6 Time Saving Summer Gardening Tips!
There’s nothing better than spending time outside doing some summer gardening. The hum of the bees. The chirping of the birds. The fragrance of blooming flowers and the taste of freshly picked fruit and vegetables. Then there’s the weeds. And the birds. And the white butterflies. And the continual need to water the garden.
Summer may be a wonderful season to be outside in the garden, but it sure is a busy time. But like each season, having a plan of what to do and having a few time saving tricks up your sleeve is always useful.
6 Time Saving Summer Gardening Tips
Time has a habit of slipping away. Thankfully we’ve got a few time saving summer gardening tips we are happy to share with you:
- Mulch – mulch is your friend. Not only does it keep down weeds, but it also helps retain moisture in the soil so you water and weed less. Straw, pine bark, wood chips and even grass clippings can be used. Just remember that mulch can warm up, so keep it away from stems and trunks.
- Use the right tools – while you could use a hand trowel to dig a hole, it would take much longer than if you use a spade. The right tools can make all the difference, helping you complete jobs quicker.
- Mow selectively – a bit controversial we know, but you could save time by mowing your lawn a little less in summer. Then instead of collecting up your grass clippings, leave them where they are cut to break down and release their nutrients.
- Choose the right trees – if you are not fond of pruning, raking up dropped flowers and leaves, then choose trees which are low maintenance. Olive trees, plus native Kanuka and Manuka trees are super low maintenance.
- Water in the cool – early morning or later in the evening, give your gardens a good soak every few days. Not only is this better than daily watering for your plants, it also helps save you time and water. If you are so inclined and your council permits, you could automate your watering too.
- Think design – if you want to spend less time gardening, then it is time for a rethink of your garden design. Raised beds can make planting and weeding quicker to do, and when they are next to each other, its easier to do the jobs for both at the same time.