is that the charging panels should be somewhere. It can have a lot of access to sunlight daily. This will make the lights and the most powerful and long-lasting that they can be. Another couple of tips for keeping your lunch charge dope includes leaving them turned off. If you have lights with a switch that is for a couple of days, at least if you're not going to be using them. As this will help the top of the charge. Also keep the solar power charging device clean by warping it over regularly with some soapy water and the cloth, just to give you the best chance of charging up. There are so many options when it comes to solar lights nowadays, they come in all shapes and sizes. Floor lamps. You might not have thought about using a floor lamp in your garden. But the lines between the indoors and outdoors are becoming increasingly blurred. You may have seen the recent trend of including gardens, sofas. Garden cushions. It even gotten rooks in your outdoor spaces now not include a floor lamp. Solar poet floor lamp is the missing piece of any outdoor lounge. Flow lamb can be as beautiful as a piece of furniture in itself. Not only just a light bulb holder. The statue as nature of floor lamps is what makes them so visually impactful. The light they emit from high above minus the area directly beneath a great spot for reading fairy lights. Calling fairy lights around the tree trunk for an outdoor lights idea will always look pretty. Satellites are great for achieving these, because trees very often aren't anywhere near a look socket. When you're choosing lives for your tree, consider what sort of treaties. Little fairy lights will look great on a thick trunk. But if the tree is too high or too leafy, they have a tendency to disappear or look oddly placed. Instead, you could try getting large festoon soluble and you can string them from tree to tree. Festooned loads can add height, depth, and the atmosphere to any garden. If you team them up with a string of fairy lights, you can achieve a beautiful magical effect. You don't want to go over the top with very light. If you have too many of them, it can make the area look more like Santa's grotto than a magical woodland. You can always add more Lloyd's if you need. But starts out with a few and add them rather than putting up lots of lawyers everywhere and then having to take some down. If you want to create a really magical woodland or enchanted forest look, you can add little solo machine laws that adds the grass around the base of a tree. Hidden solar lights. The only trouble with Serverless is that often you have a big, ugly solar charging panel. However, you can now buy special or nine panels that come in decorative shapes and even useful objects like mirrors. These all-night sell a charge in panels not only come to life at night when the lights up, but they also might compute for steamer during the day. If you sterilize look ugly in the day, they replace them with something that looks noise all throughout the day. Dependence. Hanging satellites above its table can add a real sense of atmosphere to any summer evening garden parties. They come in all sorts of fun shapes and sizes. And because their solar panels that don't need plugging in. Just peice your table near a tree or a tall object, you'll have the perfect place to hang your lawyers from close. You can also get them in any design. Garden candles. Catalog is one of the most attractive types of lights and creates the most atmosphere. The problem with candlelight outside, however, the flame doesn't stay flickering for long. Luckily, you can now buy solar tea lights, candles, and even Langton's. There's no flame, but they have a flame effects that flicker when it comes on. You can cluster these fake candles together on your patio for an intimate seating area. Lighted pathways. State lights are great for lining our path in your garden or for placing in the middle of your borders. You can get small state lights or even tools to analyze. There were helped to section off areas of your garden. 3. Low effort hacks - Rockery, Artificial lawn: Ra Curry crockery or a rock garden is an interesting addition to your garden. Rock gardens can be incredibly low maintenance, even self-sufficient. If you're looking for a carefree garden, it's perfect. When you're creating a rock garden. If you want to make it as carefree as you possibly can make, it, plays a variety of rock sources over the soil to fill in any gaps. As this will limit both the amount of weeding you have to do an awesome editor watering since the rocks will lessen evaporation. When you're building your crockery. Don't underestimate the number of rock shall need. Ideally, you will need enough rocks to cover the area, then smaller rocks to fill in the gaps. You can usually find rocks in your garden center, but you might find them rather pricey. However, if you search places such as Facebook Marketplace or even eBay, you might find a good bargain, which plants? The most common plans people put on record. These are our points. The reason is because they're rocky environment is their natural habitat. They'll grow happily amongst your rocks. Alpine was like to grow on rocky slopes where there is plenty of drainage in the soil and plenty of light. Some common out points for rocker worries include or creeping time. Campaign, eula, sexy Frage, die anthers. As well as Alpine. You might want to look for succulents, simpler Vivek, and dwarf conifers. As these are good choices for some different varieties of architecture. You'll want to consider the conditions, these sorts of plants like when choosing the position of your Ra Curry. You'll need some way with plenty of light, at least a few hours of direct sunlight each day. You'll also find a slope a bit nicer than a flat rock garden. Firstly, the slope will help with drainage, but it also makes it easier to see from across the garden. To achieve a slope. Just make a little man of soul and place the rocks on it. On extra step that will make your record completely maintenance free is a layer of landscaping fabric placed over the surface of the rock or before you add the plants and rocks. This will prevent weeds from growing up through any gaps. And it also helps you to keep the soil in place. Artificial lawns. Whilst a real loan, if kept properly, can look beautiful. It does require a lot of upkeep. In the summer. You'll need to move frequently, water it's enough and read patch any dead areas. If you think you just don't have the time to keep up with lawn maintenance, then consider getting an artificial law. Once installed, an artificial loan requires virtually 0 maintenance and it'll look great all year round. You can install an artificial loan yourself. But I always recommend hiring a professional to lie the grass as they'll help you get the perfect finish. Artificial