Jim Cross' tips for lower maintenance gardening

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13 January 2017 | Location

Keeping your garden in good condition can seem like a neverending task - but there ways to help keep maintenance to a minimum.

Here, landscape gardener Jim Cross shares his advice.

Trust in Evergreen plants

"There are hundreds of evergreen plants which are really easy to plant and maintain. Prune them a couple of times a month and they will flourish all year round."

Jim's recommendations include Cordyline, Box Shrubs and Daphne.

Keep weeds at bay

"There’s a very simple way of stopping weeds from sprouting up through the spring and summer months.

"Before laying down your turf or building some decking, put down a sheet of terram fabric and cover with gravel, stones or wood cuttings."

Avoid fast-growing hedges and plants

"While these plants and hedges can offer a lot of variety and colour to the garden, they also require more attention and maintenance.

"Plants which require lifting or season care (such as wrapping) are very time consuming. Bedding plants and bulb plants, such as tulips, will need removing when winter bites.

"For hedges, stick to the slow-growing hedging plants like Yew."

Keep up with your lawn

"It may be time consuming, but to keep your garden looking its best you should mow your lawn once a week.

"For an option with less commitment, artificial grass is a good alternative - but nothing beats real grass."

Watering the plants

"Alongside mowing the lawn, watering your plants is probably the most time-consuming job when tending to your garden.

"To make this easier, dig a trench while laying down piping and connect that to a hose or outdoor tap. This feeds the soil, and plants can then absorb the moisture through their roots and grow.

"From there, you can attach a timer to release the water and just sit back and watch as your plants continue to grow."


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