loads can be quite expensive depending on how realistic you want it to look. I would say though, that you should definitely get the best quality loan you can afford. It can be an expensive investment, pushes last a long time and you'll be glad you pi the little extra. Wouldn't you see the difference between cheaper artificial loan and a more expensive one? The difference really is noticeable. If he can have a look, a random various suppliers and fitters, you can dissolve it sort of lawn you'd like. Nowadays, they can look so realistic as they even had a few imperfections, just so that they don't look too perfect, which would make them obviously look fake. Artificial laws are virtually maintenance free, but they do require a tiny bit of TLC. Stiff brush can be used occasionally to remove foreign leaves or any other debris. And another tip is to apply weaker a couple of times per year. Even though we won't growth through the artificial lawn, airborne seeds might land on the lawn and then grow on top of it. 4. Low effort hacks - Clean patio, Hardy perennials: Clean patio. One quick way to give you a garden, an incident or beliefs is to give you a patio clean. Start by sweeping any debris from the patio, such as twigs and leaves, then you should use a specialized patio cleaner to get rid of any grime. If you are looking up to have a Jet wash, then this will cut down the amount of time it takes to clean your patio enormously. I would definitely take a picture before and after you clean your patio just for your own pleasure. You'll be absolutely amazed by how different it looks after you've given it a quick s2 with a jet washer. If you don't have a jet Washington hands, then there is another way of sprucing up your patio. You can use a 50% mix of water and bleach sprinkler mixture over your patio. Leave it for a few minutes and then brush off the ground with a hard brush. Once he said a few minutes to do its work and you've scrubbed it, you'll need to rinse it off with clean water. If you've had quite a lot of algae growth on your patio, you might need to repeat the process a couple of times though. Just be aware, however, that bleach is harmful to plants. If you get any on your lawn or on your plants, then rinse it with water immediately to dilute it. Choose hardy perennials. Whilst annual bedding plants can make a garden or glorious, they do require a lot of maintenance, especially during the summer months. If dedicating and replacing all plants doesn't sound like your thing, then you shouldn't look no further than hardy perennials. Perennial plants will come back year after year, so you don't need to replace them. Here are a few plants to add to your garden for some beautiful color with that, the hard work. Lavender. These plants are easy to care for and have beautiful purple flowers that will attract butterflies TO garden. Once you've had your lavender for a couple of years, you will need to start pruning it. With some plants. Pruning can be a pain, but with lavender, it's simply a matter of getting some sharp scissors or shears and cutting back the whole plant by a third. This will keep your plants healthy and it'll stop it going Woody as it gets older. Pillow oogonia. If you do want to have some bedding plants for some beautiful spring and summer color. Palette guardians are definitely the way to go, often called geraniums in garden centers. Pedagogy Williams will produce flowers for months. And the good thing is, you don't need to deadhead them. They are bedding plants and they are usually treated as annuals. But if you put them back in the winter and then move them in pots to a greenhouse, then they will come back each year. However, you can pick them up relatively cheaply. Most garden centers in mid to late spring can't be bothered with a hassle by fresh ones each year. Last time I checked in my local garden center, you could buy 12 Patagonia is for £6. Ucas. You're because our evergreen, Hardy and exotic spiky leaves and don't really need much maintenance at all. Just plant them in a slightly sunny spot and then leave it. You'll hardly need to water it and you don't even need to deadhead or prunings either. You might just need a title, the occasional foreign leaf now and then. Very similar-looking plant called a quarter line, is also easy to care for. And they come in a few more colors. False indigo plants. These pants or another easy, careful perennial that you don't need to do anything with. Just pop them in the grand and you'll get blue flowers every year. They get to about 1.5 meters tall and they'll spread TO by 60 centimeters wide. You can literally do nothing to these plans and it will thrive. But if you want to, you can prune it back in about October time just to tidy up any dead leaves. But if you just left it, they would just die back down to the ground eventually anyway. In the spring, you could also could it back to around about 15 centimeters tall. And it will grow much bushier than normal. Butterfly bush. Also known as some allylic. The butterfly bush is actually a type of bird layer. They are fast-growing and produce purple, red, or white flowers in the summer and autumn. This is another plant that he can just leave. But if you don't want it to get too big an under control, then cut it right down to the grinding early spring and new shoots will start to grow straightaway. The lighter you cut it back, the longer you'll have flowers for. Hydro ranges. Hydrangeas are a big bush that will flower year after year for up to 50 years, giving you a huge globular flowers. They come in pink, blue, purple, and white. Although it can actually depend on what type of soil you have as to what color of the flowers are. Hydrangeas off fairly hardy. I'm pretty difficult to kill. Perfect for the low maintenance Gardner. They prefer partial soon. There'll be happy to grow in shady or gardens. If you just leave hydrangeas, they will eventually turn a little bit woody. The flowers won't be as big. So it's best to prune them in early spring, cut them back to about 30 centimeters and they'll grow back Fuller and have bigger flowers by others or another annual load Patagonia. But they do well in the winter. If you'd go to your garden sensory and by October time and pick up your favorite color violas. Their last alter the winter and give you a gardener nice color boost. The good thing about growing violas in the winter is that you won't need to deadhead them As there'll be very slow growing. You can also leave them and they'll keep growing willing to next year. If the following year is a particularly mild winter, they might even keep growing for two years. But again, there's so inexpensive that you can usually buy a pack of ten plants for bear the price of a coffee. That's just a few tips that you can use for sprucing up your guarding in a low maintenance way.